Thursday, July 26, 2007


Boston Park League Hall of Famer and good friend - Josh Powel wearing his classic LA Dodger uniform. Josh currently is umpiring games in the Yawkey League for the SSUA.

Yawkey League Hall of Fame Member, Brian Carey in his Cleveland Indian Classic Jersey.

Former McKay Club and Yawkey League All Star, Brendan Smith (right) in his Classic Red Sox uniform. Brendan plans to return to the YBL in 2008!

Former McKay Club and Yawkey League All Star, Joe Orlando in his Alaska Gold Panners Uniform.

Len Merullo and Johnny Pesky will manage the 2007 edition of the Oldtime Baseball Game.


Former major-league infielders Johnny Pesky and Lennie Merullo will be back in uniform at the 14th Annual Abbot Financial Management Oldtime Baseball Game, to be played Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge.

The Oldtime Baseball Game is a celebration of our national pastime, featuring college and high school players participating in a modern-day baseball game while wearing dazzling old-style uniforms. Players represent schools from throughout the area, and from the Yawkey League, Park League, Intercity League, New England Collegiate League, Cape Cod League and other summer leagues. This year’s game is being played as a benefit for the C2 Mission, which was created to benefit children and families affected by cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis. The C2 Mission will earmark funds from the Oldtime Baseball Game to its Pick Me Up Program, which provides financial assistance for families in need affected by these diseases.

Johnny Pesky, who turns 88 in September, is well-known to Red Sox fans, having served the club in a variety of capacities, from player to manager to broadcaster, for more than 60 years. He played shortstop for the Red Sox in the 1946 World Series. Lennie Merullo, a native of East Boston, played seven seasons in the big leagues, all with the Chicago Cubs. He was the Cubs’ shortstop in the 1945 World Series. Merullo, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony.

What makes the Oldtime Baseball Game so special is its glittering array of oldtime uniforms, used just once a year for the game. The old-style flannel uniforms represent just about every era in baseball history, from the 1901 Baltimore Orioles to the 1969 Seattle Pilots. Such long-ago teams as the Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns and Brooklyn Dodgers are represented. The old Negro Leagues are also included, with uniforms from the Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs and Baltimore Elite Giants. Such long ago minor-league teams as the San Francisco Seals, Oakland Oaks and Roswell Rockets are represented. The game features uniforms from Alaska (Alaska Goldpanners) to Cuba (Cienfuegos Elephantes). The Oldtime Baseball Game even features the uniform of a team that never actually existed: The York Knights, for whom Robert Redford’s Roy Hobbs character played in “The Natural.”

Prior to this year’s game, a banner will be unveiled in memory of former Red Sox infielder and Boston College baseball coach Eddie Pellagrini, who passed away last October. Eddie coached in the Oldtime Baseball Game from 2000 to 2002.

Admission to the Oldtime Baseball Game is free. Fans are asked to bring a beach blanket or chair and camp out along the foul lines, as it is the crowd that makes the evening so electric.

The rain date for the Oldtime Baseball game is Monday, August 20, also at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Oldtime Baseball Game, visit our web site at or email us at

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