NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Hundreds of players, parents and coaches flocked to Tocci Field Saturday morning to celebrate both the start of the New Rochelle Little Leagues season and the league's 60th anniversary.
Parents packed the grandstand and the bleachers to watch the ceremony. League president Richie Perdew said the day provides a chance for all those connected to the league to gather together and celebrate.
We have the community come together, all the elected officials, all the children, Perdew said. Its the start of the baseball season for the kids in New Rochelle.
Tryouts begin in March, at which point Perdew said the excitement for the season starts to build.
And it leads into this, he said.
Jenny Gagliardo has lived in New Rochelle for 35 years and her 8-year-old son has participated in Little League for four years. This season, he plays for the Rangers.
He loves coming here. He loves playing baseball, so we love doing this. Its like a tradition now, Gagliardo said. Very exciting. Very fun.
Gagliardo said her son starts to get excited for the impending season when spring arrives and they practice at home whenever they can.
The league has persisted for six decades, and Gagliardo said that longevity is a testament to the service it provides to the New Rochelle community.
Its great that they do this for the children and that theres donations, Gagliardo said. The kids enjoy it. I think its a great thing for the kids to play. I think its a great thing.
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