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VIDEO: Baseball Returns And So Does Al Duratti

Here on Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox we talk Little League baseball. Yankees' Coach Al Duratti has been with the Swampscott Little League since the league began in 1954.

Balls, bats, bases, kids and Al Duratti. These things have been constants since began its first season back in 1954.

A teenager named Al Duratti began his Yankees coaching career when the league was born some 55 years ago. The Yankees coach will be on the bench when the Little League opens the 2011 season in April. There have been a lot of games, a lot of wins and a lot of Swampscott youths playing for Coach Al.

“We started out on Phillips Park, moved to Jackson (the site of the new Swampscott High School) now we’re at a great facility on Forest Avenue,” Duratti said.

Players that Duratti coached in the 1950’s and 1960’s have had sons that suited up in Yankees pinstripes, and now third generation ballplayers are playing Little League in town.

In 1949 won the State Class B baseball championship, the back-up catcher on that team was Al Duratti. Al and his Big Blue teammates will be honored on March 26, when they are inducted into the Swampscott High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 induction ceremony will be held at the Oceanview in Nahant

“We try to make it fun for the kids, that’s what we tried to do in the beginning and that’s what we try to do now, “ Duratti said.

The Blue Jays are the defending champions in the majors; the Phillies took the minor league title last season.

“It’s rewarding to see the kids I’ve had come back as men, and comment on the positive experiences they’ve had in Little League.”

Betty Holmes April 01, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Nice interview. Good job, Al. You always said you'd outlast Andy, and you did! Of course, you started out coaching Little League at a younger age than Andy. He was ten years older. It gave both of you, and others, too, many many years of fun coaching the kids. And I agree, those grown men, and a few women, remember the great times when they were ten, eleven, and twelve, and baseball was their LIFE! Many of the coaches stayed with it long after their kids were no longer in the program. It was a fun program for the coaches as well as the kids. Betty Dean Holmes.
Ilene Brand April 02, 2011 at 02:12 PM
The Brand family wants to remind you folks that the Indians were always superior to the Yankees. Thank-you, Ilene and Jeff etc.

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