Otto, was a very gifted, graceful, and powerful young athlete who was dedicated to the Pomperaug Youth Baseball programs since his days as a T-Ball player. Otto grew to be one of the most feared and respected hitters in our league and was a standout pitcher and center fielder, as well.
Otto was an incredible baseball player who enjoyed playing the game on the Southbury and Middlebury fields along with surrounding towns. He looked forward to every practice and every game, for he would be playing with friends and coaches that he had a great deal of admiration and respect for. No matter what happened out on the field or in the dugout, he would consistently praise his teammates for great plays or encourage them to do better. Otto was and will forever be a true sportsman.
Now, we instill within our PYB players and remember Otto’s many traits and qualities that made him the friend that he was to all. Our hope and wish is that his legacy continues both on and off the field, where people will show kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness and courage to others around them.
Each year PYB honors #19 Otto “O-Bomb” Funderburk and encourages players to embody Otto’s character and strength with an annual award.
Players who stick with baseball through their 12 year old summer season will have a chance to win the award based on how well they embody Otto’s values - kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness, courage and friendship.
The #19 jersey was retired from the 12 year old summer team. This is the most important part of the award. A player who wins the award will be honored with a #19 Jersey to wear for the remainder of the season keeping Otto’s spirit alive every year on the field.
The award will also include a hat embroidered with #19 O-Bomb, a plaque and the player’s name will be added each year to an award plaque displayed here at Ewald field.
Award should be presented half-way through the Summer 12U season.