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In an effort to continue the proper way of promoting baseball to the New York Community, the leadership of the Alliance members and the board of directors coordinate and promote annual events to best showcase what New York baseball has to offer. Serving 25,000 youth baseball and softball players in the sandlots throughout New York City's five boroughs and greater metropolitan area. 

Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance NEWS


GNYSAA Raymond F. Church Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner will take place on November 18, 2021 at Russo's On The Bay. We have a great list of honorees and a wonderful guest speaker. 

The Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance's Annual Raymond F. Church Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner returns this year for its 16th installment on Thursday, November 18, 2021 Cocktail Hour Begins at 6:30 p.m. at Russo's on the Bay 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard Howard Beach, New York 11414. Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be John Morris, Spec. Asst to the GM Cincinnati Reds, Major League Scout, St. Louis Cardinals and NYS Baseball Hall of Famer 2020.

We have a great list of honorees and a wonderful guest speaker. For their long-time commitment and dedication to youth baseball and the improvement of their local communities through sports the GNYSAA will honor Dr. Cesar Presbott, NY Yankee Scout and NYS Baseball Hall of Famer 2020, Joseph Solimine, Lifetime Baseball Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates, NYS Baseball Hall of Famer 2021, Matt Connolly, former Chicago Cubs and Msgr McClancy H.S. Hall of Famer, Steven Adler, President - HBQVB Athletic Association and Michael Leiderman (Posthumously) Founder, Long Island Storm and LI Storm Baseball Academy

We will also award the 4th Annual Jack Kaiser Coaching Excellence Award, that honors collegiate coaches in the Metro New York Area for their achievement, dedication and professionalism to Joseph Fucarino, Head Baseball Coach at Molloy College.

For further information(Sponsor Journal, Table purchase, Individual tickets or Donation) contact Thomas Sylvester at or (347) 463-3602 



New York State Baseball Hall of Fame seeks to honor and recognize those who have distinguished themselves in the game of baseball. NYSBHOF will be honoring the 2020 honorees on August 15 2021. The 2020 class includes Tino Martinez, Lou Piniella, Goose Gossage,, Carl Erskine, Jerry Koosman, Gil Hodges, Mike Pagliarulo, John Morris, Kevin Kernan, Victor Feld, Jim Gates, Gene Michael, NYY Scout Cesar Presbott.

The Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance is proud to announce the well deserved recognition of our President Victor Feld to the New York Baseball Hall of Fame. Victor and the other 2020 inductees will be honored and recognized for their contribution to New York Baseball on August 15, 2021 at the Hilton Hotel Troy, N.Y.. We hope you will be able to attend this ceremony for this group of distinguished honorees of the game of baseball.Tickets are available $100.00 per ticket and rooms available for overnight stays. To attend the Induction dinner email Vic at

Victor Feld is a lifelong Nassau County resident whose love of baseball began in his childhood. He has been involved in Sandlot baseball as a player, parent, coach, administrator, mentor and friend for 68 years. Since his retirement from his day job he has become even more committed to The Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance (GNYSAA), where he has been a member for 40 years and whose motto for 80 years is to serve New York City Kids through baseball.

Vic started his adult baseball life as a parent and coach at Dwarf-Giraffe Athletic League (DG) in Whitestone Queens. He then went on to coach in the Long Island Connie Mack League and went to three regionals. There he also met Ray Church who was a mentor and friend and brought him into the GNYSAA family. His coaching career has been one that has taken him all over the country and where he has had success at many levels. He has been involved with Division 1 and Division 2 College Programs and has been both a High School and College Recruiter.

Since 2005, he has been President of the GNYSAA where he has worked diligently to grow the breadth and reputation of the organization. His work along with that of the GNYSAA Board (a board with 275 years of sandlot baseball experience) has grown the organization from a New York City Metropolitan Area program to one with a national reputation. The GNYSAA has built relationships with all professional, college, high school and sandlot levels which include Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. These relationships have helped the GNYSAA with its most important jobs of giving kids the opportunity to play, continuing their educations and getting opportunities to play and participate at the high school and college levels. Vic has affected the lives of thousands of players in a positive way and continues to do so today.

Vic and his wife Stephanie have three children, Anthony, Laurie and Charles and five loving grandchildren. The only thing that is more important to Vic than baseball is his family and he lives for both.

GNYSAA & Axcess Baseball Announce 2021 Leiderman Cup August 2021 Date 

Click here for more info and to register your player for an evaluation for the 2021 GNYSAA NYC Team

ITS OFFICIAL: Victor Feld, President of the GNYSAA and Vinny Messina, Head of Axcess Baseball are excited to create an event that honors Mike Leiderman, a man who loved baseball and loved helping kids.
GNYSAA is proud to announce we will be fielding the New York City's Top 20 players from Classes 2022/23 to participate in the Inaugural Mike Leiderman Cup partnered with Axcess Baseball in a New York City vs Long Island matchup of the Top 40 players scheduled for August 17  2021 at Maritime College Bronx, NY.. The ball players on the field will not only try to win the 'Legacy Cup" but will also get to show off their skills to college coaches and local area scouts. Game day will include a Laser Time 60, full infield/full outfield and batting practice prior to the first pitch. It will be a day honoring a great man, but also a day of opportunity for the players, just like Mike would want.

