Teaneck Southern Baseball League: History

PAST TEANECK SOUTHERN LL CHAMPIONS
2004 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
2003 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
2003 12 Year Old Hackensack Memorial Day Tournament
2001 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
2001 10 Year Old Section 2 Champions
2001 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
2000 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
2000 12s Cheesequake Memorial Day Tourny Champs
2000 10's Fall Allstar Fall League
2000 11s NY Triple Crown Tournament Champions
2000 9s Emerson Fall Ball Tourny Champs
2000 9s Paramus Tourny B-Div. Champions
2000 9s Cheesequake Memorial Day Tourny Champs
2000 7/8s Teaneck Li'l Rookies Memorial Day Tourny Champs
1999 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1999 10 Year Old Paramus Tournament Champions
1998 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
1998 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1998 9 Year Old Dumont Tournament Champions
1997 7/8 Yr. Old Emerson N. Bergen Champions
1997 7/8 Yr. Old Lyndhurst Tournament Champs

1996 10 Year Old Section 2 Champions
1996 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1995 10 Year Old New Jersey State Champions
1995 10 Year Old Section 2 Champions
1995 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1994 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1993 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1991 10 Year Old District 6 Champions
1966 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
1962 12 Year Old District 6 Champions
1961 12 Year Old District 6 Champions

*Color Key:
Blue - 1st time Title won for this division
Red - State Title


TSLL History of Champions, By The Numbers *(as of 2001)
As another baseball season comes and goes, Teaneck Southern LL continued working hard and progressing as a league.

Here's what we did:

12yr Old All-Stars won the District 6 Title, and went on to make it all the way through the Section 2 Tournament, before falling in the Section Championship game.

10yr. Old All-Stars won the District 6 Title, then the Section 2 Title, and went on to the State Championships. This team met with a lot of adversity this season, but hung together through it all to still excell.

*The 12s were also runner-ups in the Paramus Tournament, and went undefeated in the AABC before bowing out in the playoffs, due to other committments. *This particular team, aka, "The Boyz," finish up their LL careers, winning 7 championships in 5 seasons, as All-Stars.

Besides these individual team accomplishments, TSLL was the only program in NJ to place both all-star teams collectively near the top of these LL State Tournaments, of over 300 LLs in the State. Our 12s were in the "Elite 8," and the 10s made it to the Final 4" in all of New Jersey. In this year, no other LL in NJ did it any better, across the board.

Check all the other years passed (below), to see the bigger picture, as to why Teaneck Southern continues to be some of the very best baseball around.


TSLL History of Champions, By The Numbers (as of 2000)
As we proceed through this New Millenium in this year 2000, Teaneck Southern Little League continues to have much to be proud of. With the fun being had by all in Little League play, it eventually culminates into a pursuit of excellence. All-Star teams are assembled to showcase the league's best and hopefully to win championships, any which way we can. TSLL has won its share of honors in this way over the many years and still continues to date. Here's what we've done most recently:

*12s - Won the LL District 6 Championship, and won the Cheesequake Memorial Day Tournament, in Old Bridge, NJ.

*11s - Won the prestigious Triple Crown Tournament in Long Island, NY.

*9s - Won the Paramus Tournament World Series, B-div., Championship, won the Cheesequake Memorial Day Tournament, in Old Bridge, NJ., and won the Emerson 10U Fall Ball Tournament.

*7/8s - Won the 1st Annual Li'l Rookies Memorial Day Tournament in Teaneck, NJ.

**Hey, play a little connect-the-dots here, and do the math by checking the previous histories below to see just how we've gotten to this point. You'll see exactly what Teaneck Southern Little League has done in the way of winning it all, all along the way.


