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Name: Jim MonaghanHeight: 5'8"Weight: 150
Prior to joining WDHA, Jim spent a number of years as part of the New York/New Jersey sports media corps covering the Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, Devils and Rangers. Jim has over 25 years of experience coaching and playing baseball. He spent two years in baseball management with the Newark Bears. and coached the Don Bosco Prep freshman baseball team to back-to-back Bergen County championships for the only time in the school's history. He's also an instructor with Professional Baseball Instruction in Bergen County.
He was born in a small northeastern Pennsylvania coal-mining town, the kind of small town people reminisce about all the time. When his country called, he enlisted in the Navy right out of high school near the end of World War II. He came home from the war and after working for Pennsylvania Power & Light for a few years he enrolled in Fordham University and graduated in 1954. By chance, he had met a girl from Brooklyn near his home town in the early 50's. Never one for overly showing his emotions, he tapped her on the head with a newspaper after a date; that was when she knew he had fallen for her. They got married after he graduated from school and raised two kids in places like Elkins Park, King of Prussia, and Basking Ridge.
He never had a chance to meet his three grandhildren; they understand his impact on my life but to them he's just a series of grainy photographs taken what seems like 100 years ago. And while they may never fully connect with someone they never met, his memory and legacy live on through each one of them. Whether it's my oldest daughter's sense of independence, my younger daughter's outgoing personality, or my son's amazing resemblance to him, I see my Dad in them each and every day.
Happy 85th birthday, Dad.
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