Bigger than a Baseball Fan's Imagination
A story of the construction and events that surround this unique wiffleball field that has become every baseball fan's dream
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2014 Winter Classic Champions - February 2nd, 2014
The Green Monsters claimed the 3rd Annual 2014 Winter Clasic Championship over the previous weekend beating out the Weekend Wifflers 10-5 in the Championship Game. Photo courtesy of Jane Kennedy O'Neil.
2014 Winter Classic - February 1st, 2014
The 3rd Annual Winter Classic will be held on Saturday, February 1st at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley. Space for teams is limited so email email@example.com if you are interested in having a team. Below is a schedule of games.
n the 1st Winter Classic (2012) Green Mountain Power beat Colchester Cardinals 6-3.
In the 2nd Winter Classic (2013) Sports Central beat Donut Boys 7-4 in 8 innings.
Small Town Big Deal - November 18th, 2013
Rodney and Jann visit Pat O' Connor in Essex, Vermont to see Little Wrigley and Little Fenway Park. Then we take a visit to Sturbridge Village to a living museum!
Destination America - Epic Backyards - October 18th, 2013
Backyards have gone epic, turning home turf into mega resorts. From pro race tracks to full sport courts, zip lines and underwater caves or replicas of famous baseball parks, these guys are creating their own fields of dreams at any cost.
Konner Flemming Web Gem - August 11th, 2013
Konnor Fleming of the Crusaders fell into the bullpen at Little Fenway for the final out of the game to preserve a 3-0 win for his team. The 12th annual Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament raises money for spinal cord research. Over $500,000 will be raised this year.
2013 Winter Classic - January 28th, 2013
The 2013 Winter Classic will be held on February 2nd at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley. Below is the schedule of games:
Record-Setting 11th Annual Travis Roy Foundation Vermont WIFFLE Ball Tourney Closes in on Second Million - August 13th, 2012
Record-Setting 11th Annual Travis Roy Foundation Vermont WIFFLE Ball Tourney Closes in on Second Million
August 13, 2012
The tournament, which raised $15,000 in its first two years, has now raised a staggering $1.2 million over the last three. Contributions will be accepted until September 30, 2012 to attempt to reach the two million dollar level. Log on to www.travisroyfoundation.org for WIFFLE ball donation information.
The theme of this year's tourney was 'Eleven Seconds to Eleven Years: Playing Together for a Cure' to celebrate the book, 'Eleven Seconds', written by Travis Roy and Sports Illustrated senior writer E.M. Swift that was the inspiration for tournament founder and host Pat O'Connor. O'Connor built the quarter-sized replicas of the two iconic major league parks in his backyard in Essex, Vermont and spearheads the tournament effort.
"It was an extraordinary weekend of fun, healthy competition, and most of all incredible generosity on the part of countless volunteers, players, sponsors, and individual donors," said O'Connor. "We are all proud to be a part of the Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE ball family and appreciate everyone's help in moving us closer to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and helping others affected in need."
"Trying to describe what goes on at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley during the second weekend of August is always one of the most difficult things for me to do," said Travis Roy, the former Boston University men's hockey player who resides with his family each summer in nearby Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain. "This year the rain may have slowed down the games but it certainly didn't dampen the spirit or the enthusiasm of the players. The weekend was magical!
"It is amazing to see the support that took place after my accident, but to see it continue 17 years later, by way of the Travis Roy Foundation, is truly a testament to the generosity and humanity that surrounds us. I'd like to thank everyone who made this fantastic event possible."
On the field, the hard-working field volunteers successfully battled rain Friday and Saturday that saw only minor delays and no cancellations. Sunday, the Braintree, Mass.-based Jackhammers captured their second championship holding off the Boston Beef, 7-4, in the title game at Little Fenway. In an emotional moment after the final out, the Jackhammers rushed off the field to celebrate with co-captain Jack Shadduck, a UMass Boston student who is paralyzed with a spinal cord injury who was seated behind his team's bench.
Jackhammers standout Tom Fratto was named the tournament's most valuable player after winning two playoff games with dramatic game-ending homers and going 6-0 on the mound. The runner-up Boston Beef, making its third title game appearance, won its sixth-straight Fan Club Award for the team with the largest fundraising effort. The other major award-winners were Michael Vecchione of Comets Express who was named the Kim Trahan Fundraising Leadership Award for creativity, leadership and innovation in fundraising; Youppi's Groupies captain Matt Riegert, a Hockey East and ECAC Hockey official, won the Tommy Long Sportsmanship Award; and Ron Rose, longtime tournament graphics designer and web coordinator, was inducted into the Little Fenway Hall of Fame.
