Former Medford Mustangs Star & ICL Hall of Famer Tony Pappalardo Passes Away

Tony Pappalardo, who played for many years with the Medford Mustangs, passed away on April 3. Tony was inducted into the Intercity League Hall of Fame in 2011. A true Intercity League legend.

His obituary is below.

PAPPALARDO, Anthony Of Bath, NH, and formerly of Stoneham, MA, passed away on Friday, April 3, in the comfort of his home after losing his battle with cancer. In the last days of his life, he was surrounded by family and loved ones who were able to say their goodbyes and have comfort in knowing he is no longer in any pain. He is survived by his significant other, Cindy Meuse of Bath, NH. Anthony, or Tony as he was known by many, was raised in Stoneham, MA and raised three of his children in town. He was the son of Anthony W. Pappalardo, Sr. and Carmela (DeAngelis) Pappalardo. He was the youngest brother to two siblings: Anna Marchelletta and her late husband Robert, and his late sister Margret Briffett and her late husband Edward. He was the father of 5 children: Michele Conde of Dracut, Anthony Pappalardo of Melrose, Phillip Pappalardo of Billerica, Paul Pappalardo of Phoenix, AZ and Gina Principato of North Reading. Tony spent his early career working in the automobile industry as a car parts manager. He more recently worked in nursing homes as a facilities manager. At the nursing home, he was always entertaining, singing and putting on shows to entertain the residents. He would go out of his way to ensure they were happy and do anything to put a smile on their face. During the last years of his life, he was enjoying his retirement. He was able to live a relaxing, peaceful and quiet life in the small town of Bath. Anyone that knew Tony would say he had a very outgoing personality and loved to be outside. He was always doing projects around the house and yard. He always wanted to stay busy and was never one to sit inside and watch TV. He loved his oldies music and taking long drives during the nice weather. He spent many years playing baseball in the Intercity League on the Medford Mustangs and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also known for his love for camping and strong will. He also had love for dogs throughout his life. Together, Tony and Cindy shared two dogs, Marley and Max. Marley had a huge impact on his last years of life and would go everywhere with them. Many of his passions and qualities will continue to live on in his children. Visiting Hours: Due to COVID-19, A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

A Message from the Intercity League Regarding COVID-19

A MESSAGE FROM INTERCITY LEAGUE BASEBALL
Hope this message finds everyone in the ICL Family safe and healthy.

The ICL is monitoring all directives from federal, state and city officials as it relates to COVID-19. Obviously, we are uncertain as to what those directives will be as we approach the 2020 Summer Season.

The ICL’s Board of Directors will continue to meet remotely to discuss all possibilities for the 2020 season. We will keep everyone informed as developments warrant.

If at all possible, it is our hope to play baseball this summer.

Please stay safe during these difficult times

ICL Hall of Famer Tommy Mandile Passes Away at 76

Tommy Mandile, one of the greatest pitchers ever to come out of this area, passed away this week. Tommy played for the Hosmer Chiefs and Medford Mustangs during his ICL career. He played in Chicago Cubs system for many years. At the end of his playing career Tommy became an umpire in the ICL. He was inducted into the ICL Hall of Fame in 2012.

His full obituary follows.

Thomas Michael Mandile, Jr. passed away on his 76th Birthday, March 23, 2020, after a long brave battle with blood cancer.

He was a loving son, brother, cousin, husband, father, uncle, father-in-law, friend and the BEST grampy ever! Tom is survived by those whom he considered his greatest gifts: his wife of 51 years Robin (Adair); his sister Maryanne and her husband Robert Mazaka of Wilmington; his son Tom and his wife Brenda of Winchester; his son Robert (Bob) and his wife Jennifer of Lynnfield and his PRIDE AND JOY ~ his 5 grandchildren Christine, Ann Marie, Irene, William and Ryan.

Tom was born on March 23, 1944, the son of Thomas Mandile, Sr. and Irene (Quinn). He was born and raised in South Medford. He graduated from Medford HS and was drafted as a Pitcher by the Chicago Cubs. Tom pitched in the minors from 1964-68. He made the spring training roster with the big club in ’67 and ’68 where he played with Ernie Banks and pitched against Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

After retiring from baseball, Tom worked for the phone company for over 20 years. He also worked at the Riverside school for kids in the DSS/DYS system from 1994-2005 where he was a friend and mentor to many.

