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The Beginnings of Babe Ruth Baseball

Welcome to the Apponaug Babe Ruth Baseball League, located in Beautiful and Historic Warwick, Rhode Island.

Apponaug Babe Ruth Baseball League (a.k.a. ABRBL) operates and plays Cal Ripken Baseball.


The end of the year is upon us.  We would like to Thank You all for being a part of our baseball community. 

As we have done over the years, we would like to have one big party for all of the players their families. 

The End of Year party is this Saturday June 27th. 

The TBall and Rookie Division families will party from 10am to 12:45pm.

The Minor and Major league families will party from 1-4pm.

There will be a bounce house, dunk tank, lots of food, trophies will be handed out, etc. The league will supply hot dogs and hamburgers. 

You have probably been asked by your coach to do 2 things for this event.

1.    Bring a food item.  Each team was assigned a food item to bring.  Please reach out to your coach if you do not know what to bring.  Collectively, hopefully we can bring enough for everyone to enjoy.  

2.    We are also asking that each team donate a raffle basket. The theme for the basket is up to each individual team. Please avoid any perishables or candy for the baskets as they tend to spoil in the heat. We are asked to put together this basket and bring it to the field by 9am on the day of the party, June 27th. Raffles will not be drawn until the end of the day. This will give everyone a chance at all of the baskets.

We will also have a Fall Ball signup sheet for those that would like to play.

We will be looking for volunteers for the Rookie Fall Ball division session.  This Rookie session will be for all current 2nd year TBall kids who will be moving up to Rookies next year, as well as First year players in Rookie aged 6-7.

We will also be putting together Minor and Major Fall Ball Teams. 

Lastly, if you have good ideas and would like to help this league moving forward, please let us know if you are interested in being a part of our Board meetings.  No one is paid to be a part of this league, so it takes a good team of people to make everything possible for the kids in this league. 

Don't hesitate to email the league at with any questions.


Thank you all for a great season.  Your support and generosity has been extremely grateful to us.


Upcoming Calendar of Events:

-       Our Annual End of year party.  June 27th.

Thank You to All who play, coach and volunteer at this great league. 


Apponaug is a Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball for Boys & Girls ages 4 - 12.  Apponaug has been providing baseball for the youths of Warwick for over 40 years.    Our league is open to every youth who lives in Warwick and East Greenwich.  Come and experience Cal Ripken Baseball!


The picture is of our new Rookie Field which was completed October 15, 2014 by our partner Lawnscapes.  Thanks to Mark Trosin and his team for a beautiful looking field.


 For the 2015 Spring season, All players must be born prior to April 30, 2011, and on or after May 1, 2002.)

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12


Keeping baseball fun—especially in the early stages of youth baseball—is a primary concern of Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Division, which is comprised of the following levels:


Tee-Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game.  All players must be 4 by April 30, 2015 to be able to play baseball.


Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field.  All players must be 6 by April 30, 2015 before moving into our Rookie division.


Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.  All players must be 8 by April 30, 2015 before moving into our Minor division.


Major/70: Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this new division is offered as an option to current league format, and still includes a tournament trail from District competition through World Series.  All players must be 10 by April 30, 2015 before being considered for our Major division.


Any player who is too old to play in our Major Division next year, will need play in PAL/Babe Ruth Baseball. Please visit their website for their contact information.  


TBall, Rookie and Minor Baseball Divisions will be played at our Apponaug Baseball Complex starting around the 3rd week in April.  Our Major Division plays at our Kenney Field location off of Jefferson Blvd.  TBall players play on Saturday mornings.  Rookies play on Saturdays as well as once during the week.  Minor and Major teams play 2 games during the week, none on the weekends.  All baseball will typically be played until 3rd week in June. 




The Sportsmanship Code of Babe Ruth League


Develop a strong, clean, healthy body, mind and soul.


Develop a strong urge for sportsman-like conduct.


Develop understanding of and respect for the RULES.


Develop courage in defeat, tolerance and modesty in victory.


Develop control over emotions and speech.


Develop spirit of cooperation and team play.

Develop into real, true CITIZENS.


The Beginnings of Babe Ruth League

The year is 1951. Local businessman Marius D. Bonacci leads a group of 10 dedicated community members in discussions based around developing a baseball program for boys between the ages of 13 and 15. When the group finally emerges from the Yardville Hotel in Hamilton, New Jersey, they have set in place the groundwork for what would soon be known as “Little Bigger League.”


