BINGHAMTON, NY - Richard Tylicki, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies' Director of Stadium Operations and an active Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, has been tabbed as the Eastern League nominee for Minor League Baseball's Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. The annual accolade is presented to a club or individual employed by a club for outstanding support of and engagement with the United States Armed Forces and veterans, both at the ballpark and in the community.
Tylicki began his career with the Binghamton franchise as an operations intern in 1994 and was later hired as the Director of Stadium Operations. While working for the club he has simultaneously served in the Army Reserve and been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Tylicki's tenure with the Binghamton franchise has been interrupted four different times for overseas contingency operations. He has received 23 medals during his service to date, most notably the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone, and the Meritorious Service Medal, which was awarded for exceptional service in support of Command and Staff while deployed to Kuwait in 2013.
The award was created by Minor League Baseball in 2016 to honor Charles K. Murphy, former president of the Florida State League and US Army Lieutenant Colonel. Murphy passed away in February 2015.
The winner of the award will be named at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on December 10 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.
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