Sports were always a love for Tom. He loved to play, watch, coach, umpire, and referee. He was the assistant baseball coach at Pingree HS 2000-2018. He was inducted to the Intercity League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. He earned the prestigious President’s Award in 2015 from the Eastern MA Umpires Association. But his most favorite pastime was cheering on all his grandchildren at every field, court, rink and dance floor that he could get to. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed- especially at the Lynnfield DD!

There will be a “Celebration of Life” party to be held at a later date.

2020 ICL Hall of Fame Inductees Announced, Dinner Moved to November 21

The Intercity League has announced its Hall of Fame Class for 2020. The event will now be held on Saturday evening, November 21st at Anthony’s in Malden.
Details will be announced shortly. For Information contact Event Chairman Orazio Azzarello at (617) 839-6843.

Here are the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees:

Chuck Andre – Chiefs
Dave Ellegood– Merchants
Peter Ferrari – Blue Sox
Don January – Umpire
Tommy Haugh – Blue Sox
Mike Kalfopolous – Rams, Chiefs & Americans
Sammy Steed – A’s & Blue Sox
Cary McConnell – Chiefs & A’s
John Gnieski – Mustangs
Dave Martin – Guinness, Americans, Chiefs & Reds
John Veneziano – Chiefs
Jerry Tabler – Peter Fuller & Chiefs
Gary Kiel – Chiefs & Rams
Dave Vigliotti – A’s
Peter Albano – Somerville & Rams
John “Pancho”Webb – Mustangs & Chiefs

Peter Frates 1984-2019

Peter Frates of the Lexington Blue Sox passed away today. The following is a statement from the Frates Family.

Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS.

Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.

A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.

Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all.

On behalf of Julie, Lucy, John, Nancy, Jennifer and Andrew, along with his extended family and multitude of friends, we ask that you celebrate Pete and the hope that he has given to so many by following his daily affirmation: Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking and don’t ever be afraid to be great.

As we prepare to lay Pete to rest, we ask that you respect our privacy while we mourn his loss. For those who would like to extend an expression of sympathy, please consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or online at petefrates.com/donate. Pete’s foundation’s mission is to aid progressed ALS patients in their desire to stay at home with those who love them most.

Pete’s funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, located at 28 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., alongside the campus of his beloved alma mater, Boston College. The date and time of the service will be announced as soon as it is finalized. A celebration of his life will be held on the North Shore of Boston at a later date.

The Frates family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the abundant love, kindness, and support we have been the recipients of during the past eight years.

Milestones:

May 2003: Graduates from St. John’s Prep, Danvers, Mass.
May 2007: Graduates from Boston College with a degree in communication.
March 2012: Named director of baseball operations for Boston College baseball.
March 2012: Diagnosed with ALS at age 27.
June 1, 2013: Marries Julie Frates (nee Kowalik).
August 2014: Ice Bucket Challenge raises more than $220 million for ALS research.
August 31, 2014: Lucy Frates born.
December 2014: Nominated along with fellow ALS warrior Pat Quinn for “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
2014: Co-recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year honor.
2014: ESPN SportsCenter’s “Pete’s Challenge” is nominated for an Emmy (produced by Drew Gallagher BC ’99).
March 3, 2015: BC Baseball and Boston Red Sox wear No. 3 in Pete’s honor at the annual spring training game Ft. Myers, Fla.
April 13, 2015: Red Sox sign Pete to an honorary contract on Opening Day.
2016: Pete’s No. 3 jersey retired by BC Baseball & St. John’s Prep.
2016: St. John’s Prep baseball field dedicated as “Pete Frates ’03 Diamond”
2016: Endicott College (Beverly, Mass.) opens Pete Frates Hall.
2017: NCAA Inspiration of the Year Award.
June 2017: Frates family donates the bucket used for Pete’s own Ice Bucket Challenge, along with memorabilia from his playing days at BC, for a display in the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.).
Sept. 5, 2017: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declares Pete Frates Day in Boston at a ceremony outside City Hall.
Sept. 5, 2017: The Ice Bucket Challenge biography is released.
Dec. 2018: Netflix announces production based on biography.
June 26, 2019: Boston College announces that Phase II of the Harrington Athletics Village will be named the Pete Frates Center.
Sept. 6, 2019: The Boston Red Sox present Pete with a custom 2018 World Series ring.

RE/MAX ANDREW REALTY ICL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF BERTHA BRICKLEY SET FOR FRIDAY

North Reading, MA– Over 100 golfers will be teeing off on Friday in the RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services’ Intercity League Golf Tournament at Hillview Country Club.

