Bonnie Bulletin Board:
The Ansel “Smitty” Smith
Bonnie Alumni Game
It was a great afternoon as we honored our 11 year old champions- the Bonnie Seals. Then the game (good pitching and sterling defense) between the Bonnie Alumni and our Bonnie showcase team which was won by the Alumni 6-4. And we capped off our afternoon at the Clubhouse with pizza, refreshments and good conversation. A day to remember.
More pictures – pull down menu – See Alumni Game 2014
Bonnie Seals win the 2014 AABC World Series
The Bonnie Seals were undefeated in their climb to the top. The Bonnie Youth Club salutes our 11 year old champions!
Simba Productions has partnered with The Bonnie Youth Club and is in the process of creating a unique and compelling documentary on the Bonnies. Our Indiegogo Campaign has come to an end. We raised $5491 which is over our goal of $5000. The Bonnie Youth Club thanks every donor for our successful campaign.
Link to Parade Ground League standings and your favorite Bonnie teams. http://pglbrooklyn.org/
Successful Bonnie Opening Day Parade and Walkathon!
Congratulations to Mark Tatum
The Bonnie Youth Club salutes the new Deputy Commissioner of the N.B.A., Mark Tatum. Mark is a Bonnie Hall of Fame member (elected in 2000), played with the Bonnies from 1980-1990. He is now on the Bonnie Youth Club Board of Advisers. He graduated and played baseball with Cornell University and then graduated from Harvard Business School. The N.B.A. could not do better and we could not be prouder!
FOND MEMORIES – Kelly Williams and Al Bonnie Jr.
Bonnie great, Kelly Williams, passed away May 2, 2014. He had a rare form of cancer. He played with the Bonnies from 1987 to 2000. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2010. Kelly is the young man on the left in the photo below. The Bonnie organization sends its condolences to his parents, Arty and Betty, his twin brother Kyle and to all who mourn the death of such a fine young man. Kelly will be sorely missed.
The members of the Bonnie Youth Club of Brooklyn, NY were deeply saddened by the news of the death of Albert J. Bonnie, Jr. Al Sr. and brother Joe, originally founded the organization back in 1949 to provide the youth of the community with an athletic, recreational and educational program that would attract student athletes into the organization as youngsters and graduate solid citizens of the community.
Al Jr. remained a strong supporter of the organization from 1949 until his death this week. At the time of his death he was the Vice President of the organization and was known and loved by all of its members, young and old. He will be missed as he represented a big part of the organization’s history as one of the founding fathers.
“We are committed to keeping his name alive for many years to come.”
Jerry Katzke – President, Bonnie Youth Club
Listen to Bonnie Coach Matt Pearson
on Rick Wolff’s WFAN “The Sports Edge” !
(Matt begins at 28 minutes, October 6th show)
Anthony Varvaro – Atlanta Braves and a Bonnie for life!
Anthony Varvaro of the Atlanta Braves pitched for the Bonnie Freshman and Junior teams. He gave a wonderful clinic to our present players this past winter and will do so again this January. He spoke at the Players’ Awards dinners urging our student athletes to work hard in school and on the field. We wish Anthony all the best. We are his biggest fans. Below is a link to a great story on Anthony’s success.