The Second Annual Stephen Spina Softball Classic is being held July 17-18 at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, beginning at 9 am. Thirty-six-year old Stephen Spina, a well-liked baseball umpire, letter carrier and father, was found stabbed in his Mamaroneck Gardens apartment apartment on September 17, 2007. The murder remains unsolved, and money raised through the tournament will go to increase the $12,500 reward administered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of his murderer.
The event coordinators are encouraging as many people as possible to come to the Harbor to show their support for Spina’s family. The cost is $300 per team to participate, and donations will be accepted at the field throughout the weekend. For more information, contact John Boisitz at (914) 575-9128.
The two-day event is being sponsored in part by Anthony’s Bar & Grill, Brendan O’Brien Carpentry, EGB Consultants, Friends of Stephen Spina, the Muratore Family, Skillman Dental Centers and Spedafino Tax Services. There will be various raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, t-shirts and other items for sale during the tournament. In addition, food will be available.
Donations will be accepted at the field, or may be be mailed to The Stephen Spina Memorial Fund, 200 Fulton Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. In case of inclement weather, rain dates will be July 31 and August 1.
After nearly three years, there still has not been an arrest made in Mr. Spina’s murder. Mr. Spina’s friend John Boisitz, along with his family and other friends organized the softball tournament as an annual event. “Stephen was a great friend and we know he’d be on the front lines if this happened to one of his friends.” Mr. Boisitz commented. “The first annual tournament was such a success; we knew we had to keep it going.”
Mr. Spina’s family and friends hope that a larger reward will encourage someone to come forward with information to help solve his murder.