• Who we are.

     The Bonnie Youth Club, a year round youth program, uses baseball as a vehicle to capture young people’s  (ages 5-21) interest.  Our educational program, “Support, Service and Success,” guides our student/athletes  so that they may find the high schools and colleges that best suit their needs.  Our “Bonnie Success Pages” are  the stories of our student/athletes successes.

    Founded in 1949

    The Bonnie Youth  Club was founded in 1949 by Al Bonnie Sr. and his two sons, Al Jr. and Joe.  It has since developed into New York City’s finest sandlot baseball organization that helps develop youth into outstanding adults.

    Bonnie Bulletin Board:

    Jerry and Norris ... the soul of the Bonnies!

    Jerry and Norris … the soul of the Bonnies say:

    Contribute to the Bonnie Youth Club!

    Take an ad out in the 2016 Bonnie Journal

    See Pull Down Menu – Journal 2016





    Come on Bonnie players, fans and alumni: Join us for the Alumni game and the festivities afterwards at the newly renovated clubhouse. It’s the event of the year.

    “The Ansel “Smitty” Smith Memorial Alumni Game

    Grand Opening of our newly Renovated Club House

    Sunday, October 16

    Alumni Game at 1 pm – 4 pm  at Parade Grounds (Parkside btw. Caton Place and Coney Island Ave.)

    Grand Opening: 4 pm – 7 pm (1221 Church Ave)


    FOR MORE INFO CALL: Jerry Katzke  301.704.7436






    Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2016

    11 a.m. – Dusk

    Prospect Park Meadows

    Enter on Prospect Park West and 9th Street

    Lots of fun, games, refreshments and trophies

    All Bonnie players, parents and friends are welcome

    Battle of the Little Guys

    Bonnie Tigers and the Instructional League All-Stars

    Start Things off with a big baseball game at 10 a.m.

    The Wiffle Ball Game of the Year at 1 p.m.

    The Bonnie Seals and Bonnie Robins battle it out for the real World Series Championship with trophies to the winners

    Big Grasshopper Football Game at 1 p.m.

    Bonnie Bulls and Bonnie Paws battling it out

    With Trophies to the Winning Team

    Races and Contests for Ages 5-12 at 2 p.m.

    Trophies to the Winners and Runner-ups

    The Big Big Ballgame at 3 p.m.

    Bonnie Managers/Coaches vs. Older Players Softball Game

    For Bragging Rights to the Club

    Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Drinks for all players

    Parents be sure to bring your grill for barbecuing



    Great Day at CitiField for the Bonnie Youth Club

    The Bonnie Youth Club received recognition and a grant from a joint initiative by Major League Baseball and the MLB Ballplayers Association. It is to promote baseball in the inner city.


    Article from MLB Players Association  Concerning the Press Conference at CitiField






    The Bonnie Youth Club recently had its clubhouse renovated with a grant from NY State. We need to complete the renovation to make it perfect. We need to purchase such things as shelving, a TV, computers and a sound system.
    Please go to our “Go Fund Me” link and donate today.



    Article in May, 2016 edition of “Philanthropy Journal” about the Bonnie Youth Club. A good read about a great organization.




     Newly Renovated Bonnie Clubhouse – Open House TBA

    Bonnie Parade, Ceremony and Walkathon – April 9, 2016

    Just out

    Bonnie Pride


    Click on the Simba Productions link below for the Bonnie Youth Club documentary that highlights some of the great things we do.



    Bonnie Braves on CBS – New York

    July 17, 2015



    Bonnies on “Fox and Friends”

    April 6, 2015 –




    Bonnie Youth Club Clinic

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    Hosted by Shawon Dunston

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    Shawon was the #1 major league pick in the 1982 draft (Chicago Cubs) out of Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He had an excellent 18 year major league career and is now a coach with the S.F. Giants. That’s Shawon with his high school coach, Norris Gordon, who is President of the Bonnie Youth Club. This is what we do. The Bonnies thank Shawon for a fabulous clinic and volunteering his time to help the youth of NYC. We are all volunteers and need your help to make 2015 (our 66th year) better than ever. Don’t delay, donate right now.


    The Bonnie Youth Club Guidelines for 2015

    Use the pull down menu above


     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 – Boston Red Sox and a Bonnie for life!


    Anthony Varvaro of the Boston Red Sox  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.