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George Berardi 1924 - 2011

Posted by John Berardi at Jun 26, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
George J. Berardi of Woburn, a well-known Woburn resident who was involved in a host of sports and civic organizations throughout his life, passed away Wednesday evening, August 31, 2011 at the age of eighty-seven. He was the beloved husband of Ann H. (DiCenzo) Berardi for over sixty-four years.

Born and raised in the South End of Woburn, son of the late Joseph and Sarah (Vasapoli) Berardi, he lived his entire life in the old homestead built by his father. He played semi-pro baseball in the 1940's and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served active duty in the Coast Guard aboard the USS El Paso in the South Pacific and North African seas. Following his honorable discharge, he worked at Beggs and Cobb Tannery in Winchester. George later went to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Review Appraiser in the Highway Department, retiring in 1989. Following his retirement he served for a time with the Woburn Board of Assessors part-time in an administrative role.

In 1947, George and Ann were married, and recently celebrated sixty-four wonderful years together. Their family grew to include seven children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He became involved in Little League as a volunteer umpire in 1952, including various regionals and eventually umpired the Little League World Series. He went on to become District Administrator in 1959 and was appointed State Director of Little League for Massachusetts in 1969, where he oversaw all state tournaments and the operation of the State Little League organization, positions which he held until his passing. He served on the Little League National Board of Directors and hosted the Little League International Congress in Boston in 1992. In 2010, George was honored at the 25th International Congress held in Lexington, Kentucky for his 50 years as a District Administrator one of only 2 individuals in the history of the Little League program to achieve that distinction. He earned numerous other awards, including the Massachusetts Veterans Award in 1974 for his service to youth baseball and the Brad Jernegan Award from the BoSox Club in 1992.

His involvement in baseball extended to the professional level, where he scouted with several Major League teams including the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Pilots, Montreal Expos and Philadelphia Phillies. George, along with Rico Petrocelli and Mike Andrews, were founders of the Little League Jimmy Fund program, which has raised over $3 million dollars for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He also served as a past member of the Jimmy Fund Council. George was a Charter member, past President, and current Board member of the BoSox Club. Originally nominated to the BoSox Club by former Red Sox P.R. Director Bill Crowley, George helped to handle the media crush when the Red Sox made the playoffs and reviewed and answered all requests for tickets from groups of handicapped persons, as well as raising the money to pay for them by raffling autographed baseballs.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a longtime member, serving multiple board positions and several terms as President, of the South End Italian Club. A member and past President of the St Francis retret guild. A devout parishioner of St. Charles Church, he was a lector for many years and a member of the St. Charles Parish Finance Council.

Although he gave so much of himself to others, his family was his pride and joy. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was always there to listen and give advice to guide his family through life. He supported them unconditionally and celebrated all of their accomplishments, but when they did something wrong, was the first to let them know. He loved to see his family spend time together and would bring all his grandchildren to family days at Fenway, BoSox luncheons, the little League World Series, and Red Sox games. Through his own actions, he set an example of living honestly, acting fairly, and remaining humble. Most importantly, family always came first.
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** 2011 **

Posted by John Berardi at Dec 15, 2011 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
State Tournaments wrapped up...
The last of the State Champions were crowned in their respective divisions. With comback wins in the Major & Senior divisions, Andover National edged Braintree American 7-6 in the Major while Quincy rallied for 5 runs in the last inning to capture the Senior title 8-6 over Gloucester. In the 11 year old division, the younger Braintree Americans belted their way to victory over Parkway National 13-2.
see Tournaments section for complete brackets and link to Regional site information.

State Championship games Sunday...
10/11 division at Taunton
Championship game (July31 1:00) - Braintree American vs. Parkway National

Major division at Taunton
Championship game (July31 4:00) - Andover National vs. Braintree American

Senior division at Lowell-LaLacheur Park
Championship game (July31 10:00) - Gloucester vs. Quincy


State Tournaments July 28-31 for baseball divisions...

Major division at Taunton (pool play)
July 28 3:35 - Wellesley South vs. Andover National
July 28 7:20 - Joe Schwartz vs. Braintree American
July 29 4:35 - Braintree American vs. Andover National
July 29 7:20 - Joe Schwartz vs. Wellesley South
July 30 5:05 - Joe Schwartz vs. Andover National
July 30 7:35 - Braintree American vs. Wellesley South

Junior division at Lowell-LaLacheur Park (best of 3)
July 28 4:00 - East Boston vs. Quincy
July 29 7:00 - East Boston vs. Quincy

Senior division at Lowell-LaLacheur Park (best of 3)
July 28 7:00 - Gloucester vs. Quincy
July 29 4:00 - Gloucester vs. Quincy

Baseball Section Finals this weekend July 23-24...

Major division
Section 1 (July 23 2:00) - Townsend at Worcester Joe Schwartz
Section 2 (July 24 7:00) - Braintree American at Barnstable American
Section 3 (July 23 2:00) - Wellesley South vs. Medfield at Norwood
Section 4 (July 23 5:30) - Andover National vs. Stoneham at Tewksbury

10/11 division
Section 2 (July 23 2:00)- Lakeville at Braintree American
Section 4 (July 23 5:00)- Methuen at North Reading

Complete Section brackets posted in Tournaments area.

Softball State Tournament wrapped up...
Two of the three divisions went to a rubber game for the Softball State finals in Worcester. The following teams are the 2011 Little League State Champions in their respective divisions:
Softball: Major- Lynn Wyoma, Junior- Wesfield, Senior- Westfield

Longtime District Administrator Don Gleason passes away...
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that District Administrator, Don Gleason, has passed away. This is a great loss not only to Gleason family, but to Little League baseball in Massachusetts. He was involved with Little League for 43 years, first as a President of North Pittsfield Little League, and then for the last 26 years as District Administrator of District 1.
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Sectional Tournament prep begins
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As Districts tournaments get underway, preparations begin for the District winners who will advance to their Sectional levels. Most Section brackets are now available and posted in the Tournaments area on this site.

