Here's a page with some old
Brookline Journal clippings featuring a few of the BLLA coaches and
officers that were present back in the 2000 season. Some are still active
in the program. As adults, they pushed brooms, settled disputes, filed
paperwork, applied band-aids, coached and umpired games. But once, long
long ago, as children, they too roamed the diamonds of the Brookline
Little League, settling their scores with a bat and ball. Without further
ado, we present Tony the Tank and an ensemble cast of characters:
July 25, 1966
Johnny Diethorn ran his season
record to 7-1 by pitching and batting (4-for-4) Droz to a 14-1 romp over
Colangelo stroked three
hits and Butch Liebman a pair as Quaill's Ed Gremba dropped his 1st after
winning four in a row.
July 27, 1966
Tony (Tank) Colangelo rapped three hits as Droz tripped Legion's
tailenders, 6-3. Matt Vietmeier socked two hits for
June 21, 1967
Jimmy Sheridan made his pitching debut by twirling a
1-hitter as DeBor spilled Denmark, 5-1. Sheridan, a catcher, struck out
six and walked only one. Mickey Glumac was the loser.
June 22, 1967
Jack McGlynn ran his slab mark to
3-0, second best in the Senior circuit, by chucking DeBor to an 8-2 rout
of Automatic Sales. Jimmy
Sheridan and P.J. Fisher
paced manager Bob Hurley's rising DeBor tossers with two hits each. Ralph
Spadafore continued his slugging with a pair, including his 2nd homer.
Dave Ogglesby also belted a roundtripper for DeBor.
June 26, 1967
Frederick (Snow Shoes) Talak
chucked his third straight victory after two early season setbacks by
subduing Denmark's Amazin' Milts, 1-0, in the second half opener. Ron
(Speed Boy) Magrini romped home to score the only run
on Tony (The Tank)
Colangelo's infield out.
Talak used his curveball almost exclusively to whiff eight.
June 30, 1967
Baby-faced Jimmy Draper exploded a
grand-slam homer and clicked for his 5th straight pitching triumph as
McGaffin's first-half champions pulled into a tie with Legion for the
second half pace by thrashing Denmark's Amazin' Milts, 9-2. Rick Kesich
socked a 2-run homer for the losers. Draper, Don McMurtry and Jim Butler
swatted two hits each for McGaffin. Timothy Reitmeyer and Mickey Glumac whacked a pair of
safeties each for Denmark.
July 6, 1967
Billy Farrell twirled a 1-hitter but he was the losing
pitcher on an error as BYMC's almost unbeatable squad squeaked out a 1-0
victory over Sam's Hardware. Tom Baginski and Ron Baumiller combined in a
June 3, 1968
Ron Baumiller, a 13-year old
righthander, made his Senior LL pitching debut by chucking a
three-hitter while catcher Tony
(Tiger) Colangelo was
driving in all three runs with a homer and bases full single in
Denmark's 3-2 triumph over DeBor. Ed Helbig homered for
June 12, 1968
Kerry Donato swatted a pair of
homeruns, one with two on, and Rick Joseph smashed a solo round-tripper as Automatic
Sales and Denmark's Amazin' Milts waged a 6-6 tie called because of
darkness after eight frames.
June 14, 1968
Tommy Eperthener, fated to break
his leg a few days later, bombed a three-run homer and Rick Joseph connected with one on as Automatic Sales
thumped DeBor, 16-2. Tony DelMastro struck out eight and did not issue a
walk. Eperthener, who loomed as a likely All-Star pitcher, will be out
for the season.
June 15, 1968
Bombing Tommy McGrath smacked a
grand slam and Rick
Joseph a solo homer as
Automatic Sales spilled Spadafore from the unbeaten, 6-5, in a 10-inning
game. Ed Gremba was the winning pitcher, Mark Donato the loser, his
first after three victories.
June 17, 1968
Manager Ed McGrath's McGaffin
sluggers, sparked by Rick Kesich's pitching and hitting, toppled DeBor,
8-4. Kesich whiffed 12 and drove in four runs with three hits. Ralph (Big
Tank) Spadafore and Georgie (Porgie) Mahfood hammered homeruns for the
losers while Pete
Bucci slapped a 3-run
roundtripper for the winners.
June 18, 1968
Chuck (What's Up Doc) Blobner
struck out eleven and Tony
(Big Cat) Colangelo powered a homer as Denmark squeezed past Legion, 7-4. Glenn
Schwartz collected three hits for Denmark. Jerry Kail rapped a pair of
safeties and Bill Decker accomplished almost the impossible on the Senior
Field by lacing a triple to right-center.
