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The 2023 season featured a solid regular season, including some special events and all star games. The Brighton Black Sox were able to gain revenge on the Al Thomas Club, who had defeated them in the finals in 2021 and 2022. The Sox trounced the A’s in 5 games, earning their first championship since 1995.

The Yawkey League played an All Star game against the Central New England Baseball Assoication at Adams Field in Quincy in July. The game was shortened by light rain and consistent lightning, but the YBL was happy to take credit for a 3-0 victory.

Also in July, the Al Thomas Club played an exhibition game at Polar Park in Worcester, home of the Boston Red Sox Triple A farm team, the Woo Sox. The YBL played the Central New England Baseball League, loaded with young, talented players. The CNEBL took a commanding 8-3 lead, but the A’s came storming back, scoring 7 runs in the 8 th and 9 th innings to squeak by with a 10-9 win.

The Yawkey Baseball League is named after former Red Sox owner and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Thomas A. Yawkey. The YBL is one of the elite amateur baseball leagues in New England. With franchises in and around the Greater Boston area, comprised of players from all levels of elite baseball backgrounds – current and former collegiate student athletes, along with former professional baseball players.

The YBL Board has been meeting with Board Members from the Intercity and Boston Park Leagues to discuss the very real potential of playing Interleague games in 2024. Among other benefits, this would serve to increase the number of games played, while realizing the opportunity to play different teams at different fields and to unify as baseball enthusiasts.

The 2019 season featured the last EMass All Star Classic. The YBL once again took home the championship trophy of the 8th Eastern Massachusetts Baseball Classic. The tournament annually pits All-Stars from the top four amateur baseball leagues in the Boston area against each other. This was the YBL’s record tying 3rd title and 5th finals appearance, earning the best winning percentage among the four leagues who participate in the annual event. The National Semi Pro Baseball Hall of Fame has inducted YBL members and the YBL also has played All-Star games at Fenway Park.

Our league has its roots in Boston back to the 1950’s. In various incarnations, we have been known as the City League, the Twilight League, and until 1990, the Boston Junior Park League. 1990 was a coming of age for our league, when we were renamed in honor of Mr. Yawkey. Our affiliation with the Yawkey Family has brought us many benefits over the years. The Yawkey Foundation is a major financial contributor. We are very proud to continue the baseball tradition established by Tom and Jean Yawkey in Boston.

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