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John Mooney Tribute Page
John Mooney Tribute Page
John Mooney , one of the finer men you could ever hope to meet, retired in June 2004 after 50 years in the Catholic school system. He was Bonner's athletic director and the CL baseball chairman. He earlier gained fame as the baseball coach for 39 years at St. James, in Chester, which closed in June 1993. Below are several stories about John. Hope you enjoy them. Below the stories we'll post comments from friends/admirers about John. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! In the photo at left, John is serving as the ballboy for a Bonner home football game. He always did that. John Mooney wanted to stay strong for another month. He wanted to mask his emotions and say all the right things until June In a morning ceremony that honored faculty members, art teacher John Lenge presented Mooney with a framed pencil drawing of the building. In the upper left corner - keeping watch, if you will - is the faint hint of St . James 's mascot, a bulldog. All school personnel are to receive copies of the drawing. The first could have gone only to Mooney, who has served St . James for 39 of its That was so nice," Mooney When Mr. Mooney got up, respect him - felt deep sorrow for John Mooney. Mooney, 59, graduated from St . James in 1950 and began teaching Mooney publishes the alumni newsletter and the principal's newsletter and often can be found atop the gymnasium roof, sweeping away rainwater in a mostly futile attempt to prevent leaks. When someone asked him, "What job haven't you held at this place, except for principal? Mooney smiled. "I was that, too," he said. Next year, Mooney expects to teach at Monsignor Bonner. Whether he'll be involved with baseball is undetermined. "I talked with (Bonner coach) Bob Vent the other day," Mooney said. "I coach, speaks reverently of Mooney. job John Mooney couldn't do. Said Mooney: "I'm fully cognizant of what's going on. I'm not in denial. I accepted a long time ago that (Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua) was not going to change his mind. I just decided to keep myself busy. It does hurt, though." Marie Mooney, his wife of almost 37 years, said John has been showing John cut his." As the end draws closer, John Mooney finds it harder to remain a rock. Yesterday's cracking episode could be followed by another after the game against O'Hara. "I cry easily," Mooney said. "If nobody's there as I come off the field, I'll be all right. I'd like to see my old players come back (for the finale), but at the same time, it would make me feel sad." On June 5, 2 p.m., at Glen Mills, Mooney will be an assistant coach in the Joseph J. Barrett (Delaware County) all-star game. The program, he said, will have a list of every player he has coached at St . James . "It's one way," he said, softly, "to thank them all." John Mooney remained a giving person to the very end of St . James Mooney, who defines the term "class act" and has coached St . James for "I wouldn't say that I didn't want it," Mooney said. "But I thought it would mean more to him." Next, Mooney was approached by Mike Kinee, a 1973 graduate. it," Mooney said. With two out and the bases loaded in the sixth, Mooney replaced Najmola "They hit a line drive right back to Jon," Mooney said. "I felt bad for (O'Hara coach) Bill Dugan," Mooney said. John Mooney needs a new left hip, but no one could question whether his heart and guts are in good working order. Mooney, who coached varsity baseball at St . James High for 39 seasons Despite excruciating pain in his hip, Mooney in four days pitched 34 of "There was some pain," said Mooney, who will turn 60 on March 5. "Every throw I was landing on that leg. I just blocked it out." Mooney now teaches at Monsignor Bonner. His trip to Dream Week was funded by St . James' former teachers, coaches and players. "If they sent me there because they wanted me to enjoy it, I sure did," Mooney said. Once, when Mooney limped off the mound, he felt someone's arm around his shoulder. "The guy said, 'We're not here to hurt ourselves. We're here to have fun,' " Mooney said. In two at-bats, both against George Culver, Mooney grounded out softly, To describe John Mooney is to describe the model that every man should be. Mr Mooney is hard-working, dedicated, generous, kind, and a role model for everyone. