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2011 NEAA Baseball Major League Opening Day Includes Tribute to Anthony J. “Tony” Iudiciani

The North End Athletic Association held its 2011 kickoff to the Major League season on Saturday, April 30 at Langone Park on Commercial Street. The event was hosted by NEAA Coordinator John Romano and 2011 Commissioner Ralph Martignetti.

The day started with a barbecue and ceremony in memory of Anthony J. “Tony” Iudiciani, the late brother of past NEAA Commissioner Frank Iudiciani. Anthony J. “Tony” Iudiciani was born on June 1, 1951, and he died tragically on October 1, 1970 at the age of 19. Tony played in the NEAA’s Little League’s Minor and Major levels, as well as its Pony League (now referred to as Babe Ruth).

Click below to see the tribute to Tony Iudiciani by his brother, Frank. Also on the video are welcome speeches by local officials, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina and At-Large Councilor John Connolly.

The season opened with a double-header, first with the Regional Review Cubs, coached by Dan Shea taking on the Al Vilar coached North End Against Drugs Indians. Game two featured the St. Agrippina Cardinals coached by John Pezzuto against the St. Anthony Red Sox. The Red Sox are coached by Paul Luongo.

Click the video below to see the group photo and a bit of the Cubs/Indians game.

Click on the video below to view introductions by Coordinator John Romano and Commissioner Ralph Martignetti. Also on the video are team player lineup introductions for the Cubs and Indians.

A Capella group, “Street Magic” provided entertainment during the kickoff festivities. Click the video below to watch the National Anthem and a few of the numbers by “Street Magic,” including some baseball favorites.

3 Replies to “2011 NEAA Baseball Major League Opening Day Includes Tribute to Anthony J. “Tony” Iudiciani

  1. Matt:

    This is really phenomenal! Thanks so much for all you are doing by getting the word out about the great programs in the North End! It is really appreciated, you have outdone yourself on this one.


  2. Dear Matt,

    Many, many thanks for posting such extensive content about the NEAA's Opening Day. Although it is, of course, ultimately for the kids, I am very appreciative of the references to my dearly departed brother, Tony. The coverage, overall, is just wonderful. Once again, Matt, thank you very, very much!

    Sincerely, Frank Iudiciani

  3. Very nice to hear that … I'm happy to cover it and always fun to be at NEAA events and a thoughtful tribute. Of course, the real thanks to the leaders, coaches and everyone that puts such time into keeping things going for the kids. So important to the neighborhood. –Matt

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