2003 - MERITORIOUS
Leo J. Trich, Jr., has a sports
career that spans more than 20 years of involvement. For more than 15
years he worked for PONY BASEBALL INTERNATIONAL, which started in
Washington, PA in 1951. He traveled across the Unites States and around
the world promoting baseball.
Leo was the Pony National Commissioner from 1978 through 1984. An
"executive on loan" to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983. He took a team of
18, 19 and 20-year-old players from Pennsylvania to Europe to advance
the game of baseball and help gain Olympic status for the game. That
team won an international tournament in Amsterdam.
He served in many capacities in the "Baseball in the Olympics" movement.
He was elected vice president of the United States Baseball Federation
(BASEBALL USA), served as chairman at two U.S. Olympic Committee
National Sports Festivals and was player selection chairman for college
baseball at the 1982 World's Fair.
Leo served on the United States Olympic Committee and on a taskforce for
baseball competition for the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.
He founded Ballpark Scholarships Inc. and through that non-profit group,
led efforts to build Falconi Field, in Washington County and was
instrumental in acquiring a Frontier League professional baseball team,
"The Washington Wild Things." Leo was recently named a Director of the
In addition to his sport career, Leo served seven terms in the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1988-2002) representing the 47th
Legislative District. He attended California University, Washington and
Jefferson College, Harvard University and the John F. Kennedy School of
Government. He served as chairman of the Southwest Committee, vice
chairman Health and Human Services Committee, Appropriations, Business
and Commerce, and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Leo and his wife, Adel, reside in North Franklin Township and are
parents of three children, Christian, and twins, Brittney and Courtney.