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Newton South Athlete Awarded with Annual Hamill Award

John Jennings is a second generation recipient of the award.

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department recently awarded  2012 graduate John Jennings with the annual Bill Hamill Award, which is given each year to an outstanding high school baseball player in Newton. 

Jennings was honored at a luncheon and award reception on Wednesday, June 27 at the offices in Newton Corner.

According to Boston.com, Jennings will go on to play at UMass Amherst next year.

Much to the award committee's surprise, Jennings' father, Bruce Jennings, also won the Hamill Award in 1976. The senior Jennings attended Newton South as well. 

The Bill Hamill Award has been handed out every year since 1970 and honors star athlete Bill Hamill, who graduated from Newton High School in 1955. 

Hamill went on to play baseball at Holy Cross College before signing with the Boston Red Sox, where he played with the Sox system in Allentown, PA for four years. 

Tragically, though, Hamill's life was cut short in 1969 after he suffered a brain hemorrhage. The award was created in his honor a year after his death.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bob DeRubeis presented the 2012 award alongside Jennings' family and members of the award committee.

Information provided by the Newton Parks & Recreation Department. 

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