2014 Final Standings

Athletics 17 7
Senators 12 11
Lids 11 13
Thunder 7 16
Nationals 18 6
Bluehawks 17 7
Capital City 11 13
Haymakers 2 22

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Albany Twilight League History

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FOUNDEDIN 1930TheAlbany Twilight League was founded in 1930 by the "Father of TwilightBaseball", George Elwell. The first league Commission consisted of JamesRonin, William Louden and two former major league players; Matty Fitzgerald Sr.and Ed Phelps Sr. In 1931, Claude Tibbitts became President and the TwilightLeague officially began its first competitive season with ten teamsparticipating in league play. Thelegendary Schuylers, under thedirection of Charlie Callahan, became the first league champion. Then in 1932,Joe Tholl, who had been the League Secretary, took over as President of theLeague for the next 16 years. Just twoyears into his presidency, he and the league watched the final construction ofthe Bleecker Stadium Bowl get completed and its first and longest resident, theAlbany Twilight League moved in.  Previously, Bleecker was built as areservoir for the City of Albany public water system in 1850. THE1940’s AND 1950’sDuringthe 1940's, the Twilight League did a masterful job of continuing competitivebaseball on the most advanced amateur level in spite of the loss of hundreds ofyoung men to the Armed Forces, some of whom were killed in action. In 1947, aNavy veteran and former League Secretary, Joe Thomas came on board as TwilightLeague President and guided the League into the decade of the 1950's. With anew President at the start of the decade also came a new force in TwilightLeague play. Gone were the Graves andRodgers, the New York Central's andthe McEnaney Oilers. Now it was fanscheering on Roxy Cleaner's managedby Chuck Yanni. Within a span of nine years, this baseball dynamo would winfive league crowns. During this period of Roxy domination, the leagueexperienced two new League Presidents. First, Lloyd Maranville, elected in 1953and serving until 1958, then Andy Schnert, who presided in the 1960's.President Schnert's most significant and lasting accomplishment was convincingMayor Erastus Corning to install lights for baseball at Bleecker Stadium. TheTwilight League was immediately given a new lease on life. The crowds improvedtremendously. No longer were players and fan required to go without supper sothey could be at the ballpark by 6 pm; the more leisurely 7:30 p.m. start was scheduled.THE1960’sThe1960's also witnessed the domination of the Twilight League by two seniorsponsors; Mike's Submarines and Finkle's Jeweler's. Together theycombined to win six pennants in seven years. In 1966, Andy Schnert retired. Theleague appointed George Clemens as his successor. After a brief tenure, Georgepassed away and John Brousseau succeeded to the Presidency serving until 1970. THE1970’sTheera of the college baseball player arrived in the 1970's. Team ranks became swollen with players fromall local institutes of higher learning. With the election of a new President,Bill Leorchick in 1971, two teams began a series of victories which dominatedthe Twilight League into the 80's. The SchenectadySons of Italy, managed by Tony Rossi, captured three league crowns in fiveyears. The Oppenheim Post 1019,managed by Tim Lane won the honors in four out of five years, to finish out thedecade. Coinciding with the Oppenheim win streak, the Twilight League chose anew President, Jack Joyce. President Joyce was been an avid baseball fan sinceboyhood and was a Major League scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.THE1980’sInthe 1980's the Sons of Italy and theOppenheim Post VFW continued theirwinning ways by capturing eight more league titles, totaling an unbelievable 15since 1973. Ed Delehanty took over for Jack Joyce in 1981 and served throughoutthe 1980's as League President. Ed oversaw the TwilightLeague's re-entry into the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC).Highlighting the re-entry was a strong franchise in Apex Printing who won the AABC North Atlantic Regional title andfinished third in the 1989 AABC Stan Musial World Series in Battle Creek,Michigan.THE1990’sThe1990's witnessed a multitude of new franchises but it also saw Apex, managed by Ken and Norm Hayner,continue their string of success. The team won three league titles in a rowfrom 1992-94 and four AABC Upper NYS Championships in the first half of thedecade. In 1996 Bill Miles, Jr. succeeded Delehanty as League President and sawfive different franchises take Twilight League crowns from 1995 to 1999.Unfortunately, only the Troy Haymakers,the longest tenured franchise in the history of the league, remains in theleague today as the only team from that string of champions. Troy won a Leaguetitle in 1998 and since then the League has seen 15 different franchisescompete through the 2013 seasonTHE2000’sEmbarkingon the 2000’s, All Stars Academy,managed by Dave Perry, went on a short run of success becoming