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.