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1-The Braves (10-3) finished 1st in the regular season
2-The Bergen Yankees (4-0) again, won the (A) Playoff, the Giants (3-1), again won the (B) Playoffs
3-The Reds (7-1) won the Fall League
4- The Isotopes (7-1) won the Cooperstown Tournament for the 2nd time
5- The Oakland Rangers won the Labor Day Tournament, at Dutchess Stadium
6- The Braves won the Boulders Tournament, behind Mark Van Overloop's 9-inning complete game win, 10-4, in the first game and Roger Lope won the second game 8-7 in relief.
10/21/17, 2017- 50-50 (-50)
1-In April, Mark Van Overloop pitched his 50th 9-inning complete game win
2-In October, Mark Van Overloop won his 50th 1st place/Championship-he now has been on 25 tournament winners, 20 1st place finishers, and 5 playoff champs
3-50 years ago, 1967, was Mark VO's 1st year as a pitcher. He pitched for a Park Ridge Babe Ruth League Team on the same Sulak Field we are playing on now, and finished the season with a 5-2 pitching record
1-FATHER'S DAY, 2017
Brooks Van Overloop, the 6th pitcher in the family.
The first pitcher in the Van Overloop Family is Mark, 1967 Park Ridge Babe Ruth League, and 1990–present (Adult Baseball).
The second pitcher was Ed (Mark's Father)–1969, softball.
The third pitcher was Lori (Mark's Sister)–1970s Park Ridge H.S. & 1980s Rec Leagues
The fourth pitcher was Tim (Mark's son): 1989–1997 Rec Leagues & 1998–1999 Park Ridge H.S.
The fifth pitcher ws Amy (Mark's Daughter): 1997–2003 Rec Leagues & 2001– 2004 Park Ridge H.S.
Twice in 1998 and 1999, Amy, Tim and Mark all pitched games in the same day!
The 6th Pitcher is Brooks (Marks oldest Grandson)–2017 Suffern Little League.
STILL HIS FAVORITE, 56 YEARS LATER
On Sept-14th, 1961–Mark Van Overloop wrote an essay for 5th grad. In his essay Mrk wrote 'Baseball is my favorite sport. I enjoy playing the game and would like to join the Little League next spring. I like to listen and watch the major league games and study the players and the game scores'. The following spring, 1962, Mark did join and play little league baseball for the first time. 56 years later baseball is still Mark's favorite, he still plays baseball (at the same fields, Sulak, Lane, Parkridge-where he started playing in 1962!), and he is still a big fan of MLB.
3-THE GOOD LUCK CHARM=MARK VAN OVERLOOP
On 12/4/16, Mark went to Foxboro, Mass. to see his favorite NFL team play, at home. 2/5 exactly 2 months (and one day) later, the greatest QB of all-time (and Mark's favorite player), Tom Brady, leads the Patriots to 31 second half points to overcome a 25 point deficit to win the first overtime Super Bowl (as Brady won his record 5th Super Bowl, and ring). This after, on 9/2/16, Mark went to Wrigley to see his favorite MLB team play, at home. Exactly 2 months later, 11/2, the Chicago Cubs won the 7th game in the 10th inning, to win their first World Series Championship in 108 years!! What a year, 2016, for Mark the fan and his two favorite teams.
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AAA-Mets, (15-0) went undefeated,12-0 in the season and 3-0 in the Playoffs.
AA-North- The Tigers won the season (13-1) and the Playofffs (3-1).
AA- South- The Braves won the season at 11-3, while the Bergen Yankees won the Playoffs 4-0.
A- The Giants won the season (10-3) and the Playoffs (3-1).
The 11-2 Pirates won the season, while the Dodgers (2-0) won the Playoffs..
The 9-1 R.V. Nationals won the Fall Sunday League, again.
4-FALL NIGHT LEAGUE
The Dodgers won the season at 6-2.
Our first Canadian Team,the Mudhens, won the tournament with a 7-0 record.
6- BOULDERS STADIUM
The Braves won both games of the tournament - they won the first game 11-6 with Mark Van Overloop pitching the complete game victory - and the second game, 19-13, with Matt Ercole notching the complete game win.
7- 1966 - 50 YEARS AGO
Mark Van Overloop first began playing ay our Sulak Field.
8- MARK VAN OVERLOOP GOES TO SEE HIS FIRST GAME AT WRIGLEY FIELD
and two months later his favorite MLB team (as a youth and again now) - the Chicago Cubs, win the World Series!!!
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AAA-Mets, AA-North-Newark Pirates, AA-South-Closter A's and A-Passaic Oriolesall finished in 1st
place for the regular season and then won the Playoff Championship in their respective league.
The Pirates finished first in the 'season, and won the playoff championship in their respective divisions.
3-FALL SUNDAY LEAGUE
The Nationals finished first in the 'season,and won the playoff championshipseason, and
won the Playoff Championship.
4-FALL NIGHT LEAGUE
The Wayne Dodgers finished first and won the Playoff.
