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On Tap for N.J. State Championships

Representatives of 1949, 1978 Little League World Series Champions Joining

Little League Section Champions for 75th Anniversary Celebration

 

Bayville, NJ ( July 2014):  Art Crowder remembers the whole town of Hammonton greeting the team’s bus when the Little Leaguers returned from Williamsport, Pa., as Little League World Champions in 1949.

 He remembers the banana splits. What he doesn’t remember, however, is the fight to allow him to play in the first place.

 

 “I found out after the fact,” said Crowder, now 78 years old, about the fight to allow him, as a young boy, to play in the Little League tournament. “It shows you there are some good people in the world.”

 

 And in his community of Hammonton. Crowder, you see, is black. He was playing baseball for Hammonton in Little League at a time where there were few black boys playing -- despite the fact that baseball and football were the primary sports available back then.

 

 “That’s all we had back then,” Crowder said from his home in Gloucester County. “Football and baseball. That’s all you did.”

 

 He played for the Hammonton Little League in the years just after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. But at 12 years old, he wasn’t aware of the race issues.

 

 “They shielded me from that,” Crowder said of the adults on the team he played for. “The fact that I had some good people backing me up says a lot.”

 

 Good people backing children is the essence of Little League. And that sense of community is what will pervade next week as the Joe Graziano N.J. State Little League Championships, which are being hosted by District 18’s Berkeley Little League.

 

 Crowder will be one of the special guests at the championship banquet on Wednesday, which also will feature N.J. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and former Major League pitcher Mark Leiter.

 

 The N.J. State Little League and Junior League championships kick off Tuesday with check-ins at District 18’s Berkeley Little League, the host of both state championship tournaments.

 

 On Tuesday, July 22, Guadagno will headline a star-studded lineup for the banquet, which kicks off the Joe Graziano N.J. State Little League Championships. Leiter, a former Major League pitcher and Central Regional graduate, will address the teams, as will author Tom Swyers, a long-time backer of recreational baseball who has a hot selling new novel, “Saving Babe Ruth”.

 

 In addition, Butch Belitrand and Dick Work, who managed the 1975 Lakewood Little League team that won the Little League World Series, and Otha “Art” Crowder, of the 1949 Little League World Series championship team from Hammonton, Atlantic County, will be on hand.

 

 “We are honored to have so many important members of the state and its Little League history participate in our ceremonies honoring the 75th  anniversary of Little League baseball,” said Bob Everett, president of the Berkeley Little League,  the host of the N.J. state championships for both Little League and Junior League.

 

 Central Regional High School’s Junior ROTC will present the colors at Wednesday’s opening ceremonies, and Idol Time will sing the national anthem. NJ Transit Police will be putting on a K-9 demonstration at the pre game ceremonies.

 

 The Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and the NJ State Junior Little League Championship, are both presented by TD Bank.

 

 Wednesday also is the Midway event at Berkeley Little League, an event honoring the state’s Boardwalk history. Championship title sponsor TD Bank will be running its fan photo booth and giving away free Italian ices from Bella’s Italian Ice, at the corner of Moorage Avenue and Atlantic City Boulevard (Route 9) in Bayville.

 

 Also taking part in the Midway will be Community Medical Center, a division of Barnabas Health, with its Mobile Burn Center, Fire Safety House and its Concussion Awareness program; the Primo Sausage Truck, making great sausage sandwiches; All-Star Magnets, making custom magnets; the Berkeley Historical Society. Also on hand will be Buster from the Lakewood BlueClaws; the Gamin Ride Video Gaming Trailer; the New Jersey State Mobile Hall of Fame; the Dairy Queen Cone giving out free ice cream cones, and more.

 

 On Thursday, July 24, it’s Legacy Night at the Cove, where the group will be raising money for a District 18 umpire who was injured in car accident on way to a District 18 All Star game. That event will include a 50/50 and raffles.

 

 The community is invited to a laser tag tournament on the grounds of the Berkeley Little League on Thursday, July 24, and wristbands for rides at Blackbeard’s Cave on Friday, July 25.

 

 And on Championship Sunday, July 27, New Jersey’s best pulled pork and barbecue will be available, provided by Piney's BBQ Pit!

 

 Little League is marking its 75th anniversary, and in keeping with the milestone, District 18 host Berkeley Little League is working to make it a week to remember for families as well as the players.

 

 The weeklong celebration of the Best Beaches, Boardwalks and Baseball in the state begins Tuesday, July 22 and concludes Sunday, July 27.

