Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said, "Stan has been involved with our program for over 52 years. He is truly a dedicated volunteer and has played a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Ziomek began his affiliation with Babe Ruth League in 1952 when he founded the Amherst Babe Ruth League. He has coordinated the baseball program since its inception and continues today as President of the league. An average of 600 children per year has participated in the Amherst program during the decades he's overseen them. Also within the Amherst baseball league, Ziomek has served the youth as a coach and umpire and still remains the supervisor for all umpiring activities at all levels of Amherst baseball.
Stan Ziomek served as President of Babe Ruth League, Inc. in 1968 and as the Chairman of the Board in 1969. In addition, he held a position on the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors from 1956 until 1976.
A man who is proud to wear many hats for the Babe Ruth program, from 1976 through 2009, Ziomek served as Babe Ruth Western Massachusetts District 2 Commissioner, as well as shared his time at the state and regional level to support the activities of Babe Ruth Baseball. Through the 1960's and 1970's, he assisted in running numerous successful Babe Ruth World Series tournaments held at such sites as Anchorage, AK; Pine Bluff, AR; Manchester, NH; Albuquerque, NM; Douglas, AZ; Brawley, CA; and Klamath Falls, OR.
As President of the Amherst Babe Ruth League, Ziomek has organized the annual banquet bringing in numerous Red Sox players and other major/minor league ballplayers to speak to his young athletes about baseball and life experiences as an athlete. He always has the best interest of the kids at heart in whatever decisions he makes for the Amherst league.
Ziomek has been primarily responsible for the construction of all Babe Ruth diamonds in the town of Amherst, which has allowed the program to grow to support the baseball interests of the community. He also continues to advise town officials as to possible land acquisitions for additional athletic fields.
Ziomek has been the recipient of several honors, including the 19th Annual Edward J. Hickox award for his longtime accomplishments in sports and the Millicent Kaufman Award for his outstanding volunteer work for the town of Amherst.
For more than 50 years, Ziomek has been a Rotarian serving as Sergeant at Arms for most years.
Ziomek graduated from Amherst High School and attended Stockbridge School at the University of Massachusetts. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp. Professionally, he held the positions of Superintendent of Public Works, acting Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager, retiring in 1992.
A devoted family man, Stan Ziomek and his wife Beverly are the parents of six boys. Five of their sons played organized baseball in Amherst, and they are now proudly supporting four grandsons playing in the Amherst baseball program.
Ziomek has donated close over 58 years of his life (and counting) to the Babe Ruth program and the youth it services. The value of his contributions are immeasurable, his character unsullied, and his merit without question.
Stan Ziomek joins more than 200 individuals and organization who have earned the distinction of being inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.