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The AAABA Welcomes a New Franchise in 2015!
On March 1, 2015 the AAABA National Board voted unanimously (18-0) to approve the new Boston BASE Astros franchise. The Astros received an automatic bid to compete in the National Tournament in Johnstown in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the franchise will have to compete in a regional tournament in order to advance to Johnstown. Boston franchise representative Jimmy Caruso said "First and foremost we"re real excited to be a part of such a great organization with a great reputation, we're excited about the reputation of the tournament. We want to be competitive."
Caruso emphasized that while baseball is at the center of their program, their mission goes far beyond the field: "With our organization, it's just a culture. We work with a majority of inner-city youth. We are a baseball program, but we realize that what we're doing is much greater than baseball. They're learning life lessons and baseball is almost a way out for them." ESPN baseball guru Peter Gammons had nothing but praise for the Boston based program saying "hands down, the best urban baseball program in America". Click here to view the BASE franchise website www.bostonastros.org
The last franchise to represent the Boston area was the Milford Town Team from Milford, Massachusetts. Milford was a popular AAABA franchise that first competed in the Johnstown national tournament in 1955. A local favorite for Johnstowners over the years, many were disappointed when the franchise became inactive in 2003. Milford won the national tournament title in 1958 and finished runners-up in 1959, 1962 and 1982. Fourteen players from the Milford franchise went on to the Major Leagues including the legendary Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
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|
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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.
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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, R. Carew, A. Kaline, B. Larkin, J. Torre)
6 AAABA players have been named an MLB MVP (R. Carew, 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)
6 AAABA players have been named MLB’s Rookie of the Year (J. Matlack, W. Weiss, R. Carew, 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.