For over thirty years, the
Brookline Little League Association held three fundraisers: a raffle,
collections from fans during games and a door-to-door collection
throughout the neighborhood. Aside from a meager sign-up fee, team
sponsorship fees and donations from the Brookline Chamber of
Commerce, formerly the Brookline Business Men's Association, these were
the only sources of funding for the youth baseball program.
The money collected was used to
purchase uniforms and equipment. Field renovations were accomplished
through donations of material from local merchants and volunteer labor
from the Brookline citizenry.
This photo shows two Little
Leaguers back in 1956, the fifth season of door-to-door solicitation,
with their collection box. This fund-raising tactic was necessary in
order for the league to expand the program to meet the needs of a
growing number of participants. The year 1956 saw the league enlarge to
include an in-house Prep league and a Day League (or Minor League), which
brought an additional 200 children into the organization.
The Brookline Journal would give
notice a week in advance, and on collection weekend, players would suit
up, grab their cardboard boxes and canvas the back streets of Brookline,
supervised by the managers and coaches. Since there were never enough
collection boxes, many would use their caps or gloves.
They'd knock on doors and ask,
"Would you like to make a donation to the Brookline Little League?" The
answer was often yes, and soon the collection bins were brimming with
This photo shows Helen Linke,
Christine Adelsberg and Angie Cerrelli from M. Cibrone & Sons softball team
on Brookline Boulevard in 1982. Although taking to the streets was kind of
fun, going up and down the steps to get to the houses was a little tiring.
These girls had the best location, Brookline Boulevard. With all of the
merchants and customers coming and going it was an easy job, and there were
The door-to-door activity ceased
in the late 1980s. Although you can still spot kids canvassing the bleachers
selling 50/50 tickets, gone are the days of seeing hundreds of uniformed
Little Leaguers taking to the streets en masse. For those who remember these
days, we'll always recall with fondness the spring afternoons spent parading
around in our new uniforms collecting pocket change from the good citizens