 

 Ocean County has a proud history in the Little League World Series, with Lakewood Little League in 1975 and Toms River East American Little League in 1998 bringing home titles, giving the county two of the state’s four Little League World Champions (Little Big League of Hammonton in 1949 and Wayne Little League in 1970 are the other two).

 

 In addition to TD Bank and Community Medical Center, sponsors include Shop-Rite; the Cove; Modell’s; Dairy Queen of Bayville; Blackbeard’s Cave; the Hershey Motel of Seaside Heights; the Seaside Heights BID and the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council. Media partners are Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network and the Asbury Park Press.

 

 The best beaches. The best -- and newly restored -- boardwalks. And the best baseball. Come spend the week in Ocean County to see it for yourself. 

For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball.Berkeley Little League and District 18 are proud to host this event.

 

Those interested in being a part of the championships may go to berkeleylittleleague.com or email BerkeleyLL@comcast.net for sponsorship information.

 

Sponsors Bring Community Feel to N.J. State Championships

Title Sponsor TD Bank, Lakewood BlueClaws Head Distinguished and Varied List

 of Supporters for Joe Graziano N.J. State Little League Championships

 and N.J. State Junio League Championships

 

Bayville, NJ ( July 15, 2014):  Just one weeks from now, when the section champions arrive in Bayville for the state championships, they will be greeted by a host of special events and special treats.

 

TD Bank, the title sponsor of this year’s Joe Graziano N.J. State Little League Championship and  the N.J. State Junior League Championship tournaments, being held July 22-27 at the Berkeley Little League complex at Red Bank and Moorage avenues, has provided significant support for the event, Berkeley Little League President Bob Everett said.

 

TD Bank, in addition to other support, will have a family photo booth available during Wednesday evening’s Midway event, which is being held on Red Bank Avenue, in front of the complex. They will be dishing out free Bella’s Italian ices for all the fans that stop by their  booth.

 

Dairy Queen is providing free  ice cream for the opening night banquet, as well as team discounts and free cones on Wednesday night. The banquet, on Tuesday, July 22,  is sponsored by Perlmutter Family ShopRites and The Cove Waterfront Grill of Bayville. The Oceanaires, a vocal group with a barbershop quartet style, will provide vocal entertainment.

 

Just added to the line up is a very special guest. Mr. Tom  Swyers, author of the timely new novel “Saving Babe Ruth” will be doing a book signing at the Tuesday banquet and on opening  night on Wednesday July 23rd.

 

“Saving Babe Ruth” is a fictional account of a man trying to save a town’s dying recreational baseball league, and draws on his real-life experiences in reviving a struggling baseball program that was suffering because of the rise of folks with agendas focused on self-interests. He will be speaking to the Little Leaguers and their families who are participating in the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship at the opening banquet on Tuesday, July 22. The book is currently sitting high on Amazon’s sports list and has received great reviews.

 

The Lakewood BlueClaws have special night planned for the finalists of the Little League and Junior League tournaments at the BlueClaws’ game July 27. In addition to tickets for the members of the finalist teams, the players will be recognized at the game for their accomplishments. Families and friends will be able to get additional tickets with a special Little League discount. Modell’s will provide free fan shirts for the players for the occasion.

 

The BlueClaws’ mascot, Buster, will be appearing at the Midway on Wednesday night as well.

 

The entire community is getting behind the teams, celebrating what Little League means to communities all across the country and the world, as Little League marks its 75th anniversary.

 

Other sponsors of the championships include, Community Medical Center; Blackbeard’s Cave; the Hershey Motel of Seaside Heights; and the Seaside Heights BID. Media partners are Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network and the Asbury Park Press.

 

For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball.Berkeley Little League and District 18 are proud to host this event.

 

Those interested in being a part of the championships may go to berkeleylittleleague.com or email BerkeleyLL@comcast.net for sponsorship information.

 

What: Little League 75th Anniversary & State Championships

When: July 22-28, 2014

Where: Ocean County &  Berkeley Little League, Bayville NJ

Who: The best baseball teams in NJ, their friends, families & fans.

Contact: Bob Everett, President Berkeley Little League. BerkeleyLL@comcast.net 732-330-5900 cell

 

About Little League®

Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 of other countries. In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow the Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball) or Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague).

