Baseball is eternal. These beloved Boston Park League friends once graced the ballfields of our city, but have moved on to the perfectly manicured fields in the sky. They will be remembered forever.
Phil Kelly, BPL Hall of Famer 1984, passed away at the age of 93 on September 29, 2016.
Phil played third base for the Dick Casey Club, the premier team in the BPL during the 40’s, winning 8 league titles in 11 years. He was a player/coach on the 1958 & 1961 Championship Charlestown teams. Phil was a true Townie and dedicated to youth baseball in Charlestown, and was recognized by the City of Boston for his efforts by naming the baseball diamond at the Ryan Playground in his name. Phil was a U.S. Marine veteran and long time reserve NCO.
Lee Hutchens, BPL Hall of Famer 2016, passed away at the age of 77 on July 20, 2016.
Lee was a member of the BPL Umpiring Staff for the last 25 years, being recognized as the Umpire of the Year in 1993. An outstanding sports official, Lee refereed high school football and college baseball games. He was also a regular official at the New England Patriots home games, tending the 10 yard markers. Lee was a passenger in a tragic small plane accident in mid-July, 2016, a few miles from the Norwood Airport. Lee was a Navy veteran, a substitute school teacher, and a consultant for Factory Mutual of Norwood.
Harvey Krupnik, BPL Hall of Famer 1994, passed away at the age of 71 on May 26, 2016.
Krupnick coached Holliston High from 1974-2006 and his teams posted an overall record of 408-311. He won six Tri-Valley League titles and a pair of EMass championships (1987 and 1991).
Harvey started the first baseball hitting school in the country and coached hundreds of players over the years.
Joshua Powell, BPL Hall of Famer 2003, passed away at the age of 70 on January 30, 2016. He was an integral part of the Boston Park League dating back to 1986. He was the field manager of the ADSL Club (All Dorchester Sports League), and produced highly competitive teams year in and year out, playing his home games at Dick Casey’s Dorchester Town Field. In the 6 years between 1989 to 1994, he produced 2 league championships and was in the Finals two of the other 4 years. ADSL won again in 2001. He was elected President of the league in 1989. His life revolved around baseball as he touched all the bases. Josh was an assistant baseball coach at U. Mass Boston, the pitching coach at Suffolk University for 12 years, and the assistant baseball coach at Roxbury Community College for 4 years.
Josh graduated with degrees from both Boston University and Boston State College. He was the Executive Director of the All Dorchester Sports League for 22 years, overseeing 1500 youths each year. He was also the Director of the Baseball Overseas Academies at International Select for 12 years. He also umpired in the Greater Boston area for 30 years, at times working games in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Josh also found time to volunteer for Steve Buckley’s (Boston Herald Sports writer) annual Old timer’s Baseball game in Cambridge, a charitable event.
Emmons Levine, BPL Hall of Famer 2002, passed away December 24, 2015 after a long illness. He was 63. Emmons pitched for the Supreme Saints from 1971 to 1979. A dominant right handed pitcher, the first game he pitched in the league, he threw a no-hitter against the Patio Club. He went 11-2 in 1972, then posted a 31-9 record over the next 3 years. His career stats up to and including 1979, which culminated with a Park League Championship for the Supreme Saints, were 82-23, with an ERA of 2.83. Most impressive was his record in playoff games, winning 27 and losing only 4. “One of the best pitchers the Saints ever had,” said Manager Dick Paster. Emmons worked at Channel 5 for over 30 years, moved to the Cape, and coached the Sturgis Charter School Baseball Team.
Frank “Porky” Porter BPL Hall of Famer 1988, passed away in early April, 2015. He was 81 years old. A hard hitting third baseman, Porky anchored the BPL Champion McCormack Club back in 1956. One of the strongest teams in the 1950’s, they went to the league finals 3 years in a row from 1958 to 1960. Frank originally came from Dorchester, played for Bill Stewart at Boston English High School, worked for Boston Edison for over 30 years, and settled in Sagamore Beach near Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod. A career in the Park League that spanned 11 years, he averaged well over .300, and hit the long ball with the best of them.
Joe Reardon, BPL Hall of Famer 1984, passed away on December 28, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe played with Warren Spahn & Eddie Mathews (both in the HOF in Cooperstown) in the Braves organization in the late 40’s and early 50’s. He also faced Hank Aaron & Willie Mays. He played at Hartford & Pawtucket, high minors. He returned home to play for St. Paul’s of Dorchester, winners of 6 Park League titles in 8 years. His 2 sons Stephen & Joseph followed their Dad in the Park League, and were outstanding ballplayers. Joe worked 38 years for Boston Edison. The Honorable Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor, once said of Joe, “I recall as a 17 year old kid from South Boston, playing against many great professional, amateur and college baseball players… Joe Reardon’s knuckle ball… [was an] early challenge that I had to encounter.”
Bernie Curley, BPL Hall of Famer 1986, died on Nov. 1, 2014. He was 81. After being named All Scholastic in 1952 out of Dorchester High School in both football and baseball, he was one of the best catchers in the BPL during the 50’s. He was the mainstay of the McCormack Club, a team that would contend for the league title each year and produce a long list of future Park League Hall of Famers.
Rev. Jim Keurulainen died on Oct. 29th, 2014, the father of Scott Keurulainen, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee. He was 67. Jim was kind enough to give the invocation at our Annual Alumni Reunion – Hall of Fame Dinner for a number of years. He was very eloquent in his presentations to intertwine the word of God and the game of baseball. He loved watching his son play for the Palmer Club at Kelley Field in Hyde Park.
Paul Carey, BPL Hall of Famer 1993, passed away on August 20, 2014. Paul had joined the Bryan Club in the Boston Park League while in college and beyond. His club made the playoffs each year, and Paul was a solid performer on a team that was loaded with future league Hall of Famers.
Born and raised in West Roxbury, Paul and his wife Maureen raised 4 children in Needham, where he lived most of his life. In high school, Paul was an athletic legend at St. Sebastian’s School, starring in baseball, football, hockey, & basketball. Paul attended Boston College where he was a hockey goalie and a catcher on the baseball team, both teams nationally ranked in the early 50’s. He was elected captain of the baseball team his senior year. He played for Bryan Club in the Boston Park League while in college. Following his playing days, Paul became a successful teacher-coach in high school and college. He then took up golf, and mastered the game winning back to back championships at the Needham Golf Club. He was also a Eucharistic minister, visiting hospitals and nursing homes caring for residents spiritual and physical needs.
Louie DiTullio, BPL Hall of Famer 1997, passed away on April 28, 2014 in Florida. Louie was an outstanding left-handed pitcher for the Carlevale Braves and the Supreme Saints. He also played for the Easton Huskies of the Cranberry League and later became the League Commissioner.
John Tedeman, Boston Park League legend, passed away on February 6, 2014 in his home surrounded by his loving family. The Class of 2004 Hall of Famer was 69 years old. John Tedeman was a hard throwing righthander who could make a batter wish they were somewhere else. An overpowering fastball that would easily charge a radar gun at 90+. He had a very successful college career at Suffolk University, his signature game being against Brandeis, when he struck out 21 batters. He signed a Red Sox contract and played 2 years of minor league baseball. He joined the Carlevale Braves in the early 60’s, player-managed by Mike Donato and general manager Tom Menino, the former Mayor of Boston He pitched for the 1969 BPL Champion Craven Club, and finished up with the Supreme Saints.