At a special ceremony Saturday afternoon, Pennsbury dedicated its baseball field to a beloved member of the community. From now on, Pennsbury will play all of their home games at the Vic Napolitano Field.
Napolitano is a name many Pennsbury High School graduates will remember. As head coach of the baseball program from 1965 to 1993, he led the team to 13 League Championships,
3 District One Titles, and 2 PIAA Final Four Appearances.
After decades of serving the Pennsbury community, Napolitano passed away in 2012 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Ginnie Napolitano, who spoke at Saturday’s event.
“It is both an honor and a pleasure to be inserted into today’s lineup as pinch hitters for Vic,” Ginnie Napolitano said. “A short time ago, we spoke with Vic. We told him to come out of the heaven team dug out, put down his fungo stick, walk over to the on deck circle and look below at his old stomping grounds because today is going to be his best day, forever.”
Long time Assistant Coach Kenneth Alston also spoke, detailing Vic Napolitano as a coach and person. They worked together for 19 years.
“Vic and I played our first game on this field in 1970,” Alston recalled. “I know he’s proud to have his name up on that scoreboard. Vic and I shared many great experiences on this field with a great number of really fine young men. Vic’s achievement of 400 plus wins would not have been possible if we didn’t have the support of the players, the administration, and the parents. It made coaching fun and it made us successful.”
Current Coach Joe Pesci opened and closed the ceremony. Pesci and Jack Masiello, grandfather of current shortstop Justin Masiello, spearheaded the campaign for the dedication.
Video of the full ceremony is available here.
A program at the event detailed Napolitano’s many accomplishments. A portion of the miniature biography is below.
Before becoming such a successful high school coach, Vic was one of the finest all-around athletes in Temple University history. He played on the 1951 NCAA Soccer Championship Team, the Varsity Basketball Team, and captained the 1952 Varsity Baseball Team. Vic never played in a losing soccer game in high school or college. He signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and played four years of pro ball. He is a member of the Temple University Hall of Fame (2009), the Pennsbury Athletic Hall of Fame inaugural class (2001), and the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2010). Vic was also named Bucks County Courier Times Coach of the Year, along with receiving their Twin Sports Award in 1974.
Vic Napolitano touched many lives, both as a coach and a teacher in his 36 years at Pennsbury. He was directly responsible for “opening college doors” for many of his players, who continued playing baseball at the college level, gaining educational degrees, and moving on to successful careers. Over a dozen of his former players signed baseball contracts with professional teams in the major or minor leagues.