 

For more information contact:



Bob Everett, President, Berkeley Little League. BerkeleyLL@comcast.net 732-330-5900 cell

www.berkeleylittleleague.org * facebook.com/berkeleylittleleague * Twitter.com @BerkeleyLL


 

 

 

 

 

N.J. State Championships At the Jersey Shore:

 A Saturday of Baseball, Beaches and the Boardwalk

 Seaside Heights and Seaside Park welcome Little League Families

 for a day of fun and memories during State Championship Week

 

 

Bayville, NJ ( June 24, 2014): The best beaches. The best -- and newly restored -- boardwalks. And Little League baseball. It’s a perfect combination and it all comes together on Saturday, July 26, during the New Jersey State Little League Championships, hosted by District 18’s Berkeley Little League.

 

After morning elimination games in the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and the  N.J. State Junior Little League Championship, families will adjourn to Seaside Heights for fun on the sand and boardwalk.

 

And The Hershey Motel, 1415 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, is offering discounted  room rates for tournament participants to help make it an affordable week for tournament families.

 

Lucky Leo’s Amusements  is giving the Little Leaguers free game play for those who love to indulge in Skeeball and all other kinds of arcade games. 

 

For amusement ride fans, Casino Pier is giving all the players (and one guest) “Ride & Slide” passes good for rides on the Boardwalk and at Breakwater Beach plus $15 in arcade play at  Casino Pier’s arcades. The Sunrise Motel, The Palm Villa Motel, Bobbers Restaurant, Klee’s Grill & the Army Navy Store are all helping to sponsor this event, be sure to stop by and say hello.

 

It will be a week to remember for Little Leaguers, Junior Leaguers and  their families as they help Little League celebrate its 75th anniversary. Ocean County and the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District are opening their arms and welcoming everyone for this milestone celebration.

 

The Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and the NJ State Junior Little League Championship, hosted by District 18’s Berkeley Little League, are both presented by TD Bank.

 

Ocean County has a proud  history in the Little League World Series, with Lakewood Little League in 1975 and Toms River East American Little League in 1998 bringing home titles, giving the county two of the state’s four Little League World Champions (Little Big League of Hammonton in 1949 and Wayne Little League in 1970 are the other two).

 

In addition to TD Bank, the Seaside Heights BID, Hershey Motel, Lucky Leo’s and Casino Pier, tournament sponsors include Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility; Perlmart ShopRite, The Cove, Bayville; Modell’s; Dairy Queen of Bayville; Blackbeard’s Cave , Bayville; and the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council. Media partners are Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network and the Asbury Park Press.

 

The best beaches. The best -- and newly restored -- boardwalks. And the best baseball. Come spend the week in Ocean County to see it for yourself.

 

For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball.Berkeley Little League and District 18 are proud to host this event.

 

Those interested in being a part of the championships may go to berkeleylittleleague.com or email BerkeleyLL@comcast.net for sponsorship information.

 

What: Little League 75th Anniversary & State Championships

When: July 22-28, 2014

Where: Ocean County &  Berkeley Little League, Bayville NJ

Who: The best baseball teams in NJ, their friends, families & fans.

Contact: Bob Everett, President Berkeley Little League. BerkeleyLL@comcast.net 732-330-5900 cell

 

 

 

 

The Road to the World Series Begins Now

 Community Medical Center Gives Its Support

 as District 18 Tournaments Kick Off in Ocean County

 

Bayville, NJ (June 20, 2014): One hundred fifty games. Six age brackets. The Little League District 18 All-Star Tournaments are getting underway as the road to the state championships -- and ultimately the World Series -- kicks off this week. 

And right there to show its support for all the athletes playing in these games is Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility. 

“Community Medical Center is proud to be associated with the 2014 New Jersey Little League Championships,” said Stephanie L. Bloom, president and chief executive officer, Community Medical Center. “As a Barnabas Health facility, we are committed to help people achieve healthy lifestyles and we believe it is essential to start with our children. Little League gives children the opportunity to exercise and develop confidence in an active and fun way.” 

For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball. Berkeley Little League and District 18 are proud to host this event. 

The District 18 tournaments -- from 10-year-olds through Senior League -- get into full swing this week. The winners at each age group advance to sectional play and from there, the state championships, including the the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and the NJ State Junior Little League Championship, both being held at Berkeley Little League. 

To help celebrate the legacy of Little League baseball in Ocean County, Community Medical Center is sponsoring the Community Midway on Wednesday, July 23, during  the weeklong celebration of the Best Beaches, Boardwalks and Baseball in the state at Berkeley Little League. The celebration, which begins Tuesday, July 22 and concludes Sunday, July 27, highlights the 75th Anniversary of Little League. 