The tournament began Friday with the opening ceremonies and the annual Celebrity-Sponsor game at Little Fenway. Highlighting the celebrities and sponsors on hand over the weekend were WIFFLE Inc. president Dave Mullany, who is the grandson of the inventor of WIFFLE Ball, JetBlue Airways President and CEO David Barger, former major league pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee, former UVM hoop standouts Taylor Coppenrath, Matt Glass and Evan Fjeld, local comedian Rusty 'The Logger' DeWees, reigning Miss Vermont Chelsea Ingram, former UVM and Tabor Academy hockey standout Peter Lenes, former record-setting UNH wide receiver David Ball and members of the media as well as representatives of Dunkin Donuts, Vermont Tent Company, the Vermont Lake Monsters staff and Peoples United Bank.
Click here to watch a video of the championship game courtesy of the Pack Network: http://www.packnetwork.com/video/wiffleball/
For more information on the Travis Roy Foundation, log on to www.travisroyfoundation.org.
Winter Classic Feb 4th, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
The first ever winter WIFFLE ball tournament will be held on February 4th, 2012 at Little Fenway and has already been deemed the title of Winter Classic. Gear up and come watch as teams battle their way to be crowned the first ever Winter Classic Champions!
2011 Jarred Williams Foundation - August 23rd, 2011
The sixth annual Jarred Williams Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament will be held at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley on Sept. 10th & 11th, 2011.
Last year through this event, JWF raised over $28,000 to help these families. This year, our goal - with your help - is $50,000.
The Jarred Williams Foundation's mission is to help families caring for a child with a chronic and life threatening illness and often we are there when the family most needs financial help. You can help too!
10th Annual Travis Roy Foundation Tourney - August 15th, 2011
Tenth-Annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tourney A Big Hit On and Off The Field
'A Decade of Fun' Concludes With Record-Fundraising Total
ESSEX, Vt. -- The 10th edition of the Travis Roy Foundation Vermont WIFFLE Ball Tournament concluded Sunday at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley and once again it exceeded expectations on and off the field. The 24-team backyard WIFFLE ball tourney generated over $406,000, a record amount, to benefit the foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. The fundraising total surpassed last year's $377,000 and has raised over $1 million dollars the past three years and now totals over $1.5 million since its inception in 2002.
The theme of this year's tourney was 'A Decade of Fun' and in addition to the record fundraising total, a record number of people attended the free event that was broadcast live on the internet for the first time. The Staten Island Yankees, one of the 'Original Four' teams remaining from the first seven-team tournament in 2002, captured their first championship beating the rain and the Rutland, Vt.-based Blue Bulls, 7-5, in Sunday's title game.
"This weekend elevated the tournament to such a high level that I truly did not think was possible," said Travis Roy, the former Boston University men's hockey player who resides with his family each summer in nearby Mallets Bay on Lake Champlain. "Our goal was to celebrate 10 years of fun and we far exceeded that.
"It's hard to express enough gratitude to the volunteers, participants and spectators that contributed to the success of this event that keeps growing and growing. We all share in the fun and that atmosphere benefits the foundation as much as or more than the money we raise."
"I'd like to echo what Travis has said," added Pat O'Connor, the tournament director who hosts the tourney at the quarter-scale replicas of the two historic major league ballparks he built adjacent to his home. "And I would also like to add special thanks for another great effort to our steering committee, the sponsors and all the volunteers- including many local baseball umpires who gave us their time this weekend."
Another of the 'Original Four' teams, the Boston Beef, won its fifth-straight Fan Club Award for the team with the largest fundraising effort (over $80,000) while the Donut Boys, sponsored by the locally-owned Dunkin Donuts franchises and captained by Frank Puleo, captured the Kim Trahan Fundraising Leadership Award for creativity, leadership and innovation in its fundraising effort.
Billy Gerke, a native of Essex Junction who plays for the Green Mountain Moose, was the winner of the Tommy Long Sportsmanship Award and the Blue Bulls Tad Skelley, from Wolfeboro, N.H., was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player. A standout baseball player at Wheaton College before he graduated this May, Skelley over the weekend put on one of the top power-hitting displays in the history of the tournament. Jane Kennedy O'Neil, the tourney's photographer for all 10 years, was inducted into the Little Fenway Hall of Fame.