Any questions email Paul

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December 06, 2018

Acclaimed baseball author, Lee Lowenfish, recently attended our 14th Annual Raymond F. Church Service to Youth Baseball Award's Dinner. Check out what he had to say about his experience on his blog. Click here for the whole story: 

I love the refreshing piney smell of Christmas trees that are now piling up on the sidewalks of Broadway in my Upper West Side NYC neighborhood. For a few moments, it makes me love the changing of seasons and forget that spring training is still several weeks away.

An even better antidote for the No-Baseball Blues is to attend a gathering of players, coaches, scouts, and fans as I did last week. For the first time I attended the Annual Raymond E. Church Service to Youth Baseball Awards Dinner at Russo's On The Bay restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens not far from JFK Airport.

The function was sponsored by the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Association (GNYSAA). My appetite for this event was whetted when I learned that the GNYSAA grew out of the New York Journal American/Hearst newspapers high school all-star game that was an annual event in NYC from 1946 through 1965.

88 future major leaguers played in a game that was held most of the time at the Polo Grounds. Among the future MLB stars that played in this game were Tommy Davis, Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn, Bill Skowron, and Joe Torre. Kuenn played in it during its first years from 1946-1950 when it was billed as a New York versus The World competition. (Thanks to fellow SABR member Alan Cohen for this info.)

More storied names from the past were brought up by Frank Del George, one of the evening's coaching excellence award winners. A product of the Brooklyn housing projects, Del George is currently head coach of St. Francis Prep and once was a star shortstop for St. Francis College of Brooklyn.

Del George remembered warmly that he had played for Frank Tepedino Sr. - father of future Yankee outfielder-first baseman Frank Tepedino - for the American Legion Cummings Brothers team. His double play partner? Future Yankee second baseman and Met manager Willie Randolph.

Guest speaker Nelson Figueroa, former Mets pitcher and current Mets cable TV commentator, also spoke very movingly about his roots of his career. He pointed out in the audience Anthony Iapoce, newly appointed Cubs batting coach, and noted that he and Iapoce had played for a USA Baseball 12-and-under team in Japan 32 years ago.

Nelson was under five feet and less than 100 pounds. But he made the team, one of 16 chosen out of 600 competing. He paid tribute to his Abraham Lincoln HS coach Joe Malone who believed in him despite his small stature. He thanked Malone for having him throw only fastballs and change-ups at that tender age.

Figueroa also saluted the longtime Youth Service coach Mel Zitter, mentor of Manny Ramirez and Shawon Dunston among others. Before "tough love" was a cliche, Zitter epitomized the no-nonsense coach who drove his charges very hard in early a.m. practices. He also made sure, Figueroa noted, that the Parade Grounds field was properly maintained so no one got hurt.

Zitter was in the audience, having made the long drive from his home in North Carolina to show his devotion to NYC grass roots baseball. Figueroa thanked Zitter for taking him to a youth tournament in Waltham, Mass where he made contacts with Brandeis University coaches.

He listed himself as 6 3 and over 150 pounds. but he was barely 6 feet and much lighter. Figueroa quipped that people often asked, "Where's the rest of you?" Yet he went on to an outstanding college career, capped in 2015 by his election to the Brandeis University Athletic Hall of Fame, a honor worthy of the school's only major leaguer.

An elegiac moment near the end of the evening was provided by Brother Robert Kent who was honored for his 50 years of service at St. Francis Prep as baseball coach, athletic director, and history teacher. Bemoaning that on the site where Ebbets Field once stood there is now a sign, "No Ball Playing Allowed," he urged that we work towards a time when "more Willies, Mickeys, and Dukes" are developed in our area.

Next up on the NYC baseball banquet circuit is the grand-daddy of them all, the 54th annual New York Pro Scouts Hot Stove League dinner at Leonard's at Great Neck on Northern Boulevard...

August 22, 2018

To all,

Hope your teams have had successful a summer and in between games you have found a moment of rest and relaxation.

The GNYSAA wanted to let you know about the 2018 ABCA Barnstormers Clinic at St. John's University.

Please see link below for details.

Contact Victor Feld at and Thomas Sylvester at if you or any of your coaches are interested in attending.

All interested parties should let us know by September 8, 2018. Please feel free to share this with others and have them contact us as well.

July 20, 2017

Behind outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting, the Brooklyn Bonnie Paws 14U won the 2017 NABF WORLD SERIES in Struthers, Ohio. Pitching performances by Bryan Jerez, Thomas Palazotto, Lucas Slesinski, and Corey Savedoff, as well as timely hitting by Justin Austin, Manai Hutchinson, Antonio Pena, and Sammuel Urena, were keys to the team's success. Outstanding defense by Tony Holden, Joseph Narvaez, and Ryan Rodriguez, also played a huge role.

Justin Austin, Manai Hutchinson, Bryan Jerez, Thomas Palazotto, and Antonio Pena were named to the 2017 14U NABF WORLD SERIES All Tournament Team. Thomas Palazotto was also named MVP.

June 21, 2017

to our very own, Anderson DeLeon, for being drafted in the 24th round by the Cincinnati Reds! DeLeon played for the Richmond Mets and Youth Service League with GNYSAA, as well as for our championship USA Baseball 16U Labor Day Cup in 2013 in Cary, NC.

You can check out DeLeon's scouting report at

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