The Grand Slam Youth Baseball organization is thriving under the direction of owner-operators Gerry DiVenuti Sr. and Charlie LoGrasso.
In 2007 the organization was founded as a fall baseball league for children 12 and under. In 2008 it expanded to 15-under Big Diamond play and in 2009 it added an 18-under Big Diamond division.
In 2011 Grand Slam Youth Baseball introduced summer and fall baseball to East Boston and the local area. Ten teams with players ages 12 to 19, are competing in the league that runs from July 1 to November 1.
DiVenuti and LoGrasso said the goal for their successful program is “for all Eastie kids to prioritize their education while improving their baseball skills.”
The mentors who brought their positive influence to the program have been Phil Brangiaforte, Johnny Forbes, and the late Tony Capozzi.
Some of the current players in the league are: Joseph Garita (Salem State University), Peter McCormack (Bunker Hill Community College), Eric Candelerio (Newbury College), Michael Theriault (Boston Latin School), Nicholas Duenas (Boston Latin Academy), Gerry DiVenuti Jr. (Umana Middle School), Joseph Sinatra (Suffolk University), James Giardina (East Boston High School).
DiVenuti amd LoGrasso would like to thank the following supporters: East Boston Athletic Board (Joe Plagenza and Jimmy Caruso); Phil Brangiaforte, head coach of the East Boston High School baseball team; Kathy Orlando, president of the East Boston Girls Softball League; Brian Straccia, head coach of the Roxbury Community College baseball team; Malden Angels AAU Baseball; Revere Babe Ruth Baseball; Chelsea Pony League Baseball; and Chelsea American Legion Baseball.
Players are welcomed to register for the league year round. Donations are accepted. Please call Gerry DiVenuti at 857-251-2227 or email at [email protected]