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Reading has a long and rich history of baseball excellence in the Greater Boston area and has, over the years, had player participation in every high quality league, including the Intercity League. The “Reading Town Team” was the original entry in the ICL and enjoyed many playoff appearances during the 1960s, including five Finals appearances and a ICL championship in 1967.
Bulldogs Founder and GM, John Halsey, has been a fixture on the Reading baseball scene for 20 years and brings 35 years of coaching and organizational expertise from around the country to the franchise. Halsey has committed significant resources to make the Reading Bulldogs a flagship franchise in the Intercity League and a first class organization, The Bulldogs have been fiercely competitive reaching the post season in each year of their existence including a string of four straight semi-final or “final three” appearances through the 2014 season.
North Field, at Endicott College in Beverly, MA has been the Bulldogs home field since 2013. The state of the art lighted and turfed baseball venue has enabled the Bulldogs to play their home games at times more amenable to the league’s player demographic. For their first three years of existence, Morton Field, the venerable “flagship baseball field” in Reading, served as home for the Bulldogs. It is hoped that in the very near future that the Bulldogs can return to their roots in Reading to what is known now as Morton Field at Pete Moscariello Ballpark once planned lighting is installed at the pristine baseball venue.
As the Bulldogs’ roster fills each season, the players are very excited as they anticipate their summer with the Bulldogs and experiencing high quality baseball on the baseball fields of Greater Boston and the North Shore. The team continues to interview some of the finest current and past collegiate players and seeks those with both a genuine love of the game and a very high level of competitive skill and spirit.
Following a transfer of ownership after the 2004 season, the Medford Mustang franchise, a fixture in the Intercity League for 35 years, was retired. In the Mustangs place arose the Medford Americans. The Americans played their inaugural ICL season during the summer of 2005. Players earning a place on the Americans roster are those who approach and play the game of baseball one way, the American way.
Playing the game the American way means that a player is a winner. A winner who is an exceptional teammate, has fun playing the game, and, who, at all times, respects the game of baseball; running out every grounder to the pitcher and every pop-up, hustling at all times, and being unable to conceive of playing any other way. It means he is a team player who makes a full three month commitment to the Americans, shows up to games, shows up on time and practices like he plays. Further, an American ball player is expected to show the proper respect to umpires and opponents, as well as to fans in attendance at games, and to represent the Americans positively, both on and off the field.
The Americans’ organization is committed to continuing a tradition of baseball excellence in the city of Melrose, Massachusetts. The Americans’ goal is to win championships and to field a team that year in and year out will continue to make a night watching Intercity League baseball being played on Morelli Field in Melrose, MA a can’t miss event for the many loyal fans who follow the team.
The Americans are also committed to providing select players the opportunity to play top-notch amateur baseball during the summer, and challenging those players to improve their skills and baseball intelligence over the course of the Intercity League season.
The owner and manager of the Americans is Kevin Burgoyne, a veteran of twenty-five years as a player in the league and manager of the Medford Intercity League franchise since 1994. Orazio Azzarello, who joined the team as a LHP/CF following his final high school game as captain of the 1995 Medford Mustangs and who continues in an active playing role as a left hander out of the bullpen, serves as the team’s pitching coach.
Fielding a team in the Intercity League comes at substantial cost. The Americans survive on donations from sponsors and any and all are greatly appreciated. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lexington Blue Sox
The Blue Sox have won eleven Intercity League championships, their first in 1998 by a 4 games to 1 margin in a best of 7 game series vs. The Anthony’s Athletics of Malden. Their second championship came in 2002 when they came back from an 0-2 deficit to win the final 3 games in a best of 5 championship series vs. The Gately Rams of Melrose. The final game in 2002 was an impressive 1-0 victory in which Wes Sparks (Southwestern Oklahoma St.) threw a 1 hitter to seal the championship.
In 2004, the Lexington Blue Sox again captured the Intercity League title. The Blue Sox beat the Lowell Braves by dropping game one of the championship and then winning 3 straight games. Jim Clarke went the distance in game 4 to give the Blue Sox the win.
In 2005 the Lexington Blue Sox captured their first back-to-back title with a 3 games to 1 win over Cassell Club!
In 2011 the Blue Sox captured their fifth straight Intercity League title after winning championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
In 2013, the Blue Sox were back on the winners podium with a tough 5 game series vs. the Andre Chiefs.
In 2014, the Blue Sox once again reached the finals but lost to Andre.
In 2015, the Blue Sox won the Intercity League Championship vs. the Andre Chiefs 3-0
The goals of the Blue Sox are simple: Winning championships; developing players, and building lifelong friendships among their players, fans, and supporters. Once a player plays for the Blue Sox, he becomes a part of the organization.
The Blue Sox formula for success is straightforward. We combine top notch current college players with experienced former college and professional players. The collegians learn how to play the game from the veterans and the veterans are energized and motivated by the successes of the college players.
“We provide top notch baseball for our fans and we don’t consider any season a success unless we are in contention for the title”, says Blue Sox manager Rick DeAngelis. “As good as the college players are when they arrive in Lexington at the beginning of each summer, they all leave as better players with improved skills and as better young men. There is always a place for a quality baseball player on the Blue Sox roster.