This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Bertha Brickley who passed away in 2018. Ms. Brickley was an avid supporter of the ICL. Her sons John, George, Quintin, Matt and Andy were all involved in the ICL while her daughters Lila and Raina were fans of the league. Andy is presently the Boston Bruins’ color analyst on NESN. The ICL is thankful to the Brickley Family for their generosity.

The response has been overwhelming for the first annual tournament according to event chairman Orazio Azzarello. The shotgun start will begin at 9:00 AM with lunch and the awards ceremony to follow.

The event has drawn ICL alumni as well as many present players and fans.

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services, whose connections have long standing ties to the ICL through owner/broker John Veneziano and founder Chuck Andre both of the Andre Chiefs, is the main sponsor for this year’s tournament. The company has offices in Medford and Stoneham.

Other sponsors include Rick DeAngelis of the Lexington Blue Sox, Mike’s Pastry of Medford and the North End, and On Demand Storage, both thanks to James McConville of the Somerville Royals.

Hole and tee sponsors to date include; Umpire-in-chief Joe Cacciatore, the Melrose Americans, Speakeasy Sports Bar, Luke Begley, Bob Iandoli, Rob Zorian of Zorian Bat Company, Mike Kalfopoulus, the Somerville Senators, Universal Screening Studio, the Middlesex Reds, Lucky St. Pierre, Sammy Greenwood, Evan Green, North Shore Acapella, the Melrose Rams, Bob DeFelice, Frank’s Steakhouse, Crack’d Kitchen & Coffee, Walter Bentsen of the Boston Park League, and Bay State Financial.

Registration begins at the Hillview on Friday at 8:00 AM.

RE/MAX ANDREW REALTY TO SPONSOR ICL GOLF TOURNAMENT ON OCTOBER 4

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services will be the sponsor of the 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament that will be held on Friday, October 4 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading, MA.

The company and its connections have long standing ties to the Intercity League through Founder Chuck Andre and Owner/Broker John Veneziano. Both Andre and Veneziano began their ICL careers playing for the Hosmer Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s.

Following their playing days, Andre and Veneziano entered the real estate business in 1986. They took over the Chiefs’ franchise in 1989 and renamed it the Andre Chiefs.

Andre served as Chiefs’ Manager from 1989-2018 while Veneziano has been part of the coaching staff.

The RE/MAX Andrew Realty ICL Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 AM.

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services has offices in Medford and Stoneham.

Intercity League to host Inaugural Golf Tournament Oct. 4

The Intercity Baseball League will host it’s Inaugural Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4 at Hillview Country Club in North Reading. Lunch will be provided after the tournament @ Theresa right next door.

Registration 8am-8:30am

Start time 9:00am

Registration Form: 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament

REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES


ICL TOURNAMENT SPONSOR & 2019 NAMING RIGHTS 

Have the 2019 tournament named for your company or an individual. Includes tournament naming rights for one year, 8 playing spots, 4 carts, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for eight, website recognition and banners at the golf course. COST $2,500
(Only one available)

ICL CHAMPION SPONSOR
Includes 4 playing spots, 2 carts, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for four, website recognition, 2 green or tee box signs & special mention at Awards Presentation. COST: $1,000


ICL PENANT SPONSOR
Includes 2 playing spots, 1 cart, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for two, website recognition, 1 green or tee box sign & special mention at Awards Presentation. COST: $500


GREEN OR TEE BOX SPONSOR
Includes 1 green or tee box sign and website recognition. COST: $100


TEAM FOURSOME
Includes 4 playing spots, 2 carts, driving range, bag check-in and lunch for four. COST: $500


INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT
Includes 1 playing spot, ½ cart, driving range, bag check-in and lunch. COST $125


CURRENT ICL PLAYER
Includes 1 playing spot, ½ cart, driving range, bag check-in and lunch. (Must be on a 2019 ICL Team Roster) COST $100

Please call Orazio Azzarello if interested – 617-839-6843

We accept Check, Cash or Vemno and are working on online registration

Vemno – @intercityleaguebaseball

Download the flyer – 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament Flyer

2019 ICL PLAYOFFS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS

PLAY-IN GAME
Malden Maddogs 7, Somerville Royals 0
(Malden Maddogs get 6th seed)

