The Boston Park League, the oldest organized amateur baseball league in the country, begins its 63d consecutive season tonight at Kelly Field in Hyde Park, where last year’s champ, Hyde Park Sports, hosts Triple D’s of Jamaica Plain, last year’s runner-up.
Hyde Park defeated Triple D’s in last year’s playoff finals, four games to one. Hyde Park defeated the Towne Club, 3-2, and Triple D’s defeated Great Scott by the same margin in the semifinals.
Hyde Park, led by shortstop Jim Caeran — who played for Northeastern University in the ECAC Division 1 tournament over the weekend — finished in first place last year with a 19-13 record, edging Great Scott (18-13-1).
Hyde Park is managed by B.J. Flynn, and Triple D’s is managed by Brian O’Leary.
President Bob Powers, who also manages Great Scott, said there has been a resurgence in the number of players making inquiries about the league.
“Players are looking at us as a viable alternative if they can’t play on the Cape,” said Powers. “There’s a great deal of interest in the Park League, and anyone who comes out to watch us this summer will see a good, quality product.”
As usual, there is no admission charge for games of the self-supporting league, which plays on four donated City of Boston fields — Cleveland Circle, Casey Town Field in Dorchester, Stewart Diamond at Fallon Field in Roslindale and Billings Field in West Roxbury — and one MDC field, Kelly.
The regular-season schedule runs through the end of July and playoffs begin the first Monday in August.
The remainder of the league consists of Mass. Envelope, the Palmer Club, the Al Thomas Club (last year’s junior Park League champ), the ADSL-Avi Nelson Club and the Larkin Club.
Copyright © 1991 Boston Globe, all rights reserved. Written by Marvin Pave.