N. Babylon man to swing for Guinness World Record

NORTH BABYLON - A North Babylon man will be swinging for the record books tomorrow, and he's going to bat for a good cause.Mike Filippone, of North Babylon, will again try to set a Guinness World Record of 24 hours of marathon batting tomorrow. The 52-year-old attempted the record back in 2009 when he batted for 15-and-a-half hours, despite back pain and bloody blisters on his hands. The diehard baseball fan isn't just trying to set a record, though. He's also hoping to raise $10,000 for the Cohen Children's Medical Center and the Dan Gambardella Memorial Fund, in honor of his friend who died at the hands of a drunken driver last year.Gambardella's widow Linda says the event is extra special because tomorrow is her late husband's birthday.Filippone will bat close to 10,000 balls tomorrow, and people will have to buy $20 buckets of baseballs to pitch to him. All money will go toward the two charities.According to the Guinness rules book, Filippone has to document the event. He will get a five-minute break every hour and doesn't have to hit every pitch.

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