June 1, 1969
The sluggers turned Big Sam
Bryen's "Bandbox" into a paradise as seven baseballs sailed out of
Community Center Field while Denmark's Amazin' Milts were squeezed by
Jack "Stanky" Lombardi's Spadafore Roofers, 12-11. Bobby O'Connor smashed
two while Mark Donato, Denny Calabria and Jimmy Weber belted one each for
the losers. Calabria connected with the sacks packed. Ron Baumiller,
Johnny Molinda and Tony (The
Tank) Colangelo hit for
the circuit to pace Denmark.
June 6, 1969
Three-Ton Tony Colangelo socked a three-run homer and Ron (Bubbles)
Baumiller twirled four-hit ball as Denmark's Amazin" Milts made it two in
a row by drubbing DeBor, 8-1.
June 19, 1969
Tony (The Tank)
the show by driving in all the runs with a pair of homers and a
single as the Amazin' Milts squeezed by Spadafore, 5-4. Mark Donato
limited Denmark to four hits, but Tony the Tank's three proved decisive. Ray Doria
collected three hits off Johnny Molinda, the winning hurler.
June 14, 1970
Billy Farrell, a lanky lefthander, struck out 15 and
yielded only two hits as Legion toppled McGaffin's defending champions,
2-0. Ray Korzenowski whiffed nine and allowed only five hits as a
hard-luck loser. Danny McGrath broke up Farrell's no-hit try with a 6th
inning single and Tommy Rump followed with a double. Farrell calmly
pitched out of the jam.
June 23, 1970
For the second straight night,
nary a ball left Prez Sam Bryen's ball park as DeBor squeezed by
Spadafore, 2-0. Paul
Romano bested Ray Doria
in a tight slab struggle. Romano turned in what may be a Brookline
Senior Circuit record, nine assists by a pitcher. Joe Brickner and
Johnny Quinlan slapped two hits each for DeBor, while Spadafore's Billy
Taylor, Denny Calabria and Doria also rapped a pair each.
June 26, 1970
LL HOME RUNS -- Angelo Masullo, Manco, 1 (Grand
Slam) ; Brian Albert, St.
Mark, 1 (Grand Slam); Joe Lang, Droz, 1; Randy Camarco, BYMC, 1; Ray
Homer, Legion, 1.
July 1, 1970
Rege (Li'l Elroy) Carver, limited
to four innings by LL rules, shared an 8-0 shutout with Joe Lang as Droz
knocked St. mark from the unbeaten ranks in second-half play. Mark
Constantino, Vince Panucci,and Lang swatted two hits each for
Buskirk slapped two for
July 2, 1970
Mark Wenger, an 11-year old
righthander and the most promising curveballer since the days of Jackie
Flavin, ran his pitching record to 4-0 as BYMC toppled Manco, 7-4. harry
Bersani's bases-loaded double was the clincher for BYMC. Wenger
contributed two singles to his own cause. Angie Masullo, George DelGreco and Bruce Buskirk socked a pair each for Manco.
July 4, 1970
Tommy McGrath conked his 7th homer
with a mate on as Miller nipped DeBor, 5-3, in the makeup of a first-half
rainout. Pat (Mighty Mouse) Connors struck out seven to notch his 1st
pitching win. Paul
Romano clouted a solo
homer for DeBor.
July 20, 1970
Johnny DelGreco plastered his 12th
homer and Tom McGrath equalled that total as Miller crushed DeBor
Romano homered for DeBor.
Kurt Vietmeier, who is making a career of beating the tailenders (this
was his 3rd win of the season over DeBor), tossed up his teasing hooks to
run his pitching record to 5-0, tops in the Senior circuit. DelGreco,
McGrath and Ray Abbondanza rapped three hits each for
Miller. Romano stroked three for DeBor.
July 21, 1970
Kevin Walsh outdueled Regis (Li'l
ElRoy) Carver as St. Mark, managed by Walt Evans, toppled Droz,
5-3. Jeff (The Little Plumber)
Buskirk stroked a single
to drive in the clinching run in the 5th inning. Carver and Mark
Constantino belted two hits each for the losers.
August 12, 1974
Clint Burton, who is undefeated with a LL pitching
record of 12-0, fanned 13 and pitched a two-hitter as the Brookline
All-Stars whipped Bellevue-Avalon 3-1 in the first round of the 32-team
tournament. Brian Phillips sparked Brookline's three-run first inning
with a two-run double and scored himself on Tim Gremba's RBI single.
