Red Sox U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange

Red Sox U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange Hosted by BPL

The annual Red Sox Foundation-run program brings young Bostonians to Japan or Japanese youths to Boston for a 10-day exchange of baseball and culture. The guests stay with local host families — an experience that literally transforms their view of the world and their place in it. The program features baseball clinics and scrimmages with local youth leagues along with visits to educational and cultural attractions. Harvey Soolman and the BPL hosted.

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Louie DiTullio, Park League HOF, 1997

In Memory of Louie DiTullio, BPL Hall of Famer

Louie DiTullio, BPL Hall of Fame pitcher 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.

A memorial service will be held for BPL Hall of Famer Louie DiTullio at St. Joseph’s Church, Holbrook, Tuesday, May 13th at 9am. Read more

Northeastern University pitcher James Mulry pitches in the third inning striking out Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz at JetBlue Park during Red Sox Spring Training on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

TJO Sports’ James Mulry K’s David Ortiz & Dustin Pedroia in Spring Training Game

Sophomore James Mulry, Northeastern left handed pitcher, struck out both Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz during the annual Spring Training game on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Ft. Myers against the Red Sox. In 3 innings, Mulry allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run while walking 2, along with his 2 strikeouts. The Red Sox beat Northeastern, 5-2.

James is on the TJO Sports roster, and the son of BPL Hall of Famer Jim Mulry (1998), who played shortstop for both Northeastern & Triple D’s. Read more

Joe Namath talks with head linesman Jim Mello before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. (c) Ed Mulholland, USA Today Sports.

From BPL All-Star to Super Bowl XLVIII

Neither 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 of Fenway Park and participate in a Super Bowl. (Until another historian proves otherwise!) Read more

Dick Paster, Designated Hitter

America’s First DH in Amateur Baseball

In 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 to play the field this day. But his at bats were historic. Read more

Mansfield players in the Boston Park League

Five Mansfield Athletes Playing Baseball Together in Boston Park League

Five 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 team in the Boston Park League. They play third base, first base/pitcher, infielder/outfielder, catcher, and shortstop, respectively.

The team is coached by longtime Mansfield Little League coaches Bob Johnson, Robert and C.J.’s dad, and John Perillo, Michael’s Dad. Read more

J.P. Songin and his teammates at Fenway.

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

J.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 out the best in Songin, who has fanned just 33 times in his last 651 at-bats while hitting .346.

A star at Walpole High who belted two homers in one game against Bay State Conference rival Natick his senior season in 1995, Songin went on to record a .402 average in his final year at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. Read more