5-MEMORIAL DAY-YOGI BERRA STADIUM TOURNAMENT
The Braves won the first game as Mark Van Overloop pitched a 9-inning complete game,11-6 victory. The Braves Tom Durkin hurled his 9-inning complete game' 5-2, in the second game win. Hitting stars were Mike Martino (5 hits), as Matt Herman, Rich Durso, Bill Steele, and Charlie Giordiano collected 3 hits apiece.
The N.Y. Isotopes (forerly the Rockies) won the tournament with a 5-1-1 record.
7-LABOR DAY-NEW TURF FIELD AT HUDSON VALLEY STADIUM
The Red Sox won the tourney with 9-4 and 12-6 victories.
8- BEAUTIFUL BOULDERS (PNC PARK) STADIUM
Mark Van Overloop was the winning pitcher in the Braves 1st game18-2 victory. Tom Durkin waas the winner in the Braves 10-3 second game triumph. Andy Rich (6 hits), Ric Acosta (5 hits), Steve Penzio and Rich Durso (4 hits) were the stars.
9-MARK VAN OVERLOOP HAS JUST FINISHED HIS 50th YEAR OF PLAYING BALL
(26 years of mens's baseball and 19 years of softball + 5 years of youth baseball.) WOW.(congrats to Mark from your webmaster)
10-AL BRACUTI HIT HIS 56TH HOME RUN TO SET NEWLEAGUE CAREER HOME RUN
RECORD - the previous mark was 55 set by Mark Cieslak in 2004.
June 20, 2015
John Van Overloop
Tim and Cristin Van Overloop announce the birth of their 3rd son, John - Mark's 3rd grandson. The couple's other sons are Brooks, 6, and Henry, 3.
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December 20, 2014-Our confirmed Cooperstown dates for 2015 are August 10-13
Braves win 3rd Annual Boulders Stadium Tournament
In the first game, the Braves won 17-0 behind Mark Van Overloop's 10th Career shutout (2nd career 9th-inning shutout), while giving up just 3 hits. In the second game, the Braves won 10-0, with Tom Durkin also thowing a 3-hit shutout. Both Braves hurlers were supported by numerous fielding gems by 3rd baseman Rick Rex, shortstop Richie Durso, 2nd baseman Billy Mathews, and 1st baseman Rick Acosta.
On offense, leading the Braves hits parade
were Billy Matthews with 6 hits, Rick Rex (5), Mike Martino (5), Rick Acosta (4), Richie Durso (3), Bill Steele (3), Matt Herman (3), Mark Anderson (3), Van Overloop (2), and Durkin (2).
10/12/ 14-The 5000th 'ALOOO' game was scheduled to be played in our 20 year history (1995-2014).
7/27/14-Playing in his 25th year (1990-2014) of adult hardball, Mark Van Overloop collected his 350th pitching win.
Buffalo Knights win ALOOO Cooperstown Tournament
For the 4th year in a row (2011-2014), the Buffalo Knights won our Cooperstown Tournament, with a 6-1 record.
Alooo's Braves finished 2nd with a 5-2-1 mark. The Braves pitching staff was led by Mark Van Overloop (2 wins and 21 2/3 innings pitched), Rick Rex (2 wins and 20 innings) and Frank Barbara (one win).
The Braves offensive hit parade was spearheaded by Rex (.464, 13 hits and 6 runs), Rich Durso (.429, 12 hits, 10 RBI, 5 doubles and 6 runs), Ken Waldren (.407, 11 hits and 8 runs. Bill Matthews (.345, 10 hits, 10 runs and 5 doubles and Mark Anderson (.500, 5 runs, 5 RBI and 2 home runs). Jerry Waldron (8hits + 5 RBI), Scott Weinstein (7 hits), Glenn Hydock (7 hits), and Van Overloop (6 hits) chipped in to the Braves attack.
Timothy M. Van Overloop Promoted to FDNY Lieutenant
7/24/2014 - Tim Van Overloop graduated-Park Ridge H.S.in 1999, Fordham University in 2003, and the FDNY training program in 2005. Tim is the father of 2 sons-Brooks (5) and Henry (2). Tim's father, Mark, also graduated Park Ridge High (1969) and Fordham U. (1973).
ALOOO Players lead team to win tournament at Brooklyn Cyclones Stadium
in Coney Island
On 7/14/2014 the Yankees, with 6 ALOOO players, team was managed by Tom Dixon-the event organizer. The Yanks won their first game, 6-4, with mark Van Overloop pitching a 9-inning complete game for the win. Van Overloop has now been a winning pitcher at 5 professional stadiums-Doubleday Field, Yogi Berra Stadium, Hudson Valley Renegdes Stadium, Boulders Stadium, and now Brooklyn Cyclones/Coney Island Stadium. The Yankees rallied in the last inning to win the champioship game 5-6.
Leading the Yankees hitters were Dixon (4 hits), Bill Steele (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI and 2 doubles), 20 year ALOOO veteran-Jerry Camhy (3 hits), Bill Matthews (2 hits, 2 runs) and Ken Waldron (3 hits, 2 runs). The turf field made for a fine venue and a good time was had by all.
