We congratulate the East Boston Little League All-Star team on winning the District 12 championship in the Jimmy Fund Tournament this past weekend in Melrose.
This impressive victory over teams from larger communities was the result of a total team effort by the manager, Chucky Cassaro, the coaches, Krysten Hunt and Frank DiNublia, and the players who exhibited not only great skill but determination as well.
The tournament was held for a great cause – the Jimmy Fund – with proceeds going to cancer research. Manager Chucky Cassaro understands the importance of the continuing fight against this devastating disease. Chucky, himself, is a cancer survivor, having had his kidney removed last year. Chucky told us that he is in good health and grateful to the physicians who helped him so much during his illness and his convalescence.
What this achievement also illustrates is that East Boston Little League is experiencing a major resurgence and that baseball is still an important and enjoyable pastime for many youths in this community.
Eastie, after all, is where Tony Conigliaro began an amazing baseball career that took him to the Boston Red Sox and the Major League at the age of 19. The Little League diamond at Noyes Park is named in memory of Tony C. – as he was known by Red Sox fans.
There will be plenty of reasons to celebrate at the East Boston Little League banquet this fall. The East Boston 13-16-year-old division has also enjoyed a successful summer.
Though our beloved Boston Red Sox are struggling a bit, baseball in East Boston is doing well and we thank Chucky Cassaro and all the board members and coaches in the EBLL for giving our youths a fun and competitive environment in which to develop their own strong connection to the game of baseball that we guarantee will last a lifetime.