Arlington is rich in baseball tradition and the newly-founded Arlington Trojans Inter-City League (ICL) Team continues that proud history. Arlington High School holds the Massachusetts record for most consecutive years in the state tournament, and many of its players have been drafted into the professional ranks. Arlington Little League and Babe Ruth continue to be wildly popular. The Inter-City League has brought a tradition of amateur baseball excellence to the Boston area since 1950 by providing college athletes and ex-professionals a competitive summer environment to play ball. This summer’s inaugural Arlington Trojans ICL Team showcases talented, competitive college and amateur baseball players, including many high-profile athletes who will make a big impact on league play from the first inning.
The Arlington Trojans roster will showcase many players from competitive college programs such as Endicott, Gettysburg, Babson, Colby, Suffolk, Southern New Hampshire, Southern Maine, and Assumption. Coach Hart’s goals are to continually field a competitive team, develop his players to compete at the professional level, and to provide a competitive team experience for former professional players who still have the burning desire to compete.
The Trojans’ home park—Summer Street Field in Arlington, is referred to by some as the “pearl of the north shore.” This field has been synonymous with Arlington baseball for years and the Trojans expect to continue this tradition of great baseball under the lights of Summer Street on many warm summer nights to come. As actively-engaged members of the Arlington baseball community, The Trojans will maintain and upgrade the playing field during the season, and provide free clinics for youth players to further motivate kids to pursue the joy of playing baseball.Rosters for all ICL teams are still open. If you are interested in playing for the Trojans, contact Coach Hart or Eddie McDonald at Arlingtontrojans@yahoo.com
The Franchise– The Chiefs franchise carries a winning percentage of almost .700 over the 2,900 games they have played over seven decades. The franchise has won 19 League Championships. Thirteen of those came when they were known as the Hosmer Chiefs and the last six were won under the name of the Andre Chiefs. In 1966, the Chiefs were named as the top semi-professional team in America. From 1957-2018, they have had only five managers, Ernie Ardolino (1957-1960), Lenny Dempsey (1961-1967), Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981), Bob DeFelice (1982-1984) Chuck Andre 1989-2018. The franchise was named as the “Team of the Decade” for the 1960’s, 1970’s & 1990’s.
Chuck Andre-President & General Manager (Boston College) Chuck completed his 28th year as manager in 2018. He steps away from the dugout in 2019 to focus on the Chiefs’ General Manager duties. Since 1989, he has a career managerial record of 659-365-69, piloted the club to 25 playoff appearances, 10 regular season pennants, and six Intercity League Championships. He won his 600th career game in June of 2016. A former right-handed pitcher, Andre played for the Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s. He has missed the ICL postseason just three times as a player or manager in 36 Intercity League seasons. He was inducted into the Medford High School Hall of Fame in 1995.
Steve Gambale- Manager (University of Maine) Steve begins his first season as the Chiefs’ Manager in 2019. Retired as player in 2017. He has been with the organization for nearly two decades, earning the starting shortstop position right out of Medford High School in 2000. After spending a number of seasons on the Medford High Coaching Staff, he now doubles as an assistant coach at Central Catholic in the Spring. Played his college baseball for the University of Maine Black Bears.
Nick Leva (Southern New Hampshire)
Tim Dunphy (Brandeis University)
Tony Serino (UMass-Amherst)
The Chiefs organization suffered a major loss in April of 2017 with the passing of longtime Bench Coach Steve Calabresi.
The Tradition– The Chiefs baseball tradition runs deep, as sons have followed their fathers and grandfathers in wearing the uniform. Over the years, playing for the Chiefs became a sandlot baseball fantasy place where batboys became players, ball boys became major league pitchers, and many became baseball legends. As former manager Joe O’Donnell (1968-1981) said at a Chiefs reunion banquet, “once a Chief, always a Chief.” Still today, Chiefs’ players from decades gone by return to watch their team play. There always seems to be a former Chief or two in the crowd.
Alumni– Through the years, Chiefs mystique, championships, and professionalism, has remained constant. Almost 600 semi-professional ballplayers at one time or another have worn the Chiefs uniform. It is estimated that over 120 of those players at some point signed a professional baseball contract. Two former Chiefs have even appeared in the World Series, Mike Pagliarulo with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and Kevin McGlinchy with the Atlanta Braves in 1999. Pagliarulo returned to Chiefs as a member of the 2016 Coaching Staff before being named Hitting Coach of the Miami Marlins prior to the 2017 season.
Maplewood Park at Malden Catholic Located in Malden, Massachusetts– The Chiefs play their night games on the artificial surface of Maplewood Park that is located on the campus of Malden Catholic.
Pine Banks Park, Melrose, Massachusetts– The Chiefs also play some games at Pine Banks which is located on the Melrose-Malden line.
Record Book– The Chiefs have had three of the last seven ICL MVP’s. Jeff Bercume (2012), Jared Freni (2013) and Johnny Welch (2014). They also have bragging rights to two of the all-time winning pitchers in ICL history, Fred Knox (1957-1973) and Dave Marsters (1989-2008), who both recorded over 110 career ICL victories. Former Cleveland Indian outfielder Justin Crisafulli is the career home run leader with 91, hit leader with 567, and RBI leader with 417. For a complete history of the Chiefs franchise visit our website at www.AndreChiefs.com and click on the “Chiefs History” tab. The Chiefs continue to develop young talent from the college level and at the same time showcase players with professional baseball experience. For information e-mail AndreChiefs@aol.com or visit the Chiefs popular website at www.AndreChiefs.com
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