1- LUCKY 7 –Players who have played in all 20 YEARS OF ALOOO
* Joe Peluso-Angels
Steve Choromanski-WW. Yankees
* Mark Van Overloop-Braves/Orioles
* The only 2 players to play full time - in all 20 Spring/Summer League seasons - 2014 IS THE 20th YEAR of ALOOO
2- First Father/Son –
The Royals' Bucky & Tom Rehain are the first father and son to play together in ALOOO
3- Mark Van Overloop has now played in:
20 years of ALOOO
25 years of adult baseball
30 years (lifetime) of organized baseball
RELEASE: NOVEMBER 24, 2013
"OUR ALOOO COOPERSTOWN DATES FOR 2014 ARE AUGUST 11-14
1- Bergen Yankees I won the "AAA" Regular Season, (15-1-1), while the Mets won the "AAA" Playoffs-for the 2nd time in 3 years (and 2011).
2- The Angels, led by manager Bob McGarry's 11-0 pitching mark, won the "AA" Regular Season (15-1), while the Bergen Cardinals (led by 2nd year manager Chris Palesky) won the "AA" Playoffs.
3- The Braves won the "A" Regular Season (11-6), while the Closter "A's won the "A" Playoffs.
4- The Rangers (9-2), led by pitcher/manager Rick Rex, won the Fall Sunday League.
5- The 6-0 Westchester Atheletics won the Fall Night League and remained unbeaten in 21 games in our 2 night leagues, in 2013. The first undefeated Fall Night League team (7-0) was the 2009 Orioles managed by Mark Van Overloop.
6- Bucky Rehain, 70 years young, won 16 games for the Bergen Royals in 2013-7 in the Summer Sunday League and 9 more in the Fall Sunday League.
RELEASE: AUGUST 11, 2013
BUFFALO KNIGHTS WIN ALOOO COOPERSTOWN TOURNAMENT FOR THE 4TH TIME –
4 teams have won the tournament multiple times:
1- The Buffalo Knights, managed by Ken Adams, won our Cooperstown Tournament for the 3rd year in a row and their 4th time overall – 2005, 2011 (6-0-1), 2012 (8-0), 2013.
2- The Philadelphia Phillies, managed by Fran Kamon, were the first team to win the Tournament 4 times – 2001, 2002 (7-0), 2003, and 2004.
3- The ALOOO/NJ Orioles, managed by Mark Van Overloop, won our Tournament 3 time – 2004 (4-0), 2006, and 2008.
4- The N.Y. Rockies, managed by John Brogan, won the Tournament twice – going 8-0 in both 2009 and 2010
Night Leagues Westchester Atheletics Go 15-0!
The Westchester Athletics, managed by Ralph Haas, became the first team in the ALOO's 19 year history to go undefeated for a total season (regular season plus playoffs combined). The Atheletics went 13-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the Playoffs. There have been 3 teams, with just one loss for a total season:
1- The 2008 Night League Orioles, managed by Mark Van Overloop, won their first 14 regular season gammes in a row, then lost their season finale to finish 14-1. They then swept their 2 Playoff games to finish with a 16-1 total record. Their 14 regular season and 16 total season victories remain the most in Night League history.
2- The 2003 Sunday League Diamondbacks, managed by Steve Flandreau and Rob Ramasco, won their first 12 regular season games, lost a game, then won their last 4 to finish 16-1. They then swept their 4 Playoff games to finish with a 20-1 total record, still the most wins ever in a total season.
3- The 2005 Ridgewood Giants, managed by Dale Fenstermacher, finished with an 18-0 record - the only undefeated regular season team in Sunday League history. They won their first Playoff game to go 19-0, but tied and lost their last 2 Playoff games to finish 19-1-1.
RELEASE: NOVEMBER 18, 2012
1- Bergen Yankees I won the 'AAA' reguar season (14-2) and then went on to win the 'AAA' Playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years (2010).
2- Closter A's (14-3) won the 'AA' regular season and the 'AA' playoffs.
3- River Vale Nationals (11-4) won the 'A' regular season and the 'A' playoffs.
4- The Pirates were the Summer Night League playoff champions.
5- The N.Y. Highlanders won the Summer Night League regular season and were the Fall Night League champs
6- The Bergen Royals (9-1-1) finished 1st in the Fall Sunday League.
7- George Stix (Red Sox) pitched a no-hitter on October 14th.
8- Mark Van Overloop-won his 300th game as a starting pitcher on July 19th (for the Orioles) and won his 300th game pitching in 'A League of Our Own' on Sept. 16th (for the Braves).
RELEASE: OCTOBER 27, 2012
2 'ALOOO' Teams Play at New (2011) Boulders Stadium/
Provident Bank Park in Nearby Pomona, N.Y.
This is a great new venue that we plan to play at again, in 2013 and beyond.
The Braves/Orioles played the Marlins (combined Marlins I and II teams) in a doubleheader. In the first game, the Braves were led by Mark Van Overloop's (his 40th career 9-inning pitching win) 9-inning complete game victory, with a 11-4 final score. The Braves big hitters were Billy Matthews (2 runs + 2 hits), Jeff Kamrowski (3 hits and 3 RBI), Vin Scotto (2 runs, 4 hits, 3 steals, + 2 RBI), and Van Overloop's (3 runs + 2 hits) and John Ross (2 hits).
