Brookline Little League History Scrapbook
(1951 - present)

2014-Mayor's Cup Champs
2014-Parade Day
2013-Mayor's Cup RunnerUp
2013-Parade Day
2012-Mayor's Cup Champs
2012-Forty One In-A-Row
2012-Parade Day
2011-Parade Day
2010-Mayhle Field
2009-Parade Day
2008-Parade Day
2006-Surprise Visit
2005-Pirate Day
2005-Parade Day
2001-The Wall of Fame
2001-The Final Chapter
2001-Monte Carlo Night
2000-Chris Adelsberg Day
2000-A Grand Day
2000-Fifty Years Young
2000-Monte Carlo Night
1999-The Undefeated
1999-Monte Carlo Night
1999-Opening Weekend
1998-Parade Day
1995-Mayor's Cup Champs
1995-Concession Stand
1995-Firemens Dedication

1988-State Finalists
1983-State Finalists
1981-First And Last
1979-Robinson Champions
1978-Big Red Machine
1976-Steak for Fifteen
1976-Special Dedication
1976-Parade Day
1976-A Moment In Time
1974-The Moms Game
1970-The Moms Game
1968-Maury Wills Day
1965-South Hills Catholic
1964-Legion Champions
1963-South Hills Catholic
1963-Senior Champions
1962-Senior Champions
1961-Pirate Day
1961-The Perfect Game
1961-New Pony Field?
1960-Miss Little League
1959-LL Tournament Host
1959-Concession Stand
1959-Eli And The Gang
1958-LL State Finalists
1956-Going Door To Door
1955-The Gold Standard
1951-In The Beginning

1914-Before the BLLA
BLLA Past Champions
BLLA Past Presidents
BLLA Team Photo Gallery
Those Were The Days
The Old Baseball Fields
All-Star Photo Gallery
Photo Worth 1000 Words
All-Star Tourney Results
Team History/Lineage
Profile: Sam Bryen
Profile: Walt Evans
Profile: Jack Lombardi
Profile: Bob Schwemmer
Profile: Jack Henry
Profile: Ange Masullo Sr
Profile: Danny McGibbeny
Profile: Jim Klingensmith
Profile: Mickey White
Profile: "Mas Neyrb"
Other Notable Opinions
Clips and Quips
Bud Auen/Norb Winters
Joe Power-The Old Pro
The Caterino Sisters
Brookline Park History
The Anderson Farm
Umpires, Rules, Myths

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The Brookline Little League Association History Website designed and maintained by Clint Burton.
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Minor League Baseball - 1960
The original Brookline Journal Baseball Logo

Little League Baseball - Official Williamsport Website

Official Little League Logo

I Trust In God
I Love My Country
And Will Respect It's Laws
I Will Play Fair And Strive To Win
But Win Or Lose, I Will Always Do My Best

Senior League All-Star Patch - 1976
Little League All-Star Patch - 1974
Senior League All-Star Patch - 1977
Senior League All-Stars
1976
Little League All-Stars
1974
Senior League All-Stars
1977
American Legion Baseball Patch - 1980

American Legion Baseball
Patch - 1980
Devine Painting Championship
Trophies (1983-1984-1985)

Devine Painting Championship
Trophies - 1983/1984/1985

Little League Action - Opening Day 2011
The Brookline Little League field in 1956. Many improvements have been made throughout the years.

The Brookline Little League has been a neighborhood institution since it's founding back in 1951. Early pioneers like John Pascarosa, Morris Grumet, Frank DeBor and Sam Bryen got together, built a field, and sowed the seeds of a youth sports program that over a half century later is still bearing fruit.

It's fair to say that the vast majority of children that have grown up here in Brookline have played Little League baseball at the old Community Center fields, or at the new Brookline Park Fields. Many have come back in their later years as managers, coaches, umpires and even as League Presidents.

Little League Action - Opening Day 2011
Brookline Little League baseball action on Opening Day, 2011.

It's difficult to overestimate the importance of youth sports of any kind in a child's athletic, mental and social development. Little League baseball has and always will be the #1 youth sport in America, and it's roots run deep here in Brookline. In researching the history of the Brookline community, some of the most talked about memories have been from adults and teens reminiscing about their glory days as a player in the Brookline Little League.

From the humble beginnings of one traveling Pony Team in 1951 to the multi-league magnet of today that attracts over 500 kids a season, the Brookline Little League Association has always been a source of pride and trust in our community. Over the years, the standards of safety, competitiveness and spirit have continued to evolve. Just ask the thousands upon thousands of Brookline kids who grew up playing Little League baseball.

Drawing by Doug Brendel, 2009.
This is pretty much how it looked
in 1973 from the top of the hill.
Drawn from memory. Good job!
A drawing of the Brookline Little League field as it looked in the 1970s.

As for myself and my friends, it seemed as if we grew up at the Little League fields. In the early 1970s there wasn't a whole lot more to do. It wasn't like today, where kids have so many choices. We played baseball from dawn to dusk, every day. We spent the afternoon at the fields, went home to eat, then returned to watch the games at night. We waited patiently by the outfield fences for a home run ball to clear, then darted into the woods to retrieve the ball. If we returned it to Sam Bryen, he'd give us a free iceball. It was pure Norman Rockwell. It was Brookline Little League baseball. It was a rite of passage. It was the place to be.

For those of us who played "back in the day", who can forget the anticipation of waiting for the Thursday mail to see a copy of the Brookline Journal. Editor Dale Noah and his wiley staff of reporters (Mas Neyrb, Gna Ollusam, Gib Nad Eht Nam and Ink Scribes) brought the Little League games alive in print. The previous week's games were covered in grand style, and kids eagerly scanned the text to find their names, just as if it were Major League baseball.

Brookline Journal dated June 2, 1977

My playing days were from 1970 through 1980. During those eleven years I was coached by Joe Power, Danny McGibbeny and Sharkey Romano. From 1998 through 2001 I returned to coach a Senior League team. As a player and coach I had some terrible teams, and I had some really good teams. I learned to lose with pride, and I learned to win with dignity. I learned teamwork and I learned discipline. I learned to respect authority and I learned about relationships. Above all, I learned a lot about myself, and have carried that knowledge around with me for many years, along with a myriad of good memories.

The Brookline Little League Association is one of our community's best and brightest assets. It's so much more than baseball. We hope you enjoy this look back in time.

Pony League Action - May 2012
Brookline Pony League baseball action on McGibbeny Field, May 23, 2012.

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