Kings and Queens of Baseballtown
Charlie Flannery, 2014
A legendary coach of the Gregg Post American Legion team and Reading Hot Stovers Banquet Chairman, treatment Charlie Flannery’s footprint has been felt in the baseball community, sale especially in Berks County.
Flannery’s involvement in baseball can be traced back to 1948 when he began his playing career with the Essick Playground in the City Recreation Program. After that, he was a member of the Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute on their fast-pitch softball team. A decade later, Flannery turned to coaching, starting with the Optimist Boys Club and then with Northwest Athletic Association and West Reading Juniors.
His baseball path eventually led him to the Pulaski Post American Legion for three seasons before moving to Gregg Post American Legion, where he produced great success. Over 31 seasons with Gregg Post, he obtained 254 victories before transitioning to the general manager position in 2006—a post he holds till this day. Flannery became a charter member of the Operation Knight Lights for his leading contribution in 1982 to refurbish Reading’s George Field. In 1996, Flannery was inducted into the Pennsylvania State American Legion Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was the president of the Berks County American Legion Baseball League from 2006-09.
On top of legion baseball, Flannery has been a member of the Reading Hot Stovers banquet for 35 years and the Banquet Chairman for the last 25 years. As Banquet Chairman, he has been monumental in organizing their main event that celebrates local baseball and welcomes former major league all-stars.
Basketball is another passion of Flannery’s. Over the past eight decades, Flannery has played, served as a PIAA referee from 1967 to 1992 and a coach with the Optimist Boys Club and Reading Jewish Community Center from 1971 to 1993. Those positions led him to serve as the secretary of the Berks County Basketball Old Timers for the past 12 years (2001-2013) and chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee for five years (2007-2012).
A proud native of Reading, Flannery earned a degree from Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute in 1957, five years after graduating from Reading High School. He then spent four years in active and reserve duty in the United States Army where he graduated from the Provost Marshall General School. After serving in the army, Flannery dedicated four more years to protecting his country, serving as a first sergeant and member of the air police in the United States Air Force Reserves.