The second game ended up a 10-10 tie with the Marlins scoring twice in the top of the 9th, then the Braves scored 3 times in the bottom of the inning to earn the tie. The Braves offensive attack was led by Matthews (4 runs, 5 hits, and 2 steals), Kamrowski (3 runs, 4 hits, 2 steals + 2 RBI), Bill Steele (4 hits and 5 RBI), Ross (2 hits) and Tom Durkin (2 hits). A good time was had by all on this warm dry fall day.
All 4 ALOOO Stadium Tournaments (Yoggi Berra Stadium, Cooperstown, Hudson Valley Stadium, and now Boulders Stadium) welcome all ALOOO players, as individual players or teams.
RELEASE: MAY 6, 2012
The Year of The Shutout
60 year old Mark Van Overloop (Braves) hurled his 9th career shutout today. So far this year, there have been 8 shutouts thrown in the Sunday League (3 by the Bergen Yankees I, 2 by the Mets and one each by the Red Sox, Red, and Braves) compared to just 2 in the same period last year.
RELEASE: MAY 6, 2012
4000th Scheduled Game
So far up to this point in our leagues 18th year, Mark Van Overloop has scheduled over 4000 games for the leagues players and teams.
RELEASE: OCTOBER 23, 2011
Mark Van Overloop gets his 10,000 batter out as he pitched his 3,333 1/3 inning (1990-2011)
RELEASE: AUGUST 27, 2011
2011-Sunday League Champions
AAA- The Mets finished first with a 12-3 record. The Bergen A's had the same record but ended up in second place due to the tie breaker. The Mets then went 4-0 in the playoffs, beating the Bergen A's in both games of the final round. Martin Rivas led the Mets pitchers with 10 wins, while Fredddy Pagan won four and Ken Post, 2. Balbuena and Fremio paced the team with four homers apeice.
AA- The Mahwah Dodgers finished first with a 11-4 record, including going 5-3 versus the 8 'AAA' teams. Then the Dodgers went 2-0 to win their playoffs. Warren Clark won 8 games and manager Bob Skoblar-5, for the Dodgers.
A- The Park Ridge Braves went 13-2 to finish first and then went 2-0 to win their playoffs, too. Braves pitchers were Tom Durkin (7 wins), Mark Van Overloop (5 wins) and John Ross (3 wins). Manager/shortstop Rich Durso led Braves batters with a .431 batting average, .507 on base %, 25 hits, 7 doubles, 20 runs (tied with Matt Ercole) and 22 RBI. Finishing as runner-ups for the Braves were Phil Schoch (.400 Bat. avg. and .500 on base), Bill Matthews (23 hits), John Ross (5 doubles) and Rocky Panetta (18 RBI).
RELEASE: AUGUST 15, 2011
Salute to the swinging 60's, the big 6-0
Mark van Overloop turned 60 on August 15th.
(1995 was Aloo's Inaugural Season)
Listed below are the 25 active players, playing in 2011 at 60 years old or older:
60- Mark Van Overloop* (Orioles)-active since 1995, Greg Mountain* (Indians)-active since 1995, Jim Clouse (Giants)
61- Bob McGarry* (Angels)-active since 1995, Gerry Camhy (Rockies)-active since 1995, Pete Kuchta (Yankees), Steve Bauer (Dodgers)
62- Charlie Lang (Yankees), Bill Giaimo (Indians), Fred Staniewicz (Rockies), Jaimie Rivera (Yankees), Mike Chianelli (Giants), Charlie Green (Yankees), Ray Carela (Pirates)
63- Kieth Honeywell* (Cardinals), Mel Slotnick (Rockies), Paul Garbaccio (Mets II), Marty Cornetto (Royals)
64- John Kochan* (Rockies)-active since 1995, John Coughlin (Marlins)
67- Doug Van Horn (Dodgers)
68- Bucky Rehain* (Royals), Paul Sabina (Royals)
73- George Preston (Giants)
74- Ron Weiss (Braves)
* Van Overloop, Mountain, McGarry, Honeywell, Kochan and Rehain are starting pitchers.
Henry Van Overloop, Mark's second grandson is born on *9-1-2011*
ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME
RELEASE: JANUARY 16, 2011
INDUCTEES FOR 2011
The 'Hall of Fame'
Inductees for 2011 are now posted. The list
includes Joe Peluso, Ted Miesten, Joe Henry,
Jim Slack, Rich Durso, Jack Deveraux, and
Doug Randall. Click
here to view.
RELEASE: NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Overloop Pitches His 300th Win
In his men's baseball
career, spanning 21 years (1990-2010), Mark
has accumulated 3,215 innings pitched, a
300-140 won-loss record (.682 winning %),
810 strikeouts, 621 games pitched, 499 games
started, 181 complete games, and 179 quality
starts, 37 nine inning cg. wins, 8 shutouts,
and 8 years with 20 wins.
Bob McGarry (Angels) won
his 100th (verified) A League of Our Own
pitching victory in April 2010.
