Oswego Panthers to Honor Eric Lederman Today
A ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. at Oswego High School, where the Panthers baseball team will retire Lederman's number. Lederman, 12, died in April in an accident before a baseball game.
This afternoon, the Oswego High School Panthers baseball team will face off against the Oswego East High Wolves at the OHS field. But before that game, the Panthers will do something special – they will honor Eric Lederman by retiring his number.
Lederman, 12, of Oswego, was a catcher for the Oswego Panthers Orange 12U baseball team, and he died in April after an accident at a game in Wheaton. He was warming up before the game, and was struck in the neck with a ball. It was a tragedy that shook the Oswego community, and hundreds attended his funeral, and raised money to help his family.
At 5 p.m. today, the Panthers will hold a ceremony honoring Lederman on the OHS baseball field, and will retire the number 2. Head Coach Christopher Neitzel said this will ensure that Lederman, who loved baseball, will always be a Panther. The Lederman family will be in attendance.
The ceremony will take place directly before the game, at 5 p.m. The public is welcome.
The Oswego Baseball and Softball Association, in conjunction with Oswego Youth Tackle Football, has set up a memorial fund. Monetary donations can be made to the fund at Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road, Oswego, IL 60543. Make donations payable to "Eric Lederman Memorial Fund."