Earl Metzler, principal of Sterling Middle School in Quincy, is the winningest pitcher of the Boston Park League. Pitching for Chathams Rowe, he notched his 100th victory.
If Zach Soolman’s true baseball ambitions had been realized, he’d have been pitching for the Red Sox last summer, perhaps working in step with Pedro Martinez in the rotation and giving New England baseball fans a dazzling 1-2 pitching punch: Zach and Pete, and pray for sleet, or some such pressbox contrivance.
But fantasy is fantasy, and real life is real life. And for Zach Soolman, in hisa 28th summer, real life meant working in the consumer marketing department for Gorton’s Seafoods, and, just for kicks, pitching for the Larkin Club in the Boston Park League.
Soolman has been pitching pretty much his whole life, from Little League bandboxes to Needham High School to Tufts University. His college career ended with his graduation from Tufts in 1995, but he never stopped pitching. Going into last season, he had been a Park League mainstay for nine years.
We bring you, then, to the night of July 30, 2001. Read more
The Boston Park League ripe with all kinds of baseball players – and stories. Read more
John Casey, who grew up in Jamaica Plain and has been head baseball coach at Tufts University in Somerville since 1984, was inducted this month into the Boston Park League Hall of Fame. The league is the oldest amateur baseball league in the country. Casey was considered one of its top players in the 1980s and one of its best umpires in the 1990s. He has continued his support of the league since retiring from the diamond. Read more
My shoulder is held together with fishing line, says veteran righthander Dave Worthley of the Boston Park League’s Towne Club. And he’s not joking. Doctors gave me a 50-50 chance of being able to throw again, but I made it perfectly clear that for me it was 99 percent. Read more
Mike Ranieri is in the midst of his longest waiting game ever.
This time, the slugging baseball player isn’t stepping out of the batter’s box and playing games with an opposing pitcher.
His wait is for a ring on the telephone at his Braintree home or a knock on the door. You see, Ranieri is on the outside looking in. He is waiting for a call from Major League Baseball.
Four nights a week he puts on a uniform and plays center field for the All-Dorchester Sports League baseball team in the Boston Park League. And he keeps his ears and eyes open. Read more
Open the photo albums and you can see the Stewarts. Turn the page and listen to their stories – you’ll begin to feel the family’s traditions.
Bill Stewart can remember his grandpa’s stories. Bill heard them time and again. Stories of big games, great athletes, magical stadiums. Sports are a big part of the family tradition. But while lots of families hand down stories of legendary athletic events witnessed, the Stewart family hands down stories of participation, beginning with Grandpa Stewart, “Bill Sr.,” who was a National Hockey League (NHL) referee and a National League (N.L.) baseball umpire.
Generation After Generation: The Boston Stewarts – A Lot To Live Up To, by Dan Herbst, as appearing in Referee Magazine.
Forty years have passed, but they are still in a League of Their Own. The sight of women on the grass at Fenway Park seems as foreign today as it did when they wore skirts and high socks in the 1950s.
But one can see why the popularity of the all-female Colorado Silver Bullets is growing as they criss-cross America and Canada, making a statement that is much stronger than the movie of the same name. Their 6-0 loss to the Boston Park League All-Stars yesterday was not unexpected. What was surprising was that 5,200 went home convinced they’d been a part of history. Read more
After 65 years of continuous existence, the Boston Park League has been many things to many people. The only thing that it remains for all those who have played and the present players, is family.
Read The Boston Park League, by John Hinds, as appearing in Boston Red Sox Scorecard Magazine.
The Boston Park League, the nation’s oldest amateur baseball league, begins its 65th season tomorrow, and as usual, Milton resident and Mass. Envelope general manager John Kelliher will be part of the proceedings.
When Mass. Envelope won the league title last year, it marked Kelliher’s 11th Park League championship as either a manager or GM in a career that dates back to 1939, when he played for the old Hurley Club of Roxbury after graduating from Roxbury Memorial High.
“I’m retired from the MBTA now, so I’ve got more time to devote to baseball,” said the former Red Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers farmhand, “and I’m really looking forward to this season. Each spring, I kind of get rejuvenated because of baseball.” Read more
- Park League wins first EMABC gameJuly 14, 2019 - 12:21 pm
By Bruce Hack, ICL correspondent The Boston Park League All-Stars won its first ever EMABC game with a 2-1 victory over the host Intercity League in the opening game of the 2019 Eastern Mass Amateur Baseball Classic. On a beautiful day for baseball, one that would have Ernie Banks happy, the Park League won its […]
- New Walt Mortimer Logo UnveiledMay 17, 2019 - 6:14 am
Walt Mortimer has been with the Boston Park League for 65 years, from the league’s greatest player, to a star league administrator. And now his likeness has been recreated in an alternate Boston Park League logo.