On May 14 of that same year, the first 10-team Little Bigger League plays its very first game between Homedell Civic Association and the White Horse Fire Company at Switlik Park. More games soon follow. 


So inspired was League President Willard Carson Jr. by the competitive spirit of the young players and the enthusiastic crowds, he submits an article to the Sporting News, seeking interested parties to join baseball leagues for this age group. Within a year, 98 municipalities across the country have responded to that article and the new league is on its way to becoming a national organization.


In 1954, Claire Ruth—the widow of Babe Ruth—hears of the merits of the new organization and its tremendous

growth, and meets with the League’s administrators. She subsequently authorizes the organization to change its

name to Babe Ruth League.  “Babe was a man who loved children and baseball,” she says. “He could receive no greater tribute than to have a youth baseball program named after him.” With that, Babe Ruth League, Inc. quickly gains national, and then international, recognition.


Today, Babe Ruth League, Inc. ranks as the premier amateur baseball and softball program in the world. From that first 10-team league in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, it has grown to a combined size of over one million players on over 59,000 teams in more than 10,000 leagues. The continuing success of the baseball and softball programs is due to the tireless efforts of the many volunteers and the countless hours they contribute.


Every volunteer— from the local league manager to the chairperson of the 17-member international board—is dedicated to the good character development of our young athletes and the continued development of their baseball skills.


 In our Major Division, your kids will play on the 70 foot Major Division field and will have the edge going to the bigger diamond.  Learning the fundamentals of real baseball (Leading off base; Pitchers holding on runners) will prepare them for the next step when they move to a higher division.


Apponaug's Major Division is 70-Foot Pony Baseball, played at Kenney Field on Jefferson Blvd.

Apponaug's Minor, Rookie and T-Ball Divisions are played in the Apponaug Baseball Complex behind City Hall.


Apponaug is the only organized league in the city of Warwick and East Greenwich to offer 70-foot "Pony Style" baseball as part of the regular Major Division program.

We also have Fall Ball programs for ages 6-12.

History of the Babe Ruth Program


Email us with your questions at and check out our website for more information



The Board of Director's are in place and meeting with each other to help move each season in a positive direction.  We have some new and some old faces on the board, but we are always looking for new members to help us.  Please look to volunteer your time on the Board as a member or on a subcommittee.  Please take the time to be an active participant in ABRBL. Please email us if you would like to attend or if you need more information about it.



Here are some accomplishments we have had for our league the past few seasons.


- We replaced the old Dugout roofs at Kenney Field and built new ones for our Major League Division.  This keeps the players safe throughout the year.

- We replaced both the Minor and Rookie league fields with new loom and sod which will give the kids a much better playing performance for years to come.  Thanks to Mark Trosin of Lawnscapes and the Easton Family for their donations, time, and effort.

- We have painted all of the Apponaug complex facilities.  This replaces the old green look with a new Blue look and feel.  We hope you like it.  Thank you to Mark Paley, painter extraordinaire.

- ABRBL Sweat Shirts and Windbreakers are For Sale.  Youth $30, Adult $35.  Various sizes are available and you can buy them from the snack bar, or just ask your local ABRBL Board Member.


To read the latest issues of The Bullpen, the online magazine of the Babe Ruth League, please visit


 Our goal is to generate excitement for our league and position ABRBL for long term success.  Baseball is our national pastime, and we would like to ensure that youth baseball in the City of Warwick remains a summer tradition.  In order to achieve this goal, we need to strengthen our volunteer base.  Parents are welcome to join us at our monthly Board meetings.  Please consider volunteering.  Together, we can find a volunteer area that fits your skill set and interests, and most importantly, one that works best for your busy schedule.  Thank you for your time, and thank you for supporting Apponaug Baseball.

Contact Us at our email address:


Board Members

Scott Rossi

Joe Dunphy

Julie Roberts

Kevin Roberts

Mark Paley

Pete Scalzo

Gary Maccarone

Bill D’Angelos

Brad French

Joe Simas

Lisa Badway

Mike Karpowich



President                                Brad French

Vice President                       Joe Simas

Major League Director                   Brad French

Minor League Director                   Joe Simas

Rookie & T-Ball Director       Joe Simas and Brad French

Secretary                               Lisa Badway

Treasurer                               Vacant – Interim is Brad French

Fundraising                            Julie Roberts, Brad French, Joe Simas

Equipment                             Julie Roberts

Tournament Director             Scott Rossi

Snack Bar                              Mark Paley and Joe Dunphy





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