RELEASE: AUGUST 31, 2010
Overloop Won His 500th Game As A Manager
As of 11-14-10, Mark has a
record of 510 wins-345 losses (.596 winning
%) over his 19-year (1992-2010) men's
baseball managerial career.
In the 16-year history of
ALOOO (1995-2010), Mark has managed 30 teams
to first place Championship finishes -
including 14 teams in the regular season, 13
teams in tournaments and 3 playoff teams.
Tony Craparo of the Bergen
A's gained his 400th managerial win in June
2010, over his 21 years (1990-2010) as
RELEASE: NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Win Their 4th Fall Sunday League Title
The Orioles, managed by
Mark Van Overloop, have won the Fall League
in 1996, 1999 (9-0), 2004 and 2010. The
Orioles pitchers were led by Mark (4-0 and
1.50 E.R.A.) and Tom Lynch (3 wins and 3.27
RELEASE: AUGUST 2010
Win Their 6th Night League Title
These Orioles, also
managed by Mark Van Overloop have won the
night league in 1998, 1999, 2001 (11-1),
2002 (11-1), 2008 (14-1) and 2010.
The Waldwick Yankees won
the Fall Night League. They also finished
with the same records as the Sunday Fall
Champ Orioles and the Sunday Summer 'A'
Division 1st Place Rockies, but lost out on
tie-breakers in both cases.
The Bergen Yankees won the
Sunday Summer League Playoffs and won their
division in a recent Florida tournament.
Win Their 4th Memorial Day Tournament
The Orioles have won our
Memorial Day Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008,
and 2010 (the last 2 times at Yogi Berra
RELEASE: MAY 30, 2010
Plus Win ALOOO Memorial Day Tournament at
Yogi Berra Stadium
The Orioles Plus Team won
both their games to win the tournament with
a 2-0 mark. The Orioles won their first
game, versus the Wayne Mets, as Orioles
Manager Mark Van Overloop pitched the 6-2
complete game victory. In the second game,
Dave Schmidt pitched the first 6 innings
while his brother Chris Schmidt, pitched the
seventh inning in the 3-1 win over the
Hudson Valley Rockies. In the doubleheader,
Rocky Panetta led the Oriole's hitters with
3 hits, while Van Overloop (2 RBI), Tom
Mergolla and Emilio Cruz each had 2 hits.
The Rockies and the Passaic Yankees each won
one game, on this sunny, beautiful day for
RELEASE: MAY 27, 2010
City Firefighter Tim Van Overloop Leaves
Hospital After a 17-Day Stay at NY
New York City Firefighter
Tim Van Overloop leaves hospital after a
17-day stay at N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital.
F.D.N.Y. Firefighter Tim Van Overloop left
the hospital and returned home today. On May
11th, fighting a 2-story building fire in
the Bronx, Tim suffered 2nd and 3rd degree
burns on both legs from his toes up to his
knees. On May 21st, he had successful skin
graft surgery on both legs.
Mark would like to
sincerely thank all the dozens of League
members who called, expressed concern, asked
about and prayed for his son's recovery.
Thank you all.
RELEASE: APRIL 18, 2010
Original - Iron Man - Joe Mc Ginnity
of Fame pitcher Joe McGinnity earned his nickname the "Iron
Man." In his 26-year pro career, 'Iron Man' Joe McGinnity
pitched 9 complete Doubleheaders (All 18 innings). In his
10-year Major League career, the 'Iron Man' hurled 5 complete
twin bills - including 3 sweeps (winning both games himself) in
one month - August 1903! During his 16-year Minor League career,
'Iron Man' McGinnity threw 4 more complete Doubleheaders,
including 3 more sweeps, the last one coming
in May 1917 (click
link to view the entire article in the
RELEASE: FEBRUARY 7, 2010
FAME POSITION PLAYERS RANKED - (IN ORDER
BEST TO WORST)
link to view the entire article in the
articles section) Hall of Fame Position
Players ranked (in order best to worst) into
3 categories, based on 4-5 comprehensive
(includes batting, fielding, and running)
FAME PITCHERS RANKED IN ORDER
link to view the entire article in the
articles section) Hall of Fame Pitchers
ranked in order, divided into 4 categories,
based on compilations (averaging) of 4
comprehensive statistical ratings.
RELEASE: DECEMBER 31, 2009
ALOOO COOPERSTOWN TOURNAMENT DATES ANNOUNCED
2010 ALOOO Cooperstown
Tournament dates announced - Monday, August
16th thru Thursday, August 19th (4 days/8
RELEASE: DECEMBER 13, 2009
RED SOX (AND OWNER HARRY FRAZEE) AND THE
'BLACK SOX' (OF CHARLIE COMISKEY AND HIS '8
MEN OUT') DISMANTLED THEIR TEAMS AND STARTED
THE N.Y. YANKEE DYNASTY 15 YEARS EARLY
Heading into the 1920s the
2 dominant teams in baseball were the Boston
Red Sox (World Series Winners in 1915, 1916
and 1918) and the Chicago White Sox (who won
the 1917 World Series and then whose ĪBlack
Soxā lost/threw the 1919 World Series).
