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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

Little League Celebrates History on Opening Day

HAMMONTON—Reflecting on its long and storied history, the Hammonton Little League celebrated Opening Day at Hammonton Lake Park on the morning of April 13.

Hundreds of players, parents and fans jammed the Lake Park as the local league officially began its 77th season.

Following games at several levels, the teams gathered for their traditional parade around the park led by the Hammonton High School marching band and softball team, ending on the oldest Little League field in New Jersey, where league president Brandon Watson addressed the crowd.

Watson thanked league and town officials, and then unveiled a new sign in right field that honors the 1949 Little League World Championship team. The new sign replaced the one erected in 1989, the 40th anniversary of the championship. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the local All-Stars winning in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Following that display, four new members were added to the Al Mulliner Wall of Fame.

Ralph Capaccio, Jim Borda, John Massarelli and David Cappuccio Jr. were added for their contributions to the Hammonton Little League.

Last year’s Little League All-Star team was honored for its district and sectional championships, and near the end of the ceremony the National Anthem was sung by Little League players, Mason Thompson and Emma Dolan.

Along with the ceremony, those at the park were treated to music by DJ Nicky G, face-painting, a mounted state trooper and state police helicopter.


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