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Holyoke Youth Baseball League, Inc. - A Division of Little League International

Holyoke Youth Baseball League, Inc. - A Division of Little League International

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In 1950 a group of men gathered together in Springfield and decided to organize a baseball league for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 10 years old. This program, as it was initially laid out, would supply teams with complete uniforms and the best equipment available. The group solicited business establishments, civic organizations, social clubs and fraternal organizations to sponsor the teams. It was also agreed that each and every ball team should be adult-supervised. This is certainly one main reason for its ultimate success. In 1950, the league consisted of ten teams. In 1951, the number of teams grew to 30. One of the teams was a team from Holyoke called the In-We-Go Midgets. The team consisted of youngsters from Elmwood and the Highlands and was organized by Ronald Bennett. The team also benefited from the expertise supplied by Raymond Crowley, a well-known baseball figure in Holyoke during the 1930’s. Sponsorship of this first Pee-Wee team was enthusiastically provided by Nathan Hatez, owner of the In-We-Go Drive-In Restaurant. After a successful season in 1952, Ron Bennett was approached by many people to enlarge his project and to make the program available to all the boys in every neighborhood in Holyoke. Realizing that it would be too large a venture for one man, he approached the Holyoke Junior Chamber of Commerce and hoped that they would endorse Pee-Wee Baseball and include it as one of their many projects. The Jay-Cees voted unanimously to accept the challenge and they began to organize a 10-team league by putting a Board of Directors into place. The Jay-Cees program was endorsed by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Commission in January 1953 and within two weeks sponsors and managers for all ten teams had been arranged. After a successful 1953 season, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Baseball League decided to expand the league to include boys aged 10-12. More sponsors and managers were secured and the Midget League was born. Years later, a series of cuts of younger players in the Pee Wee Division caused John "Buddy" O'Neill to form the Elmwood Jets and the Mighty Mite Division was born for players 7-8 years old. Decades later, in 2015, a growing demand for an even younger division gave rise to the Small Fry Division for players 4-6 year olds. The very first season saw over 200 players registered. Today, the Holyoke Youth Baseball League accommodates about 600 youngsters each year between the ages of 4-16 in five divisions, with over 30 teams.


HYBL Officers:

President: Robert Lastowski

1st VP: Andrew Greaney

2nd VP:  David Amo

Secretary: Ernie Fitzell Jr.

Treasurer: Ed Moskal

Clerk: Vacant

Division Directors


Fall Ball Director: Andrew Greaney

Small Fry Director:

Mighty Mite Director (Little League Minor): Patrick Dowling

Pee Wee Director (Little League Major): Mike Riffenburg Jr

Intermediate (Little League Intermediate): Mark Brown

Sandy Koufax (Little League Senior): Vacant

 

Communications Directors:

Sponsorships/ Patrons: Whitney Anderson

 Social Media/Website: Ernie Fitzell Jr.- [email protected]

Equipment: Joe D'Ordine

Umpire in Chief: Robert Lastowski

 

Other Directors:

Angel Febus

Tito Gonzalez

Marcos Mateo

Matt Morse

Gabe Ofray

Pedro Rivera

Shelley Whelihan

 

If you need to get in touch with us, please feel free to email [email protected]

Your request/comment will be forwarded to the appropriate director.

Field Directory

Locations

Bonin Field

S. Bridge St Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Mayer Field

Westfield Rd Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Springdale Park

Main St Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Intermediate Diamond

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Senior Diamond

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Dean Tech Diamond

Main St 1045 Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Jones Point Field

Oxford Rd Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Intermediate Diamond

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Anniversary Field

Dwight St 536 Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Senior Diamond

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Kennedy Field

Lincoln St Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Mackenzie Stadium

Beech St 500 Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Senior Diamond

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Gloutak Park

Rock Valley Rd Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Major Diamond

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Mitchell Field

Hampden St Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Senior Diamond

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Crosier Field

Mackinstosh Terrace Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Senior Diamond

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Intermediate Diamond

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Major Diamond

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Rohan Park

Sargeant St 298 Holyoke Massachusetts United States 01040

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Small Fry

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Contact

Holyoke Youth Baseball League, Inc - A Division of Little League Int.
P.O. Box 10453 
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041

Email: [email protected]

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