Between July 1919 and January 1923 the Red
Sox Frazee sold/traded to the Yankees not
only Babe Ruth (who as a Yankee became the
greatest hitter ever) but also Bostonās 5
top starting pitchers (Carl Mays, Joe Bush,
Sam Jones and future Hall of Famerās Waite
Hoyt and Herb Pennock), plus starters
catcher Wally Schang, shortstop Everett
Scott and third baseman Joe Dugan. Even the
Red (1918-20) Sox Manager Ed Barrow left to
become Yankee general manager in 1921.
In late September, 1920,
with the White Sox only ø game out of 1st place with a week to go, Charlie Comiskey
suspended, and commissioner Keensaw Mountain
Landis banned for life, the infamous Ī8 Men
Outā (who threw the previous World Series to
the Cincinnati Reds) who included 2 (Ed
Cicotte and Lefty Williams) of the White Sox
top 4 pitchers plus starters ö shortstop
Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver,
centerfielder Happy Felsh and leftfielder
ĪShoelessā Joe Jackson (with the 3rd
highest batting average of all-time .356 and
who is the best retired player not in the
Hall of Fame.
With the two powerhouse
Sox teams decimated by each losing 6-9
talented starting players/pitchers, it
opened the door wide open for the Yankees to
win their first ever Pennant in 1921, repeat
in 1922 and then capture their first World
Series Championship in 1923 without
obtaining Babe Ruth (and his 659 home runs
as a Yankee) and their 5 top starting
pitchers (won combined for 521 wins and 8-20
win seasons in New York) from the Red Sox,
and without Chicago having their 8 Black Sox
banned for the rest of their careers, it is
extremely likely that the Yankees would have
waited 15 more years, until their 1936-39
Juggernaut teams, to win their first A.L.
Pennant and first World Series.
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RELEASE: OCTOBER 30, 2009
2009 ORIOLES (FALL
NIGHT LEAGUE) AND ROCKIES (COOPERSTOWN) JOIN
The 2009 Fall Night League
Orioles pitchers were led by Manager Mark
Van Overloop 4-0 (3 quality starts) and
Frank Barbara 2-0 (2.72 E.R.A.). The leading
Oriole batters were Warren Clark (.588 + 10
hits), Kevin Smith (.474, .643 on base + 10
RBI) and Greg Gibson (.455 + 10 Hits). Roger
Lope who led with 15 Runs + 14 RBI, and Rob
Cifelli, both batted .333.
The '09 Rockland Rockies,
managed by John Brogan, became the first
team to go 8-0 in a ALOOO Cooperstown
The 7 teams to go 7-0 in
LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT
NUMBER OF TEAMS
GAMES ON SCHEDULE
Sundays - Spring/Summer
18 (2 Forfeits)
Mark Van Overloop
Fall - Sundays
Fall - Sundays
Mark Van Overloop
Fall - Nights
8 (Forfeit and Rain Out)
8 (Rain Out)
Fall - Sundays
10 (Went To Florida Tourney)
RELEASE: OCTOBER 11, 2009
TIMOTHY VAN OVERLOOP
WEDS CRISTIN MC KENNA
Timothy Van Overloop and
Cristin McKenna were married on October 11th
at Highlands Country Club in Garrison, New
The bride is the daughter
of Richard and Carol McKenna of Putnam
Valley, N.Y. She received a Masters Degree
in Physical Education from Manhattanville
College and teaches at the St. Baptise
Catholic Girls School in Manhattan.
The groom is the son of
Mark Van Overloop. He, like Mark, graduated
from Park Ridge High School and Fordham
University. Tim is a FDNY Firefighter in the
Bronx and is the owner/operator of
N.M.P. Water Systems, specializing in
water purification and filtration systems.
The couple and their son
Brooks, reside in Suffern, New York.
RELEASE: JULY 12, 2009
ALOOO TEAM WINS 2009
CENTRAL PARK TOURNAMENT WITH 5-0 MARK
An 'ALOOO' Team, comprised
of 5 Pass. Cardinals, 4 H.V. Rockies, 3
Orioles and John McCann's nephew Justin, won
the 3rd Annual 6-Team P.A.T.P. Central Park
Tournament, by winning all five of their
The Team's pitching staff
was led by 2 Orioles - Mark Van Overloop was
2-0 with a 1.80 E.R.A. while Keith Honeywell
was also 2-0 (winning both of Friday's games
- one as a reliever and one as a starter)
and two Cardinals - Roger Lope won his start
and got the save in the final game while
John Luciano saved one game and held the
lead in the final game. Van Overloop was the
starting and winning pitcher in the fifth
and final game for the Tournament
Championship, with Luciano and Lope
providing excellent relief.
The Defensive star of the
team was Manager John McCann's nephew
Justin, who played a superb shortstop to aid
our pitchers time and again.
The Hitting stars were
Honeywell (.600 Bat. Avg., 5 runs and 11
times on base), Justin (.357, 5 runs, 4
steals, 7 RBI) and Frank Higgins (.571 and 8
hits). Also batting over .300 for the team
were Elton Clarke (.417), Luciano (.400),
Manny Flietes (.333, 3 doubles), Gerry Camhy
(.308), Mel Slotnick (.308) and McCann
(.333). Also aiding the team in the field
and at bat were centerfielder Steve Hanks
and infielder Kevin Smith.