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Mooney has done nothing short of what can be called remarkable. Mr. Mooney does everything at Monsignor Bonner. He serves as the athletic director, assistant principal for student affairs, and does various tasks in and around the school that he shouldn't even have to do. The school will never be the same without him and he will always be remembered. Mr. Mooney's passion in the classroom, in athletics, and in life in general will never be matched. He taught his students with the greatest enthusiasm and wanted to reach every single one of them in some way. I had Mr. Mooney for English freshman year and although i did not give my all in that class and still regret it to this day, i realize the importance of the things that Mr. Mooney was teaching us, not just about English but about life as well. His passion sports especially baseball will always be well-known. He is the greatest coach in the history of the Philadelphia Catholic League and his legend will live forever. The man is St. James Catholic High School. I would just like to personally thank Mr. Mooney for everything he has done for me during my 3 years at Bonner and for the 10 years of amazing service that he provided for everyone at Bonner. I like to find another word to describe John Mooney. I had the pleasure of working with John at St. James under Ray Gionta. The man is a tireless worker. I can remember John lining the football field at Chester High after a snow storm for our Thanksgiving Game. He painted the lines blue and white for St. James, black and orange for Chester. I thought that was awesome. John knew what to say to someone in victory and defeat. He always made you feel like you were important. John stories were a joy to listen to. He spoke from the heart when talking about his beloved St. James. John made all us coaches feel like we were "Bulldogs". I am proud and honored to have his acquaintance. Enjoy your retirement, John. We all knew it would be John's last mass with us as a group. from John and us. It was like waiting in line to say good bye to the Pope. It is something I will never forget. So good bye, Pope John . . Oh I mean John. When I started coaching at Cardinal O'Hara in I heard about St. James and Mr. Mooney. I was young and thought who the heck this guy was. I had been an assistant under Phil Fidalgo in 1974 and the first time we played St. James I became acquainted. He went about his coaching duties with no flair no hollering or screaming just controlled all the time. His team was well prepared and did all the little things that day. They won. I became the varsity coach the next season and over the next 25 years I had the privilege of being associated with John Mooney. He was always a gentleman. Mine would be scribbled on a piece of paper and John's would be neatly typed on a card. After I left coaching I would see John at games and I would go over and we would talk about "the good old days. I really enjoy that. I thank John for being an influence on me as I was beginning my coaching journey. I remember John working at a summer camp with a few of us. I took my son who was about 11 at the time. he asked who was that older coach. I said that is MR. Mooney and listen to everything he says. On the way home he said to me "he knows a lot about baseball. I said He knows a lot about things that are a lot more important than baseball. Thanks for all you have done. God Bless You. I don't know John, but I have shaken hands with him and seen him in action at Bonner humbly dry-mopping the floor at Bonner basketball games. I have heard so many good things about him over the years. He reminds me very much of my former grade school football coach and John Mooney was one of the first men I
Monsignor Bonner High School - Hall of Fame
John Mooney - Athletic Director and Baseball Coach for St. James and Monsignor Bonner High School.
John has given over 50 years to Catholic Education. He presently is the Secretary for the Philadelphia Catholic League.
"The decision was made by La Salle (University), Ryan, Carroll, the umpires and me,"said John Mooney, baseball moderator for the Philadelphia Catholic League.
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For former St. James baseball coach John Mooney.
Thanks for reminding me hustle matters...I graduated from STJ in 1990. I was only 138 lbs and played my sophomore year on the JV team. I just remember his fungo bat and how high he could hit pop flies to us outfielders...I live in South Carolina now but looking back I wish I would have played and not quit after my sophomore year. I LOVE the game and seeing that honor is given where it is due is a blessing. I wonder if Mr Mooney still has that bat. I thank you for not cutting me even though I was not a 5 tool player. I know you should not have regrets but as an adult I can hear still hear the crack of that bat and see him mowing the grass so we could have a practice field. It may be a small thing but those years I wasted when I could have been playin ball and learning instead of being a goofball. Anyway that is one great memory I have about STJ and Mr Mooney his hustle every day and now seeing that he deserves respect....thanks for doing the little things right.