BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Richard Tylicki won Minor League Baseball's second annual Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award on Thursday for his outstanding support of the United States Armed Forces and veterans, both at the ballpark and in the community. Tylicki is the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Director of Stadium Operations and Lieutenant Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Tylicki began as an officer in the United States Army National Guard in 1992 and has earned 23 medals during his service. As the director of stadium operations with the Rumble Ponies he found a sponsorship that allowed all U.S. military veterans to attend the Ponies game for free over Memorial Day Weekend. Tylicki told 12 Sports on Thursday, the Ponies allow him the flexibility to continue to serve his country while maintaining his job, and said one of the most rewarding parts of the honor is the man it's named after.
"When I first broke into baseball in 1995, our general manager at the time, R.C. Reuteman use to talk about Colonel Murphy when he found out I was in the armed services, and tell me about what a great guy he was, a good league President, and just everyone loved the man," said Richard Tylicki. "I think it helped maybe easy my transition into baseball, and to give flexibility to R.C.'s mind to let me go off and serve."
Tylicki is the first individual to be honored with the award. The Charleston RiverDogs organization earned the honor in 2016, the first year of the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award.