FIRST ROUND (Best of Three)
#5 ANDRE CHIEFS VS. #4 READING BULLDOGS
G1-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 3
G2-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 1
(Andre Chiefs win series 2-0)

#6 MALDEN MADDOGS VS. #3 WAKEFIELD MERCHANTS
G1-Wakefield Merchants 3, Malden Maddogs 1
G2-Wakefield Merchants 4, Malden Maddogs 1
(Wakefield Merchants win series 2-0)

SEMI-FINALS (Best of Three)
#5 ANDRE CHIEFS VS #1 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
G1- Lexington Blue Sox 1, Andre Chiefs 0
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 9, Andre Chiefs 6
(Lexington Blue Sox win series 2-0)

#3 WAKEFIED MERCHANTS VS #2 ALIBRANDIS
G1- Alibrandis 9, Wakefield Merchants 0
G2- Wakefield Merchants 2, Alibrandis 1 (12 innings)
G3- Alibrandis 4, Wakefield Merchants 3
(Alibrandis wins series 2-1)

ICL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best of Five)
#2 ALIBRANDIS VS #1 LEXINGTON BLUE SOX
G1- Lexington Blue Sox 5, Alibrandis 2
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 6, Alibrandis 2
G3- Alibrandis 8, Lexington Blue Sox 4
G4- Lexington Blue Sox 3, Alibrandis 2
(Lexington wins series 3-1)

Lexington wins its 15th Intercity League Title

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

 

Melrose – John Puttress’ clutch two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth gave Lexington a 3-2 lead. A lead the Blue Sox would hold on to and come home with their 15th Intercity League Championship.

Blue Sox celebrate 2019 title

 

The title was the 11th in the past 13 seasons for Lexington and fifth straight.

The final pitch of the game was a Manny Delcarmen breaking ball that was a called third strike on Juan Parra and the Blue Sox began the celebration.

All of the scoring came within the span of the third and top of the fourth innings.

The winning rally started with two outs and no Blue Sox on base. Richie Burgos received a four pitch walk to initiate the rally. Dom Zaher drove a line drive into center for a single and the Sox had two runners on. Morgan Brown then sent a pitch through the left side of the infield and the bases were loaded. Puttress wasted no time and lined the first pitch into left to drive in Burgos with the tying run and Zaher with the go-ahead run.

This game started off differently than the first three games as neither team scored in the first inning. The Blue Sox had runners on the corners with one out, but a 4-6-3 double play got Alibrandis starter Ryan Corriveau out of trouble. Lexington starter Mike Geannelis pitched a 1-2-3 first inning with two strike outs.

Geannelis had another 1-2-3 inning in the second. In his second inning, Corriveau was again bailed out by a double play, this one with one on and no outs.

In the third the Sox finally got to Corriveau. Brown reached on a bunt single and took second on the throwing error. Puttress sacrificed him to third. A walk to Aaron Barbosa put Sox on the corners with one out. Taylor Ferguson beat out the throw to first as Alibrandis attempted to pull off their third double play and Brown came home with the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead for Lexington.

The Alibrandis came right back in the bottom of the third with their own two-out rally. Number nine hitter Mark Addesa walked to be the first Alibrandis base runner and snap Geannelis’ streak at eight straight outs. Parra walked to put runners on first and second. Michael Maguire and Teddy Dziuba then delivered RBI singles and it was 2-1 Alibrandis.

Corriveau, 1-1, pitched six innings for Alibrandis. After the Puttress single he retired five straight and seven of the last eight batters he faced. For the night he gave up seven hits, walked three, struck out five.

For Geannelis, who improved to 3-0 in the playoffs, it was much of the same. He left a runner stranded at second in the fourth and sixth innings. A 6-4-3 double play ended the fifth inning. His night ended with six innings pitched, four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Winning pitcher Mike Geannelis hoists the Trophy

The Alibrandis Baseball Club joined the Intercity League in 2018, coming over from the Yawkey League. The team had won eight consecutive YBL titles and 17 overall. Last season they reached the semifinals where they were knocked out by Lexington in five games. In 2019 they finished second and received a first-round bye. The team beat Wakefield two games to one in the semifinals to advance to the finals.

Another Intercity League season has come to a close. It was a season in which ICL fans witnessed some outstanding amateur baseball. They saw young players beginning their ICL career and veteran players showing they were naught ready to hang up their cleats. So as the lights go off at Morelli Field for the final time the teams and players of the ICL thank the fans for their support and look forward to seeing everyone in the 2020 season.