RELEASE: JANUARY 25, 2009
ALOOO HALL OF FAMERS
FROM OUR LEAGUE'S FIRST YEAR - 1995
Stats just posted on the
Hall of Fame section of the website.
Click here to view
RELEASE: JANUARY 25, 2009
BEST ALL-TIME MLB,
HITTERS, AT EACH POSITION, AND PITCHERS &
WORST HALL OF FAMERS, HITTERS AT EACH
POSITION, AND PITCHERS
Article just posted in the
articles section of A League of Our Own
Click here to view article.
RELEASE: JANUARY 25, 2009
NEW FOR 2009 - OVER 50
LEAGUE ON SATURDAYS, MEMORIAL DAY TOURAMENT
AT YOGI BERRA STADIUM AND COOPERSTOWN
NEW FOR 2009!
1)OVER 50 LEAGUE ON SATURDAYS AND
2)MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT: MAY 24, 2009
3)COOPERSTOWN TOURNAMENT: AUGUST 17-20, 2009
- OVER 50 LEAGUE GAMES
WOULD BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS -
Giving players a choice of playing Over 50
on Saturdays or Over 40 on Sundays or
both. We have one field already, which is
right off Route 17, just past the
intersection of Routes 87 & 287. I would
like to get 48 players (4 teams) or 36
players (3 teams) at least to start.
To register send a
$100 deposit check (to show serious
interest and which would be transferable
toward fees for any other league or
tournament offered) and/or call
201-391-2548 to sign up.
Our annual Memorial Day
Tournament will take place on Sunday, May
24, 2009 at Yogi Berra Stadium,
doubleheader. Fees for 2 games each is
Cooperstown Tournament dates for next
summer are Monday, August 17th thru
Thursday, August 20th. Fees for 8 games/4
days will be $379. All teams/players will
play at least one game daily on Doubleday
RELEASE: OCTOBER 31, 2008
HUDSON VALLEY ROCKIES
AND ORIOLES FINISH 7-1 IN FALL NIGHT LEAGUE
The Hudson Valley Rockies
managed by Mel Slotnick, finished with a 7-1
record in their first Fall Night League
The Orioles finished with
a 7-1 mark for the third Fall in a row.
Orioles manager Mark Van Overloop led the
pitching staff with a 6-1 (winning 6 games
for the 3rd fall in a row) record, a 3.47
E.R.A. and 5 quality starts. The team's
E.R.A. was 2.87.
With 8 Orioles batting
over .300, Al Bracuti led the team's offense
with a .583 avg and 12 RBI. Al Rodriguez hit
.571 with 10 RBI. Tom Dixon (.571) led the
team with 15 hits and runs. Bill Giamo
(.500), Roger Lope (.429) also had 15 hits,
Tom Mergolla (.333) with a team high 10
steals and 15 runs, Mark Van Overloop (.318)
and a .545 on base, and Frank Barbara
(.300), were the other O's hitting .300 or
RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
MARK IS A GRANDFATHER
At 7:15 pm on Tuesday,
September 16th, 2008 Brooks Timothy Van
Overloop was born, making Mark a
grandfather. The proud new parents are
Timothy Mark Van Overloop and Cristen
McKenna, residing in Suffern, NY. Brooks
weighs 9 lbs. 2 oz and is 21".
Tim, a Forham graduate (as
was Mark) is a F.D.N.Y. Firefighter in the
Bronx, besides having 2 other jobs in water
purification/filtration - one company (NMP)
he owns and the other (Proflow) he works
for. Cristen will obtain her Master's Degree
in Physical Education and begin her teaching
career in 2009.
RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
BERGEN A'S ARE SUNDAY
After playing in another
30/40 League for 18 years, the Bergen A's
moved over to our League for 2008. After
winning 9 championships in the other league,
the A's goal was to win their first one in
our League. The A's dedicated their season
to Walt Andreas, who they lost this past
'In the new league (ours)
we found that the games were very
competitive' said A's manager Tony Craparo.
With the good starting pitching of Bob
Khalil (8 wins in the season and all 3 wins
in the playoffs), good defense and timely
hitting, the A's went 12-4 (2nd place in the
AAA division) and swept the 3 rounds of the
playoffs, 3-0. Two of the original A's,
Bucky Rehain and Marty Cornetto, who helped
Craparo start the team in 1990, were still
playing and contributing in 2008 -
Cornetto's outfield defense and Rehain's
pitching. The 65 year-old Rehain even
pitched a complete game victory against the
Blue Jay in 90 degree heat. It took a team
effort to win, led by the Veterans.
'I would like to thank my
players, our opposing teams and the League'
RELEASE: AUGUST 22, 2008
ORIOLES WIN 2008
The Orioles won the
Cooperstown Tournament for the 5th time
(1998, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008),
finishing with a 6-2 mark in the five team
The Orioles mound staff
was led by manager Mark Van Overloop, who
went 4-0 with 3 complete games in 26 innings
pitched. Mark pitched and won a game in each
of the event's 4 days. Tom Durkin and Matt
Bosshart also won games for the O's.
