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The 2015 AAABA Kicks Off Monday, August 10th!
The 71st annual AAABA tournament will begin play on Monday, August 10th in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Tournament activities will kick off on Saturday, August 8th with the annual AAABA Hall of Fame Banquet to be held at the Pasquerilla Convention Center in downtown Johnstown. Teams will officially register for the tournament on the morning of Sunday, August 9th at the Holiday Inn (250 Market Street, Johnstown). Sunday evening, all teams will partcipate in the player banquet where AAABA officials will announce the opening day matchups and tournament brackets will be determined.
Opening day games begin Monday morning with all teams playing their first head to head competition. The offical Opening Night Ceremony begins at 7pm at the Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown. After the opening ceremonies, the team representing Johnstown will square off against a visiting franchise to be determined at the player banquet. The tournament is double elimination with the championship game typically held on Saturday, August 15th (unless weather issues force schedule changes).
Opening Night tickets are available prior to the game at the Point Stadium gate and may also be purchased in advance at numerous local Johnstown establishments. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Opening night tickets are $5 and week long Point Stadium passes are also available for $20. The pass grants you admission to all tournament games held at the Point Stadium (with the exception of Opening Night which must be purchased separately). Admission and seating will vary for games being held around the region at fields other than Point Stadium. Most games at the outlying fields are free to the public and there is typically some bleacher seating available and lawn chairs are welcome.
Please click on the "LINKS" button on the left hand side of this page for more information to help plan your visit to Johnstown!
Congratulations to the 2014
Chicago Des Plaines Patriots
on capturing their first AAABA Championship!
Photo courtesy of Brian Varmecky - www.aaabatournament.com
Congratulations to the following 2014 Award Winners
|Sportsmanship Award||Schenectady PNA Eagles|
|MVP||Bronson Wittkamp - Chicago Metro|
|Batting Champion||Brock McGivern - Youngstown|
To view the entire list of former AAABA Players that have advanced to play Major League Baseball click the link below:
This site is dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of AAABA Baseball
The city of Johnstown welcomes you to one of the finest amateur baseball tournaments in the country. Every August, Johnstown transforms into a baseball lovers paradise hosting numerous games from morning to night, every day throughout the week. Johnstown, Pennsylvania has played host to the event for over 60 years and in 1993 was voted the permanent home of the tournament. Johnstown is a special place to be in August... the smell of popcorn and hot dogs fill the air, fathers and sons talking baseball, the crack of the wooden bat, the roar of the crowd, and the booming sounds of cannons firing from the nearby hillside when the home team scores.
There is something special about the atmosphere – its old time baseball at its best. No big dollar contracts or egos here, just kids playing for the love of the game, hustling on every ground ball, and carrying the dream of someday wearing a major league uniform. Its this special atmosphere that has kept fans coming back for generations, not to mention the extraordinary level of talent. Although no official tally exists, over 400 former AAABA players have gone on to play in the major leagues with hundreds of others advancing to the professional level. Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Steve Garvey, Barry Larkin, Joe Torre, John Smoltz, and Manny Ramirez are just a few of the outstanding players that have passed through the AAABA.
2014 OPENING NIGHT
2008 OPENING NIGHT - A RAINBOW HANGS OVER POINT STADIUM
2007 OPENING NIGHT CROWD
AAABA Quick Facts
Over 400 AAABA players have advanced to Major League Baseball
60 AAABA players have been Major League All Stars
5 AAABA players have been elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (R. Jackson, J. Smoltz, A. Kaline, B. Larkin, J. Torre)
5 AAABA players have been named an MLB MVP (B. Larkin, S. Garvey, K. Griffey Jr, J. Torre, R. Jackson)
5 AAABA players have won the Cy Young Award (P. Vuckovich, S. Lyle, O. Hershiser, B. Welch, J. Smoltz)
5 AAABA players have been named MLB’s Rookie of the Year (J. Matlack, W. Weiss, M. Fydrich, T. Sizemore, C. Sabo)
7 AAABA players have been named MLB’s Manager of the Year (B. Showalter, J. Torre, J. Tracy, T. Kelly, J. McKeon, B. Bochy, B. Rodgers)
*The Washington DC, Baltimore, and Detroit franchises have each sent over 60 players to the Major Leagues
*Baltimore has played in 35 championship games and have won 29 AAABA titles, by far the most of any franchise
*Baltimore won a record 6th straight tournament with their 2008 championship
*Host Team Johnstown has participated in every tournemant and has never won the championship
*29 Baltimore players have been named the AAABA MVP
*Roger Bowman’s AAABA Tournament Strike-Out Record of 71 in 27 1/3 innings in 1945 may be one of the most impressive pitching performances of all time and will likely never be broken. Bowman recorded 24 strike outs in one game twice. The next closest to Bowman is 36 K’s held by three individuals.
*Mike Bradley of Chicago posted an amazing .739 batting average in 1989, going an amazing 17 of 23. (tournament record - min. 20 at-bats)
*At Least five former AAABA players have went on to successful careers in the National Football League: Joe Theismann (New Brunswick), Jeff Hostetler (Johnstown), John Stofa (Johnstown), Paul Martha (Pittsburgh), and Tom Yewcic (Johnstown)
*The New Orleans NORD Boosters won the 1984 AAABA chanmpionship fueled by a pitching staff of four future major league players: Wally Whitehurst, Kevin Mmahat, Kirk Bullinger, Jim Bullinger.