TSLL History of Champions, By The Numbers (as of 1999)
As we go into the new millenium in the upcoming year 2000, Teaneck Southern Little League has much to be proud of. With the fun being had by all in Little League play, it eventually culminates into a pursuit of excellence. All-Star teams are assembled to showcase the league's best and hopefully to win championships, any which way we can. TSLL has won its share of honors in this way over the years and still continues to date. Here's what we've done so far:

10s
As far as dominance is concerned, our 10yr. Old division has shown the most gusto, winning District 6, seven times ('91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, & 99). They have also been Section 2 champs twice ('95, 96). The pinnacle for this division of TSLL was winning the NJ State Title in 1995.

*Also, the 10yr. Old '96 team was the only team in league history (at least since 1961) in State Tournament play, that ever went on to eventually win another title as an older team. The '96 crop of 10s went on to eventually win the District 6 title in their final year as Little Leaguers, as 12s.

*Also to note, the 1999 10s besides winning District 6, went on to win TSLL's very first Paramus Tournament World Series Championship.


12s
The 12s won the very first District 6 title for the league back in 1961, and the division repeated as champs in '62 and '66. They then went on an extensive drought that was finally broken 32 years later, with another District 6 title in 1998.

7/8s
Since Little League does not provide state tournament/all-star play for kids under age 10, the younger kids must go out and play in local tournaments for their age group, wherever they can find them. As such, the very first championships won in the league by 7/8s, was in 1997. The division won the only two titles captured that year in all-star play, on any level, undefeatedly winning both the Lyndhurst and Emerson Tournaments.

9s
The first 9yr. Old title ever won by the league was in capturing the Dumont Championship, in 1998. A pretty large tournament, Dumont included nearly 30 teams from all over Northern NJ. Despite all the good competition, our 9s played very well, and went undefeated in winning the division's very first championship ever.


Miscellaneous

Teaneck Southern LL has won 18 titles in 11 different years over a 38-year period, from 1961 to 1999.

The most titles won in any one year, was three (3). This was done twice in two very different ways. In 1995, one team won 3 titles; the 10s won District 6, Section 2, and TSLL's crown jewel to date, The NJ State Title. And in 1998, three teams won titles; the 12s were District 6 Champs, the 10s won District 6, and the 9s won the Dumont Tournament. TSLL won two titles in '99, both by the 10s; District 6 and the Paramus Tournament World Series Championship. That same feat (winning the only 2 titles in a season) was initially accomplished in TSLL when the 10s won the only two titles in '96; District 6 and Section 2. The 7/8s repeated this double-action by winning the Lyndhurst and Emerson Tournaments in '97.

There have been 4 divisions to win multiple titles alone; the '95 10s, the '96 10s, '97 7/8s and the '99 10s. The 10s also won the league's only sole titles in '94, 93, and 91. The 12s did the same in '66, 62, and 61.

1998 marks the only year that the 12s and 10s completely dominated the District, winning District 6 titles together. *Also it was the only time in the history of District 6, that both divisions (TSLL 10s & 12s) were won by the same league.

Also, '98 was the first time in league history three different divisions in TSLL were champions at the very same time; 12s won District 6, 10s won District 6, and the 9s won the Dumont Tournament.

*Interesting to note, that the 1999 team of 10s was the same team of 9s that won in 1998, and was the same team of 7/8s that won in 1997. It marks the very first time in league history that one of its all-star teams has stayed together and won championships (in the following division) in consecutive years. **Besides winning the '99 D6 Title, this particular group has also won the only Titles (4) ever won for TSLL, outside that of the traditional District, Sectional, and State ran LL Tournaments.


