Kings and Queens of Baseballtown
Dr. Richard Flannery, 2013
Dr. Richard Flannery, shop the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association (BCIAA) Executive Director since 1998, nurse has been influential in the Berks County scholastic scene for the past seven decades. Along with working closely with the organization’s 18-member school districts, he has served as the president of the Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for 25 years. Since starting 36 years ago, the Berks Chapter has inducted 32 members with ties to professional baseball, playing both in the majors and minors.
Doc Flannery has brought high school baseball back to the forefront in Berks County by making FirstEnergy Stadium the home of Berks County high school playoffs since 2002. He also founded the BCIAA-Pac-10 All-Star Game, which started at the stadium in 2004.
Before graduating from Oklahoma State, Kutztown University, Temple University, and the University of Florida, Doc Flannery was a decorated athlete in Berks County. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he was a two-sport athlete, playing both track and basketball. In 1950, he was named the Berks County mile champion, and eventually ran a 4:28.7 mile at Harrisburg’s Farger Field to finish as the runner-up in the state championships. Eventually, Flannery coached track and cross country at Boyertown High School where he compiled a 132-22 record. He also was the Meet Director for the Venzke Relays for 10 years.
Flannery’s amateur basketball career spanned 27 years and in two counties, Berks and Montgomery. As a basketball star, he won 17 scoring titles and once scored 92 points in a single game for the Mt. Penn Pagodas of the Berks Recreation League.
Out of sports, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for four years as a first-class petty officer and was an educator for 39 years, winning the 1971 Valley Forge Freedom’s Foundation Teacher of the Year award. Flannery made stops as a teacher and principal for Boyertown High School for 14 years, principal at Reading High School for 14 years, and Dean of Students at Alvernia University. While at Alvernia, Flannery became the first full-time athletic director at the school.