Big Al coaching clinic coming back to Mass April 2nd & 3rd...
There is no doubt you have all heard of the famous Little League coaching clinic instruction Al Price ("big Al"). Back by popular demand, “big AL has been scheduled to the Massachusetts area for two days hosted by District 15 & 5. The format for each day is the same, see links below for flyers with details.
Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Raymond Shaw Middle School in Milbury
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Beverly High School



League Administration Clinic coming to Mass.- Feb 4, 2011

League Administartion clinic ("Road Show") coming to Massachusetts. The Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 5th at WPI. All League Officers and Board board members are encouraged to attend and hear the hometown presentation first hand. Our top staff members and volunteers have teamed up to bring truckloads of tips to your backyard. Local league volunteers just like you will learn how best to implement the Little League program in their town or neighborhood.
Brochure - February 5th Road Show

State Tournament sites for 2011...
The following is a list of the State Finals sites and dates for 2011.
Major Baseball - Taunton (Taunton West) July 28-31
10&11 Baseball - Taunton (Taunton West) July 31
9&10 Baseball - Tewksbury (Poulin field) July 21-24
Junior Baseball - Lowell (Lalacheur Park) July 28, 29 & 31
Senior Baseball - Lowell (Lalacheur Park) July 28, 29 & 31
Major Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) July 15-17
Junior Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) July 16-17
Senior Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) July 16-17


Little League International mourns the passing of George Berardi, a former District Administrator (DA) in Massachusetts, and member the Little League International Board of Directors.

Mr. Berardi of Woburn, Mass., served as Massachusetts District 13 Administrator for more than 50 years, and spent the last 40 years as Massachusetts’ Little League State Director. In 2010, at the 25th Little League International Congress in Lexington, Ky., Mr. Berardi was recognized for his five decades as a DA.

“George was an icon in our program and will be sorely missed,” Stephen D. Keener, Little League International’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “On behalf of the entire Little League program, I ask that we all keep George's wife, Ann, and his family in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

In 1992, Mr. Berardi served as Chairman for the Little League International Congress held in Boston. During his time in the Little League program, he also was a member of the Little League President’s Advisory Committee.

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** 2010 **

Posted by John Berardi at Jan 8, 2011 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

State Tournaments wrapped up...
The last couple of State Champions were crowned in their respective divisions. The following teams are the 2010 Little League State Champions in their respective divisions:
Softball: Major- Swampscott,  Junior- Grafton,  Senior- Winchendon  
Baseball: 11 yr old-Pittsfield South, Major- Southboro, Junior- Stoneham, Senior- Oxford
see Tournaments  section for brackets and link to Regional site information.


Baseball State Finals set for Lowell's LaLacheur Park...
Stoneham will take on Auburn in the Junior Baseball division while Gloucester and Oxford will face off in the Senior division.  

Teams advance to State Finals in Softball divisions...
Jesse Burkett of Worcester and Swampscott win their sections in the Major division, Grafton and Sandwich in the Junior division while Winchendon and Wakefield take their sections in the Senior division.  All teams will take part in the Softabll State Finals in Worcester July 23-25.


Sectional Tournaments underway...
As Districts tournaments wrap up, team across the State move on to their Sectional levels.  All Softball and upper level Baseball divisions began their section games this past weekend.  Section and State brackets are posted in the Tournaments area on this site.


Leagues preparing for summer Little League Jimmy Fund program...
This Program enables Little Leaguers (2010 league ages 8-12) to continue playing baseball & softball after the conclusion of the regular season. For more information , please check the 'Jimmy Fund' link on the left.

Little League Day at Boston College - May 22, 2010...
Little League Baseball and Softball and Boston College's Baseball and Softball teams would like to invite you and your Little Leaguers to attend the "Little League Baseball & Softball Day."  These games will be held at the home field of the Eagles of Boston College in Chestnut Hill.
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Massachusetts well represented at Little League Congress...
Seventy-Five percent of the Mass Districts were represented in Kentucky for triennial event.  Discussion and voting took place on several agenda items which resulted in 10 new rule changes many focused of Softball. Two of our own were recognized for their service to the program.  George Berardi was honored for his fifty years as a District Administrator becoming only the second in the history of the program to do so.  John Berardi was selected from the East Region to receive the Commendation Award.
More details here...Volunteers Honored
 George Berardi

Congratulations to the Massachusetts umpires selected for 2010 Regional & World Series...
Junior League Softball East Regionals - Kenneth Rauktis
Little League Baseball East Regionals - Sherman Wallen
Junior League Baseball East Regionals - Thomas Ward
Senior League Baseball East Regionals - James Haibon
The entire list of umpires from all states in the East that have been selected can be viewed at www.littleleague.org/east


Challenger programs growing in Mass...
The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for mentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.
For more information and a list of towns hosting the program, please check the 'Challenger Program' link on the left.


State Tournament site and dates...
The following is a list of the State Finals sites and dates for 2010.
Major Baseball - Norwood (Kelley field) - July 29-Aug 1
10&11 Baseball - Norwood (Kelley field) - Aug 1
9&10 Baseball - Tewksbury (Poulin field) - July 22-25
Junior Baseball - Lowell (Lalacheur Park) - July 23, 24 and if necessary 27th
Senior Baseball - Lowell (Lalacheur Park) - July 23, 24 and if necessary 27th
Major Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) - July 23-25
Junior Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) - July 24-25
Senior Softball - Worcester (Jesse Burkett) - July 24-25