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Past Presidents of TSLL
Anthony Manno       1952
Anthony Manno       1953
Richard Rodda       1954
Thomas J. Costa    1955
Richard Sadlier    1956
Fred Quance         1957
G.P. Coan          1958
G.P. Coan          1959
Sol Parker          1960
John Pinkman       1961
Charles Roller      1962
John R. Hopke       1963
Charles Roller      1964
Miro Latin          1965
Miro Latin          1966
James P. Tarras    1967
Miro Latin          1968
William Lindsay Jr 1969
Morton Leeds       1970
Morton Leeds       1971
Morton Leeds       1972
Morton Leeds       1973
Andrew Nestor Jr    1974
Andrew Nestor Jr    1975
Richard B. Welden   1976
Stan Jocobson       1977
Stan Jocobson       1978
Stan Jocobson       1979
Aram Papazian       1980
Aram Papazian       1981
Donald Ware         1982
Donald Ware         1983
James Limone       1984
James Limone       1985
George Lind         1986
Charles Appel       1987
Charles Appel       1988
Donald Ware         1989
Ralph Constatine    1990
Robert Elliott      1991
Edward W. Kane      1992
John Huber          1993
John Huber          1994
Jeff Ware          1995
Vince Doyle         1996
Thomas Stephens    1997
Robert Natale       1998
Leon Matthews       1999
Leon Matthews       2000
Leon Matthews       2001
Dave Rueger         2002
Dave Rueger         2003
Claire Preschel    2004
Tom Santostefano    2005
Tom Santostefano    2006
Dave Rueger         2007
Hector Diaz         2008
Hector Diaz         2009
Dave Rueger         2010


Teaneck Southern LL Presidents HALL of FAME
The following are TSLL Presidents that were notables and held the reigns at interesting moments in our history. Many gave countless hours of service, others lent their support dynamically in relative ways. All are to be forever recognized and applauded for their leadership.

1st Pres. - Anthony Manno, 1952,'53
*(League's First Elected President)

2nd Pres. - Richard Rodda, 1954
*(Teaneck's First Town Superintendent of Recreation)

12th & 14th Pres.- Miro Latin, 1965
*(League President, 3x, '65, 66, 68)

16th Pres.- Morton Leeds, 1970
*(1st 4x League President, '70, 71, 72, 73)

19th Pres.- Stan Jocobson, 1977
*(League President, 3x, '77, 78, 79)

21st & 25th Pres.- Donald Ware, 1982
*(League President, 3x, '82, 83, 89)

34th Pres.- Leon Matthews, 1999, "2000", 01
*(3x League President & Y2K League President)

1st Female President: Claire Preschel 2004

35th, 38th, & 40th Pres.- Dave Rueger, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010
*(2nd 4x League President)


A TSLL Closer View: 2nd Pres., Richard Rodda, '54
Richard Rodda, Teaneck Southern Little League's 2nd President back in 1954, was a pioneer in the field of Recreation on the local, state and national levels. He was also Teaneck's first Superintendent of Recreation back in the early '40s. In 1998, a new Rodda Community Center was dedicated to his efforts. We at TSLL are proud that he was an important part of our baseball beginning, and the better beginnings of sport for all in our town. For his leadership & excellence, we salute him.

TSLL History of Champions, By The Numbers (as of 1998)
With the fun being had by all in Little League play, it eventually culminates into a pursuit of excellence. All-Star teams are assembled to showcase the league's best and hopefully to win championships. Teaneck Southern (TSLL) has won its share of honors in this way over the years. Here's what we've done so far.

10s
As far as dominance is concerned, our 10yr. Old division has shown the most gusto, winning District 6, six times ('91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98). They have also been Section 2 champs twice ('95, 96). The pinnacle for this division of TSLL was winning the NJ State Title in 1995.

*Also, the 10yr. Old '96 team was the only team in league history (at least since 1961) in State Tournament play, that ever went on to eventually win another title as an older team. The '96 crop of 10s went on to eventually win the District 6 title in their final year as Little Leaguers, as 12s.

12s
The 12s won the very first District 6 title for the league back in 1961, and the division repeated as champs in '62 and '66. They then went on an extensive drought that was finally broken 32 years later, with another District 6 title in 1998.

8s
Since Little League does not provide state tournament/all-star play for kids under age 10, the younger kids must go out and play in local tournaments for their age group, wherever they can find them. As such, the very first championships won in the league by 7-8s, was in 1997. The division won the only two titles captured that year in all-star play, on any level, undefeatedly winning both the Lyndhurst and Emerson Tournaments.