Bobby Frey and Ray Benvenuti also drilled singles for the
winners. Burton used an assortment of palmballs,
curveballs and fastballs to keep the Bellevue-Avalon batters off balance.
B-A's only run was unearned.
June 13, 1976
DeBor, managed by Bob Sherry,
moved into a first place tie as Jimmy DelGreco won his 3rd straight game
by subduing Denmark, 7-4. Tommy
Matrascia drilled three
hits, Andy Clark a pair and Dino DelMastro a ground-rule double for
Boyle and Shawn Sherry
slapped two hits each for DeBor while Tommy Kinzel drove in two runs and
Rick Schumacher continued his hitting streak with a
June 13, 1976
Boulevard Lounge downed Ressi by a
score of 10-9. Chris
Weigold got the win by
striking out two and walking only one. Leading the hitting attack for the
Lounge was Jim Ehland with a double and triple. Doubles were had
by Weigold, Bernie Meyer, Jimmy Ott and Rich Donato. For the losing
Ressi nine, Larry Ott was tagged with the loss. Batting stars for Ressi
were Jim Motznik and Mark Roper with three singles each.
Larry Ott collected a double and single.
June 21, 1976
BYMC, behind the pitching and
batting of Rusty Miller, beat St. Mark, 4-2, in the second half
lidlifter. Miller and Bobby Matrascia rapped two hits each, but it
single that decided the outcome.
June 22, 1976
Ray-Ray Benvenuti found his long
lost control, whiffed 12 and held off DeBor's first-half champions as
Denmark scored a 7-5 victory. Manager George (Bruno) Kinzel's winners
rode the hitting of Benvenuti, who rapped two doubles and a single; Handy
Andy Clark (2-3), Ron Hitt (3-5) and Dino DelMastro (2-4). Rich
Schumacher (2-4) and Billy
Toskey's two doubles
topped DeBor's attack.
June 27, 1976
Mark Donato's Big Green Machine
provided Dave (Brute) Healy with a 22-1 lead, then held off Stebbrook's
furious late surge for a 22-20 victory. Mike Raimondi slammed his 2nd
homer and two singles, Healy a pair of doubles and two singles, while Ed
Ridge, Ed Beveridge and Steve Horvath added two hits each for
Burton slammed three
tape-measure doubles, Brian Phillips and Pat McGrath added three hits
each, while Mike (Bomber) Bonnar and Tim (Jaws) Sharkey swatted two each
for the late-charging pharmacists.
July 1, 1976
Roger Malone struck out eight and
swatted a solo homer as Legion squeezed by Stebbrook's hard-luck crew,
4-3. Mark Sciulli went 2-for-2 and stole four bases to lead Legion. Tom
Sanders, Stebbrook's 6-6 skyscraper, slashed a mile-high double and
single while Clint (Bo)
Burton socked his 7th
fence-clearing double and a single in three trips. Brian Phillips added
his 6th double for the losers.
July 1, 1976
Resurrection, now on the move,
picked up its second win by downing Boulevard Lounge, 9-5. Don Lodge got
his second win of the week while Bernie Meyer picked up the
Motznik paced Ressi with
three singles and Mark Roper added a double. For the
Weigold had a double and
July 12, 1976
Bob Smith Ford won its first game
of the second half by downing Boulevard Lounge, 10-6. The winning pitcher
Lannon, while Bernie
Meyer picked up the loss. For the auto gang, Dennie Schmidt had two
doubles and Tom Martin went 3-for-4. Jim Ott and Jim Ehland stroked
a double and single apiece.
August 13, 1976
Jim Rohall sparkled in the field
and at the plate to lead his team to a 24-13 win in the final game of the
all-star series. Jim banged out four base hits and ended the game by
starting a double-play. Tim
Lannon hit two doubles
and a single and Donna Caterino added two doubles to aid in the victory.
The winners scored 14 runs in the third inning to sew up the
Motznik had three hits
for the losers and Chris Cicchitto and Ross Torquato added two apiece.
Lou Fisher was the winning pitcher while Scott Griffin suffered the
May 19, 1977
St. Marks got its second win by
downing Legion, 4-2. Dom DePasquale picked up the win and Larry Ott took
the loss, both in relief. Gary
Lapia tripled to drive
in the winning run in the tenth inning. Mike Joseph had two hits for
Legion while Tom Lyons and Mike Hamilton smacked two apiece for St.