The tournament began Friday with the annual Celebrity-Sponsor game at Little Fenway. The Celebrities earned a 6-3 win and included WIFFLE Inc. president Dave Mullany, who is the grandson of the inventor of WIFFLE Ball, former major league pitchers Bill 'Spaceman' Lee and Jim Neidlinger, former UVM hoop standout Taylor Coppenrath, first-year Vermont men's basketball coach John Becker, JetBlue Airways President and CEO David Barger and Major General Michael Dubie, adjudent general of the Vermont National Guard. Also recognized at Friday's opening ceremonies were the 21 players and volunteers who have participated in all 10 tournaments.
Click here for information regarding the tournament: http://www.travisroyfoundation.org/travis-roy-foundation-vermont-wiffle-ball-tournament
The Construction of Little Wrigley - November 24th, 2010
Little Wrigley is a unique 1/4th scale replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field in the backyard of Pat & Beth O'Connor's house in Essex, Vermont. Several major charity fund-raising tournaments are held at Little Wrigley every year. To date, over $1.2 Million has been raised for various charities.
Sol Neelman - November 20th, 2010
The Wild Weird World Of Sports
Little Fenway can be found featured on Sol Neelman.
The Beaten Path - November 6th, 2010
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Jared Williams Foundation - September 7th, 2010
The fifth annual Jarred Williams Foundation Wiffle Ball tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11th and 12th at Little Wrigley and Little Fenway in Jericho, VT. Twelve teams will be battling for the Jarred Williams cup - come see the Bomb Squad try and defend the trophy!! The event starts at 8:30 AM and is free and open to the public. Come see the Logger, Champ and the Woodchuck! There will be a kid's game, silent auction, home run derby which are open to the public and lots of great food!
If you want to help:
Silent Auction Donations contact Heather at 434-3702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
T-shirts orders contact Dwayne at 434-3363 or email@example.com
Travis Roy Foundation Vermont Wiffle Ball Tournament 2010 News Stories - August 18th, 2010
8-4-10: Associated Press feature story (appeared nationwide):
8-5-10: WEEI.com story
8-6-10: WCAX feature, live from Little Fenway (with video):
8-6-10: New Hampshire Public Radio feature (with audio MP3):
8-6-10: WPTZ-TV news feature (with video):
8-7-10 WPTZ-TV news feature (with video):
August 9th, 2010 Press Release - August 9th, 2010
Travis Roy Foundation Vermont Wiffle Ball Tourney Surpasses Million-Dollar Level In 2010
August 9, 2010
Travis Roy Foundation Website: http://www.travisroyfoundation.org/
ESSEX, Vt. -- The 2010 Travis Roy Foundation Vermont Wiffle Ball Tournament wrapped up Sunday and the annual event far exceeded its fundraising goal as the total money raised in the nine years of the event surpassed the million-dollar mark. The 24-team tournament, held August 6-8 at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley in Essex, generated over $355,000 to bring the nine-year total to over $1,070,000 raised for the foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries.
"The financial numbers are unbelievable and I am eternally grateful to everyone involved for their support,' said Travis Roy, the former Boston University men's hockey player who resides with his family each summer in nearby Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain. "I'm also proud that the level of the competition, generosity and sportsmanship also reached the highest level.
"The best part of a number that big is that it has not changed the event as it grows. People have just as big a smile on their face now as they have every year. The tremendous hospitality from this community is a big part of why the popularity has grown. With that, the large number of people that come up here to share in this event has grown like the fundraising piece.""I am also real grateful for the outpouring of support from the people in our community and the many who have come from all over, said Pat O'Connor, who built the quarter-scale replicas of the two historic major league ballparks adjacent to his home. "After starting with just $4,000 nine years ago, and we were so happy we did that, to think we could raise a million dollars for such a great cause is staggering. I would like to tip my hat to our steering committee and all the volunteers for a great effort. These people still keep it a lot of fun."
