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From BPL All-Star to Super Bowl XLVIII

TweetNeither Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, nor any of the other 65 professional athletes who played Major League Baseball or in the National Football League ever achieved such a feat. But Jimmy Mello of the Boston Park League did. This winter, Jim Mello, 56, became the first player in history to hit a home run out […]

America’s First DH in Amateur Baseball

TweetIn May of 1973, the Dick Conley Club of West Roxbury and the Supreme Saints faced off in the Boston Park League opener. But this was no opener to take sitting down. On this particular Monday night at Roslindale’s Fallon Field, the Park League introduced the designated hitter to sandlot baseball. Dick Paster didn’t get […]

Five Mansfield Athletes Playing Baseball Together in Boston Park League

TweetFive Mansfield baseball players who started together in Little League who are now either in college or recent graduates are still playing ball together in the Boston Park League, the country’s oldest amateur baseball league. Robert and Chris “C.J.” Johnson, Michael Perillo, Dan Gad, and Ben Blaisdell are all members of the of the TJO Sports […]

Like Songins before him, J.P. Can Play the Game

TweetJ.P. Songin is a perennial all-star in the Boston Park League. He also has a love-hate relationship with baseball. “I love the game, especially hitting,’’ said the 36-year-old Norwood resident, a player-manager for the Palmer Club, “and I hate to strike out.’’ That motivation, according to league records kept since the 2007 season, has indeed brought […]

Soolman Manages To Live A Baseball Dream

TweetMedford’s Harvey Soolman couldn’t make the Northeastern varsity baseball team, but he quickly found a home in the Park League. Somewhere under the crumbling cement bleachers at Kelly Field in Hyde Park, Harvey -Soolman works his way through a sea of equipment and benches in the dark, finds a fuse box on the wall, and […]

Park League takes fans, players back … way back

TweetIt’s a sultry summer night, and the collision of wooden bats and hurtling baseballs echoes around the cozy grass amphitheater of Fallon Field in Roslindale. “Nice throw, Danny!’’ barks Franz Strassmann, the coach of Grossman Marketing, which is battling to wrap up a playoff berth. Scattered applause ripples from the metal bleachers behind home plate […]

Ross Still Feared After A Decade In Park League

TweetBoston Padres manager Ed Neal cannot remember how Foxborough’s Mike Ross ended up with his team nearly 10 years ago. But after all this time, he is happy Ross stuck around. Ross was among the Padres’ leading hitters as he helped the team earn its first Boston Park League championship last month. The outfielder hit […]