just the fourthteam in the League’s history to accomplish a three-peat. They won ATL titlesfrom 1999-2001, an era when the league permanently switched to using wood batsfor all their games. Switching to wood bats in 2000 saw a significant increasein the speed of games and the influx of more college players. The early 2000’s era also saw the charter ofa successful independent program, WaterfordFordians (now known as WaterfordNolan Propane), happen in 2008. That followed short, but solid tenures by theLansingburgh Royals (2003-10) and South Troy Dodgers (2005-07). TheDodgers finished second in the League in 2006 with a 16-5 record and lost theLeague Championship Series to the AlbanyAthletics. That year was the first season manager Joe Altieri and hisAthletics won a League title. They would string together two championships,then after a year losing to Davies AC inthe 2008 League Championship Series, theAthletics won four more consecutive ATL crowns for the first “four-peat” inLeague history (2009-12). Davies AC, who entered the league inthe early 1990’s also showed they could collect multiple League crowns duringthis era. Behind General Manager Tom Yovine, Davies won the Championship Seriesin 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, three with Yovine playing a dual role as coach andGM, then a fourth with Yovine as just the GM. AABC Tournament play became morepopular during this era with the League hosting more AABC postseason events whichresulted in more teams gearing up to participate in them. The Athletics won nine AABC Upper New YorkState Championships under Altieri from 1998-2009, which currently stands as a Staterecord. The League, meanwhile, captured two more AABC State titles (Davies AC in 2003, Senators in 2005) during that time to keep the state crown in theTwilight League for 11 straight years heading into 2011. THE2010’sPriorto the 2010 season, Davies AC leftthe league due to numerous retirements from players, which yielded way for the Blue Slate Bluehawks franchise to enterthe ATL. Behind General Manager Gary Pollard, the team was a small core offormer Davies players and was competitive right away with top three finishes inits first three seasons. Meanwhile, the AlbanyAthletics continued their dominance by winning the League title in 2010 andupsetting downstate powerhouse Long Island Storm to win the AABC North AtlanticRegional Tournament and earn a trip to the AABC World Series in Houston. It wasthe first World Series berth by an ATL team since the 1989 Apex team. The A’s finished5th in the World Series that year. A year later Blue Slate andthe A’s were separate by only onegame in the final standings and while the Hawks went up two-games-to-none inthe Championship Series, the A’s came roaring back and swept the final three towin it—the first time a team has come back from two games down since the 1983Oppenheim Post.A year later, the Lansingburgh Royals and AllStars Academy exited making way for the Albany Thunder, run by propane businessman Robert Nolan Sr., andthe Chemenergy Diamond Kings, run byBill Creighton Sr. who had previously run numerous younger level teams. While both teams struggled in 2011, theLeague still had a strong product on the field. The Athletics built on itsWorld Series appearance by winning in the final inning of the 2012 RegionalChampionship to advance to the World Series in Florida. Then after losing to a31-0 Texas team in the first game of the World Series, the A’s won five straight including the championship on a walk-offhomer in the 9th to bring home the League’s first National titlesince the Series began in 1935. The Athleticsshattered numerous ATL records that year including most runs scored by a woodbat team (201) most consecutive league wins (18) in a season, most consecutiveleague wins (23) spanning two seasons, and had the most wins in the league forthe 7th straight year. During this era, the ATL also established anintern program where students work all summer for the league designing gamedayprograms, compiling weekly reports, posting on Twitter and Facebook, and assistingwith game management.  In 2013, the ATLbegan working with a new group of umpires. Following the departure of theCollege Baseball Umpires, the League entered into a contract with the EasternNew York Umpires Association.TODAY, the leaguehas a dynamic web site thanks to the work of Bill Kelts, Sr. and Bill Kelts,Jr. who also manage the Nolan Propane franchise. Fans are also informed withblast emails of weekly league reports and on Twitter and Facebook, which iswhere interns post game results and schedules as well. Over the last decade,despite the growth of wood bat collegiate leagues across New York State drawingplayers from the ATL, the league has still enjoyed enthusiastic crowds, closepennant races, local, state and national tournaments, past and futureprofessional players, to continue to add to its strong history andtradition. ATL HISTORYFOR WEBSITE as of April 1, 2013
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