Little League Wants to Name Field for Founders

Little League and town officials will hammer out a field-name proposal in the coming weeks and bring it to selectmen.

Little League representative Dan Santanello opened talks with selectmen last night on a plan to name the league's in memory of Al Duratti, Andrew Holmes and Alfio Cerone.

will continue the naming talks with Town Administrator Andrew Maylor and Public Works Director Gino Cresta before returning to selectmen with a formal proposal.

Santanello told selectmen Wednesday that Duratti, Holmes and Cerone had 140 years service to Swampscott Little League and helped shape the lives of generations of kids who played ball in town.

"I think we owe it to these gentlemen to remember them," he said.

Selectmen Chairman Matt Strauss said that, in general, he'd rather see monuments installed at fields as opposed to naming them.

To start naming fields could lead to numeorus requests on numerous fields, Strauss said.

"It gets to be a bit much," he said.

Santanello, a former selectmen, said he knows the board has been reluctant over the years to name fields for people but this is a special circumstance.

"I don't think you are going to find people like them," he said.

The town administrator suggested that he and the Public Works director meet with Santanello to cobble a proposal and bring it to the board.

League officials would like to have their memorial in place by spring on opening day.

Al Duratti died this summer. He had been involved with Swampscott Little League since it started in the mid-1950s.



Rob Hopkins October 27, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I feel it is extremely oblique on the part of anyone to characterize naming a Little League field after people who dedicated 30, 40 or 50 years of their life to this town's children as "a bit much". Building statues is expensive & involves on-going maintenence...... this requires money that youth sports organizations simply don't have. Name the fields after coach Durratti, Holmes & Cerone- they MORE than deserve it and it is so easy to do..........
John DiPietro October 27, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Other founders of Little League were Herb and Ginny Ellis and Fred Mason. Many of the early organizational meeting were held in our livingroom on Middlesex Ave. Perhaps "Founder's Field", with the names of all involved placed on a plaque would be appropriate. Barbara Mason DiPietro
Betty Holmes October 27, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Morris Hershenson gathered the group to start the Little League in our town in 1954. We had a good many wonderful people, who all liked kids, who worked together for years, even though Al, Al, and Andy had the most longevity. There are many volunteers with 20 or more years in the system. It has grown and flourished from the first year when they had four teams of 15 kids each, who played at Phillips Park, with a snow fence to show the field boundary. Betty Dean Holmes
Nobody Special October 27, 2011 at 09:02 PM
I can't see how a new field could be Founders Field, but a tribute to those who started the league would be nice as long as it was minimal maintenance, not subject to being defaced, and not made of anything so valuable that someone would steal it as metal markers are. Of course to be equal info on founders of soccer, Pop Warner, softball... would of course also be needed. I seem to recall a road was named in honor of some and then renamed in honor of another. Naming seems so insubstantial these days... but if you count sweat equity as payment those three IMO deserve high praise for contributions above and beyond!
Mark C. Nemeskal October 28, 2011 at 02:25 AM
I think Founder's Field is a great idea and an appropriate tribute to all of the men and women who were responsible for getting Swampscott LL off the ground. I hate to disagree with my good fiend Dan on this one, but "Holmes- Duratti- Cerone Field" would be a bit much, IMO.
george depaolo October 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Dan, I think it is a GREAT idea, as suggested maybe a plaque with all the finding men and women as well. Nice CHEAP shot Just a parent, I played many years for all 3 men, and loved every minute from Baseball to Pop Warner, after becoming a father myself I look back and can't believe the amount of time these gentlemen donated there services to this Town, these men had practices and games every night of the week, god bless all of them.Good job Dan, and good luck.
Cindy H October 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Just a Parent, I agree that Al Cerone and Al Duratti had very different styles from Andy Holmes. Though I hesitate to dignify anonymous comments with a response, I object to your use of the term "bully." Did Andy yell? Yes, a lot. Did he let you know what he thought? Yes, clearly and directly. But “bully” implies a mean spiritedness behind the bluster that simply is not accurate. And although you are entitled to your opinion, what is being considered is honoring the SERVICE of those who built up the baseball program. Whether or not you personally liked or approved of him, Andy spent THOUSANDS of hours volunteering in Little League. Coaching, running the program, soliciting sponsors, purchasing supplies, maintaining the field, cleaning the bathrooms, driving kids to and from the field, staying at the park until the last Mom left the refreshment stand: for over 50 years he did all of this and more. So did his fellow volunteers, simply out of their love for the kids and the game. You cannot deny the work they did (and do) and it deserves respect. Dan, I know my father would be deeply touched to have his service recognized in this way, so I thank you. Documenting the founders and program history are also wonderful ideas. I know that Dad wouldn't care whose name went on the field, as long as kids could continue to play ball in a great program run by stellar volunteers who are willing to put in time and effort. They are the unsung heroes of the community. ~Cindy Holmes-Radner
Ernie Street October 30, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Why don't we just name it Lunatic Field. That is most appropriate!
lou williams November 01, 2011 at 01:12 AM
i am with you george as far as coach holmes being a bully nonsense . i guess he just set the bar to high for some people
Jean Reardon November 02, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Cindy your statement says it all, which is why I think that Founders Field would be a perfect solution. These men along with countless others past and present have kept this program alive and thriving. Al and Andy also started the Pop Warner program in Town around the same time. Few may remember that Ginny Ellis was the President of the League in those early years. I do because my father, John Reardon was the Vice Presid,ent at that time. The Saugus Little League field is named "Championship Field" in honor of the team that went to the LL World Series.(no member of that team ever played on it) For the record the old field was named Burke Field and the road leading to it was Holmes-Duratti Way. Dan, the next step is to get all three of these men inducted into the Swampscott Hall of Fame.
Rob Hopkins November 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Just a Parent, with no name- you have ZERO credibility. You're just another troll attempting to tarnish a good man's name. To use the word "bully" to describe Mr. Holmes and not put your name to it...... well, it's spineless. also to describe any coach as "torturing" a child is over way over the top. And the "feeble minded ex-jocks" description is downright pathetic on your part. I can see why you're reluctant to reveal your name, I'd be embarrassed to reveal my identity if I wrote what you did........... Shame on you.


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