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West Denison Baseball League

West Denison Baseball League

Our History

West Denison is a non-profit community organization run solely by volunteers.  We offer a full summer of athletic activity which includes Tee Ball for boys and girls ages 4 thru 6, Coach Pitch Baseball for boys and girls ages 7 thru 9, Baseball for Boys and Fast Pitch Softball for girls beginning at age 10 thru 18.  Additionally, we offer a Slow Pitch Softball program designed for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Our season runs on weeknights during the month of May, June and July, with games generally beginning at 6:30pm.  The month of May is reserved for practices and practice games, with regular season play scheduled to begin around Memorial Day thru July.  Post season games are scheduled during the latter half of July.  Most of our youth leagues schedule two games per week, with the Tee Ball and Special Needs programs playing a lesser schedule.

The West Denison Baseball League began in 1955 when a few men organized of team of 28 boys who played alternately  in whatever pickup games they could schedule.  A group of fathers realized  that they had hit on something and in 1956 voted to organize a league structure of four teams.  West Denison was underway.

1955 - West Denison forms with 28 players. 

1960 - A Fifteen-member Executive Board is elected.  West Denison becomes chartered.

1961 - Girls Softball League is established.

1963 - The league triples in size, finishing the season with over 700 players.

1969 - Three new fields are constructed at the old Navy Park on Clinton Road.

1975 - League grows to 900 players, former player Dave Ford is drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.

1978 - Frank Fox League was organized for Special Needs Children and Adults.

1979 - League continues to expand, finishing the season with over 1280 players.

1982 - Dave Pitman League for Special Needs Children is established on the East Side.

1983 - Tee Ball League for 5-6-year old’s is organized and West Denison sets a record high season of 1520 players
           (105 teams).  Mickey Mantle team finishes 3
rd in the country.

1984 - West Denison celebrates 30 Years!

1988 - Cleveland-West Travel League is established for boys 15-17.

2000 - Girls Fast Pitch Division is established.

2002 - Dedication of new James M. Dunphy Park (formerly Jasper Field).

2005 - West Denison celebrates 50 Years!

2010 - Former player Alex Lavisky is drafted by the Cleveland Indians.

2015 - League Celebrates 60 Years!

2020 - Celebrating 65 Years!

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