Middletown celebrates its tenth season of Little League Baseball with play in the two leagues. The Pat Kidney League consisted of four teams: The Merchants, B'nai B'rith, the Elks and the Eagles. The Moose League also fielded four teams: Kiwanis, Moose, V.F.W. and the Jaycees.
Among other happenings, the Little League Parents Club held a Variety Show Revue on May 4 & 5th at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. An message in the program shown, from 1957 LL Commissioner Buzzy Levin and Parent Club President Eric Lowry, reads:
"It is the objective of the Middletown Little League to promote in all lawful ways the interest of boys who will participate in Little League baseball and to help and voluntarily assist them in developing qualities of citizenship, sportsmanship and manhood."
"The encouragement of the local community is needed to back the promotion of Little League Baseball with the time, the personnel and financial backing necessary to equip, coach and train boys in the Middletown area."
Even forty years later, with the correction to boys AND girls,
this message still rings true.
The fields at Hubbard Park were dedicated to the memories of Richard Baroni and Phillip Romegialli.
In on the field action, The Jaycees swept the Merchants in two games.
Game One went to the Jaycees 2-1. John DiNatale pitched a four hitter. His third inning double drove in the two runs for the Jaycees. Tom D'Aquila pitched a four hitter for the Merchants. Scott Sears homered for Merchants.
Jaycees took Game Two behind the pitching of Bill Denehy.
District Four Tournament
In District Four tournament action, Southington defeated the Moose All Stars at Romegialli Field 5-2. Tom Garry held Moose to three hits. Garry struck out nine and walked one. Southington had two home runs-one each by Ronnie Carbone and Tom Garry. John DiNatale hurled for Moose. He gave up four hits. He fanned six and walked three. The Moose hits were a double by David Bloom and singles by Rich Satagaj and John DiNatale.
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Southington All Stars 0 1 3 0 0 1 5 4 4 Moose All Stars 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 0
Pat Kidney opened their District Four play with a 5-1 win over Coginchaug at Richard Baroni Field at Hubbard Park. Tom D'Aquila pitched the victory. He hurled a five hitter. D'Aquila struck out eiqht and walked two. Pat Milardo had a two runner homer in the sixth to cap a four run sixths inninq for the winners. Scott Sears had two doubles. Coginchaug had two runners thrown at the plate in the bottom of the fifth to preserve a 1-1 tie. Third baseman Joe Powers threw out the first runner. Later on Pat Milardo from left field threw to catcher Pete Collins.
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Pat Kidney All Stars 0 1 0 0 0 4 5 4 0 Coginchaug All Stars 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 4
Plainville smashed out 20 hits to rout Pat Kidney 18-1 in a game played at Norton Park in Plainville. Plainville had home runs from Prassi, Roman and Belden. Pat Kidney had only four hits - Tom D'Aquila, Scott Sears, John Lawler and Dick Moore.
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Plainville All Stars 2 8 1 2 0 5 18 20 2 Pat Kidney All Stars 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
North Haven defeated CDE 1-0 in the District Final played at Hubbard Field in Essex.
1957 Moose League All Stars
Managers Francis Denehy and George Houston.
Richard Rostosky, Rich Satagaj, Earl Lemley, Simon Hart, Bob Huffman, John DiNatale, Bill Denehy, Tom Lombardo, Victor Carta, Walter Rybczyk, Richard Miller, Joe Micale, John Aikens, David Bloom.
1957 Pat Kidney League All Stars
Manaqers John Tynan and Fran Patenaude.
Frank DeMarco, Leslie Kesten, Tom Fiducia, Ray Leone, Pat Milardo, Joe Muraca, John Lawler, Stan Kosloski, Peter Collins, John Jordon, Joe Powers, Dick Moore, Tom D'Aquila, Scott Sears.
Angel Macias pitches a perfect game as Monterrey, Mexico becomes the first foreign team to win the Little League World Series.