The Community Midway will offer health information, especially important cardiac and concussion information for young athletes. Visit the Barnabas Health Fire Safety House and learn about fire safety. And don’t miss the great giveaways for those who visit the Midway. 

The highlight of the Midway will be the N.J. Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, where you can learn about the influential New Jersey men and women who made invaluable contributions to the state and the world in arts, business, sports, science and business. 

The Hall of Fame Mobile Museum is a field trip on wheels, with almost 1,000 square feet of exhibits on people from Clara Barton and Harriett Tubman to astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Colonial era political writer Thomas Paine to Bruce Springsteen. There are interactive video displays and much more. 

TD Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and of the NJ State Junior League Championship. Other sponsors include Modell’s; Dairy Queen of Bayville; Blackbeard’s Cave; the Hershey Motel of Seaside Heights; the Seaside Heights BID and the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council. Media partners are Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network and the Asbury Park Press. 

The best beaches. The best -- and newly restored -- boardwalks. And the best baseball. Come spend the week in Ocean County to see it for yourself. 

Those interested in being a part of the championships may go to berkeleylittleleague.com or email BerkeleyLL@comcast.net for sponsorship information.

  

 

 

N.J. State Championships A Celebration

 of Summer, The Shore and 75 Years of Little League

Former MLB Pitcher Mark Leiter to Give Keynote Address to Kick Off
Weeklong Little League Baseball All-Star Tournaments

 

Bayville, NJ (June 10, 2014): Summer at the Jersey Shore. What better way for a family to spend a week than to hit the boardwalk, play miniature golf and catch some baseball games? 

During the last week of July, baseball teams and families from around New Jersey will be gathering in Ocean County for the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship and the NJ State Junior Little League Championship, both presented by TD Bank. Little League is marking its 75th anniversary, and in keeping with this milestone, District 18 host, Berkeley Little League, is working to make it a week to remember for families as well as the players. 

The weeklong celebration of the Best Beaches, Boardwalks and Baseball in the state, which begins Tuesday, July 22 and concludes Sunday, July 27, has been gathering momentum, with a number of special events and appearances planned for the state championships. 

Tuesday, July 22, is check-in day for the participating teams that will represent the state’s four sections. The Final Four will be honored at the Joe Graziano NJ State Little League Championship banquet at the Berkeley Little League Volunteer Community Center. Former Major League pitcher Mark Leiter will give the keynote address at the banquet, which is sponsored by Perlmart Family ShopRites and The Cove Waterfront Grill of Bayville. The Oceanaires, a vocal group with a barbershop quartet style, will provide musical entertainment. 

Leiter, who pitched for eight MLB teams, including the Yankees and the Phillies, in a career spanning 1990 to 2001, pitched at Bayville’s Central Regional High School and at Ramapo College in Mahwah before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1983. His son, Mark Leiter Jr., currently pitches for the Lakewood BlueClaws. His brother, Al, a baseball analyst for MLB Network and color commentator on the YES Network, won World Series pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays and the then-Florida Marlins. Mark Leiter owns a pitching and hitting clinic in Toms River. 

On Wednesday, July 23, the celebration of baseball and the Jersey Shore -- which still is recovering from Hurricane Sandy -- continues with Opening Day festivities. Families will have a taste of the boardwalk right next to the baseball complex, as three blocks of Red Bank Avenue will be converted into a Midway, with vendors and special displays. Community Medical Center will be on hand with its Fire Safety House, and Buster, the Lakewood BlueClaws’ mascot, will be in attendance. The New Jersey Mobile Hall of Fame, sponsored by Community Medical Center, a division of Barnabas Health, will be on the premises. The Kayla Caffrey of Idol Time Singing Academy  will perform the national anthem at the Opening Ceremonies for the two tournaments. The Idol Time Competition Team will  provide pre game entertainment with covers of popular tunes. Two Little League and two Junior League games will be played on Wednesday. 

On Thursday, July 24, the Junior League Section Champions -- who will be playing their tournament on Leiter Field, named for the Leiter family -- will be honored at a championship division barbecue. A scheduled rain day, the Berkeley Little League complex will turn into Laser Tag Central. A laser tag tournament, that’s open to everyone, will take place. This evening is Little League Legacy Night with a celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary planned for The Cove Waterfront Grill, which sits on scenic Barnegat Bay in Bayville. 