9s
The first 9yr. Old title ever won by the league was in capturing the Dumont Championship, in 1998.

*Interesting to note, that this team of 9s, was the same team of 8s that won in 1997. It marks the very first time in league history that one of its all-star teams has stayed together and won another championship (in the following division) in the following year.

Miscellaneous

The league has won 16 titles in 10 different years over a 37-year period, from 1961 to 1998.

The most titles won in any one year, was three (3). This was done twice in two very different ways. In 1995, one team won 3 titles; the 10s won District 6, Section 2, and TSLL's crown jewel to date, The NJ State Title. And in 1998, three teams won titles; the 12s were District 6 Champs, the 10s won District 6, and the 9s won the Dumont Tournament. *TSLL won two titles in '96, both by the 10s; District 6 and Section 2.

There have been 3 divisions to win multiple titles alone; the '95 10s, the '96 10s, and the '97 8s. The 10s also won the league's only sole titles in '94, 93, and 91. The 12s did the same in '66, 62, and 61.

1998 marks the only year that the 12s and 10s completely dominated the District, winning District 6 titles together. *Also it was the only time in the history of District 6, that both divisions (TSLL 10s & 12s) were won by the same league.

Also, '98 was the first time in league history three different divisions in TSLL were champions at the very same time; 12s won District 6, 10s won District 6, and the 9s won the Dumont Tournament.


12/30/99 - Going Forward, Looking Back...Richard Rodda, 1954
As we say goodbye to this last year of the old millenium, we stop to remember where we come from. And as such, we recognize one of our very first League Presidents...-Good Roots, Good Trees!

Richard Rodda, Teaneck Southern Little League's 2nd President back in 1954, was a pioneer in the field of Recreation on the local, state and national levels. He was also Teaneck's first Superintendent of Recreation back in the early '40s. In 1998, a new Rodda Community Center was dedicated to his efforts.

We at TSLL are proud that he was an important part of our baseball beginning, and the better beginnings of sport for all in our town. For his leadership & excellence, we salute him then, now, and into this New Millenium.


11/29/99 - In Fond Remembrance of Donald Ware
Regretfully, I mention the recent passing of a true friend of Teaneck Southern Little League, Donald Ware. Mr. Ware was a 3x Past President of our League, 1982, '83, & '89. In those years, before and since, he has been an ardent keeper of the TSLL flame. His hard work and love for the kids, helped to make our league what it is today. I recently had coffee with him, and he wore proudly an old TSLL jacket while talking fondly of baseball in the town over the past 40 or so years. Reflecting, he smiled an old man's smile, one of contentment and true love of a kid's game. Mr. Ware hit a lot of homeruns for us over the many years, and he will be sincerely missed.

*Our utmost respect and condolences to the Ware family.


New Uniforms Are In!!!
1960
I found this in "The Best Of Bergen" magazine while waiting at Jackson Hole for a family burger outing...

This is Town Councilman Sam Bartoletta throwing the first pitch in 1960. Catcher is Bob Flynn, Pitchers (l to r) are Gregg Tacchino, and Billy Newman. No word on the ump, but I'd like to think Sam has a better arm that could move the ball further off the mound. Those lefty's are crazy...

Check out the trees around our field, nothing like 45 years of growth to fill them in. Just kidding about the uniforms, right? we're not gonna look like this this year, right?   :-)

Check this out: I got an email on 3-24 that made me feel great about what we do here:

Just a short note, My name is Neal Bartoletta, I am Sam Bartoletta's ,younger son, 58. My younger son was named after my Dad and he sent me your website and was surprised to see Dad in the picture. I live and have my businesses in Florida and Georgia.My 4 year old grandson play's T ball and got a real kick out of seeing my dad, thanks again for putting in website.
                         Neal Bartoletta