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Quatrani Receives Induction into PA Legion Hall of Fame
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-07-28

            Ernie Quatrani, former manager of Perkiomen's American Legion baseball team, was inducted into the Pennsylvania American Legion Hall of Fame last weekend

Ernie Quatrani

in Ephrata. Quatrani and eight other inductees – including coaches, players and umpires – were feted during the annual banquet on Friday, July 23.

            Quatrani was honored for his efforts in leading two Legion teams. He collected 562 combined victories for Ardmore Manor and Perkiomen.

            During his acceptance speech, Quatrani attributed his success to his players, assistant coaches, a supportive family - including his wife Terry - and his parents, who introduced him to the game.

            Frank Mercon, who served as his assistant coach for 13 seasons on the Legion and Upper Perkiomen High School teams, described Quatrani as more than deserving.  "Ernie was completely honored and incredibly deserving," said Mercon, who nominated Quatrani last fall and attended the banquet, held on the eve of the opening of the Pennsylvania State Tournament.

            In 24 years managing Post 184, he compiled a record of 462-320, won three Bux-Mont League championships, made 22 playoff appearances and competed in eight Region 2 Tournaments. The Indians best finish came in 1991, when they finished second in Emmaus to perennial power Boyertown.

            In the 1970s, the Upper Hanover resident managed the Ardmore Manor, which played in the Main Line League in the 1970s. He led the team to three league titles and three Region 3 appearances and finished with a 100-46 record.

            According to Mercon, who succeeded Quatrani as head coach of Upper Perkiomen's baseball team following a 32-year stint at the school, his predecessor often displayed a fiery side in defense of his players.  The current coach said the thing he appreciated the most about Quatrani was the standard he set for his players.

            "Ernie never demanded perfection because it was not possible," Mercon said. "He demanded each player deliver their best effort. If you did that, he was always happy with the outcome."

            During his speech, Quatrani praised American Legion baseball as the best program available for kids to play the game. He lauded the members of Post 184 specifically, and the American Legion in general, for their selfless dedication to their communities, especially through the Legion baseball program.

            "Enjoy the experience," Quatrani told the players prior to the start of the eight-team double elimination tournament. "Remember that you have benefitted from the efforts of hundreds of volunteers whose only motivation is to help you succeed."


 

 

 

 

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