The Orioles offense was
once again led by Al Bracuti, who led the
team in batting (.593), hits (16), runs
(10), RBI (8), slugging % (1.074), besides
hitting a tournament best 3 home runs. The
Orioles other top slugger, Al Rodriguez, led
the team in on base (.619%), runs (10) and
doubles (5), while batting .529, slugging
1.000 and blasting a home run. Other top
Orioles hitters included Durkin (.571
batting avg. and 2 hits in each game), Ray
Tomczyk (.500) and Dan Spector (.500 batting
plus a team-leading 7 steals). John Caruso
(.357) and Joe Apgar (.333) also bested
.300. The tournament's senior palyer, 73
year old Flacco Martinez, hit .250 and
belted a long double.
The Buffalo Nights
finished second at 6-2 (losing out on a
tie-breaker to the Orioles) and the Rockland
Katz were third at 5-3.
RELEASE: AUGUST 13, 2008
ORIOLES WIN FIRST NIGHT
LEAGUE PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP
In the semi-final game,
the Orioles held on to beat the Cardinals
7-6 (The Orioles 3rd one-run victory, in
2008, over the tenacious Passaic Cardinals).
Frank Barbara started, went 5 2/3 innings,
while yielding 2 earned runs and gained the
victory. Manager Mark Van Overloop earned
the save by retiring the last two Cards
batters. Tom Dixon had 2 hits, while John
Caruso and Nate Santacroce each had 2 RBI to
lead the Oriole attack.
In the final playoff
championship game, the Orioles prevailed
8-4 over their arch-rivals, the Indians.
Frank Barbara pitched a 9-inning complete
game, allowing 3 earned runs, in earning his
third win over the Indians this year and his
seventh overall victory of the season. Al
Bracuti spearheaded the Orioles offense with
3 hits, including a home run, and 4 RBI. Tay
Tomczyk and Nate Santacroce each chipped in
with 3 hits, while Greg Picher and Tom
Mergola added 2 base hits a piece.
The Orioles regular season
and playoff championships were a true team
effort, with all 13 players contributing to
the team's success, an overall 16-1 record.
RELEASE: JULY 31, 2008
2008 ORIOLES GO 14-1 TO
WIN 1ST PLACE IN WEEKNIGHT LEAGUE
The 2008 Orioles captured
their 5th night league title (1998, 1999,
2001, 2002, 2008) dethroning the 4-time
defending regular season champion Indians (
2004-07). These Orioles set a night league
record with their 14 wins, again besting the
Indians (who won 13 in 2004 and 2006).
The '08 Orioles became the
1st night league team and the 4th team in
league history to go 10-0 (or better). The
'08 Orioles started this season 14-0. In the
Sunday League, the 2000 Rockies started off
11-0 and the 2003 Diamondbacks began 12-0.
The 18-0, 2005 Giants finished undefeated in
the regular season. The 1999 Fall League
Orioles were the League's first undefeated
The '08 Orioles pitching
staff compiled a sparkling 2.47 team E.R.A.
and was led by manager Mark Van Overloop's
9-0 record and career best 2.66 E.R.A. in 61
2/3 innings. Frank Barbara went 5-1 with a
2.20 E.R.A. The O's had 9 quality starts - 6
by Mark and 3 by Frank.
The '08 O's batting attack
was led by Greg Picher's 3 team-leading
averages: batting -.630, on base-.706,
slugging-1.037 and league leading 3 homers.
Al Bracuti led the team in runs (24), hits
(25), and steals (16) while batting .446. Al
Rodriquez led with 8 doubles and 25 RBI
while hitting .415. Ray Tomczyk (.409), Tom
Dixon (.396), Nate Santacroce (.343), Tom
Mergola (.325), John Caruso (.305) and Bob
Adler (.300) all bested the .300 mark.
RELEASE: MAY 25, 2008
MARK'S ORIOLES/BRAVES/ASTROS WIN MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT
On a picture perfect day, A League of Our Own returned to play at Yogi Berra Stadium, for the first time since 2000. Using wood bats, we had the most teams ever (4) and the most competitive tournament in League history, with 5 runs being the most scored by any team and all games hotly contested and decided by 2 runs or less.
Game #1: Passaic Cardinals-3, Ken Fried's Mets Plus-3
Game #2: Mark's O.B.A.s-5, Ken Fried's Mets Plus-4
Mark Van Overloop was the winning pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings. Jaimie Rivera was the hitting star with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Our 3 Astros combined for 4 out of the 5 RBI.
Game #3: Passaic Cardinals-4, Mel's Rockies-2
Roger Lope had a shutout for 6 2/3 innings but had to hold on to narrowly escape a bases loaded jam to gain the win.
Game #4: Mark's O.B.A.s-3, Mel's Rockies-2
Braves Manager Rich Durso picked up the win in relief. Jaimie Rivera again had 2 hits. John Caruso had 2 hits and made the diving, defensive play of the day at third base. Ben Pagaono added 2 RBI, with 3 on the day.