Friday, July 25, the fun continues with Little League Day at Blackbeard’s Cave in Bayville, with all-day ride bracelets for the amusement park. Round 2 of the tournaments feature two games each in Little League and the Junior League. 

Saturday, July 26, opens with baseball, as the elimination games are played, and then it’s off to the boardwalk, as Seaside Heights opens its arms to embrace all New Jersey Little Leaguers & their families. 

Sunday, July 27, is the championship games in both the Little League and Junior League brackets. The Lakewood Blue Claws  have  invited the finalists to  be honored that evening at the game at First Energy Park  game in the evening. If necessary, it will be winner-take-all games on Monday, July 28. 

Ocean County has a proud history in the Little League World Series, with Lakewood Little League in 1975 and Toms River East American Little League in 1998 bringing home titles, giving the county two of the state’s four Little League World Champions (Little Big League of Hammonton in 1949 and Wayne Little League in 1970 are the other two). 

In addition to TD Bank, Community Medical Center, ShopRite and The Cove, sponsors include Modell’s; Dairy Queen of Bayville; Blackbeard’s Cave; the Hershey Motel of Seaside Heights; the Seaside Heights BID and the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council. Media partners are Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network and the Asbury Park Press. 

The best beaches. The best -- and newly restored -- boardwalks. And the best baseball. Come spend the week down the Shore in Ocean County to see it for yourself! 

For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball. Berkeley Little League and District 18 are proud to host this event. 

Those interested in being a part of the championships may go to berkeleylittleleague.org or email BerkeleyLL@comcast.net for sponsorship information.

 

What: Little League 75th Anniversary & State Championships

When: July 22-28, 2014

Where: Ocean County &  Berkeley Little League, Bayville NJ

Who: The best baseball teams in NJ, their friends, families & fans.

Contact: Bob Everett, President Berkeley Little League. BerkeleyLL@comcast.net 732-330-5900 cell

 

About Little League®

Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 of other countries. In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow the Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball) or Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague).

 For more information contact:

Bob Everett, President, Berkeley Little League. BerkeleyLL@comcast.net 732-330-5900 cell

http://www.berkeleylittleleague.org/ * facebook.com/berkeleylittleleague * Twitter.com @BerkeleyLL


 

Diamond Anniversary Celebration Planned,

Ocean County to Host 1st

Little League State Championships in 20 years.

Summer 2014 in Ocean County: Best Beaches, Boardwalks and Baseball!

Bayville, NJ (April, 2014): For 75 years, Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity forfamilies to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball. Berkeley Little League is proud to be able to provide this opportunity to our community.

 

 For the first time in 20 years, the eyes of sports fans everywhere will be focused on Ocean County as Berkeley Little League will be the host site for the NJ State Championships in the Little League and Junior League Divisions. Having produced two (2) true World Champions, Lakewood LL in 1975 and Toms River East American LL in 1998, Ocean County has a great, long history of Little League baseball. In 2013, D18 Little Leagues won five of the six possible sectional championships and played for the state titles in each division, with Manchester Little League winning the NJ State Junior League Division Championship. As perennial contenders, the local leagues of Ocean County’s District 18 hope to use the promise of the home field advantage to make another thrilling run through the Little League International Tournament. 

Bob Everett, President of Berkeley Little League said “Our league is very excited to be hosting this once in a lifetime event. Berkeley Little League, through the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers, has come a long way. We could not be prouder to be selected as the host site. We cannot wait to see the very best baseball in New Jersey this summer.” 

As our area has continued in its struggle to recover from Super Storm Sandy, D18 Little Leagues have decided to use this once in a generation event to help promote our shore area and give our residents something positive to look forward to. To encourage folks to come back to the shore and pay us a visit, we plan to combine our hosting of the NJ State Championships with Little League’s Diamond Anniversary Celebration. 

The Summer of 2014 in Ocean County will feature the Best Beaches, Boardwalks and Baseball in all of NJ. Sponsors have been quickly lining up to help support this exciting event. TD Bank, Perlmart ShopRites, The Cove Waterfront Grille, and the Hershey Motel along with media partners the Asbury Park Press, Townsquare Media’s Shore Sports Network, the Seaside Heights BID and the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council have signed on to help promote and cover the championship series. 

“Ocean County and Berkeley Township have some wonderful natural attractions that make our town a perfect host site. We are centrally located and our partnership with our Little League has produced one of the very best Baseball Complexes in N

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