On the field, Mark Trahan's sixth inning home run lifted the Comets Express to a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Staten Island Yankees to capture Sunday's championship game. It is the second title for the Comets Express, a team from the Boston area who also were the 2004 champions. Staten Island was making its second straight appearance in the finals and its third overall. Despite suffering the title game loss on the mound, Staten Island captain Joe Tirone earned the 2010 Most Valuable Player Award. Click here to watch a video of the championship game courtesy of the Pack Network: http://www.packnetwork.com/video/wiffleball/
For the fourth straight year the Boston Beef picked up the Fan Club Award as the team with the greatest fundraising effort while Curtis Esden of the Nite Feeders was the Fan Club Award individual leader. Derek Wagar of Teleblend was the winner of the Tommy Long Sportsmanship Award.
The tournament opened with the annual Celebrity-Sponsor game at Little Fenway evening. The Celebrities, who posted a 8-1 victory, were represented by Vermont governor James Douglas, former NHL great and U.S. Olympian Aaron Miller, former major league pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee, former UVM hoop standout Taylor Coppenrath, former UVM men's hockey head coach and current Catamount women's hockey assistant Mike Gilligan, JetBlue Airways President and CEO David Barger, Little Fenway Hall of Famer Steve Cormier, U.S. Women's National Hockey Team members Amanda Pelkey and Melissa Bizzari, country singer Keeghan Nolan of Fairfield, Vt., local personality Rusty 'The Logger' Dewees and UVM student-athletes Teddy Fortin (women's hockey) and Dave Ramada (men's soccer).
For more information on the Travis Roy Foundation, log on to www.travisroyfoundation.org.
A Letter From Pat O'Connor - July 20th, 2010
As many of you know, a few friends and I built a replica mini-Fenway Park called "Little Fenway" in my backyard 10 years ago. I can't say I knew exactly what we were doing at the time, but in the years since we built it the field has given me more joy than I ever could have imagined. The one thing I'm most proud of is the charity games that have taken place here over the years.
Ten years ago I read Travis Roy's book "Eleven Seconds" and was immediately inspired to see if Little Fenway could be a vehicle to raise money for the Travis Roy Foundation. On August 6-8, 2010, with the help of an amazing volunteer team, we will hold our ninth annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle ball tournament. All proceeds will support the Travis Roy Foundation's mission to fund spinal cord research and to assist other spinal cord injured survivors in purchasing specialized adaptive equipment. This adaptive equipment includes wheelchairs, voice-activated computers, and simple home modifications. I encourage you to visit the travisroyfoundation.org website to learn more.
Every year we continue to tweak the tournament in an effort to make it more successful. This year each participant was given their own personal online fundraising page. My hope is you will consider making a donation by clicking the "Sponsor Me" button on my Pat and Beth O'Connor page.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would love to have you visit us during the weekend of August 6-8. Let me know if you will be around.
Help Us Reach a Million - June 13th, 2010
2010 will be a big year for Little Fenway. "Help Us Reach A Million" for the Travis Roy Foundation because we hope this annual tournament at Little Fenway will surpass $1 million for the Travis Roy Foundation on the weekend of August 6th-8th, 2010. The Little Fenway season will open on June 5th with a tournament to benefit the Eleanor B. Daniels Fund - a fund that is dedicated to supporting education, research and development efforts for gynecologic malignancies and women's health issues. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on the charity tournaments for 2010 or would like to schedule a private event.
Blue Bulls Invitational - June 13th, 2010
It was a weekend of fun at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley, June 12-13, as 12 teams competed in the 5th annual Blue Bulls Invitational. The weather cooperated and the competition was strong as many new teams joined the field including Herbert Memorial, National Life, Low Price, Carter Conboy, College Pro Painters, and Rag Tag. Returning teams included TG Avengers, Juggernauts, Blue Bulls, Bennington Bombers, Los Platos, and Hockey Monkeys.
There was a wild finish to the championship game when the Hockey Monkeys pulled off an amazing comeback by scoring 7 runs in the top of the last inning to beat #1 seed Herbert Memorial 8-6. The rally was capped by a 2-out, 2 strike grand slam by Kyle Riley over the center field fence at Little Fenway.
TRF Youtube Channel - June 8th, 2010
The Travis Roy Foundation has launched a youtube channel for the annual WIFFLE ball tournament. You can watch this channel by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/TRFWiffleball
Rob Montepare Goes Pro - February 14th, 2010
Rob Montepare becomes first Little Fenway Wiffle ball star to turn Pro
The Real Field of Dreams - November 30th, 2009
Game Point Productions has produced a 20 minutes DVD about the Real Field of Dreams: Little Fenway. To buy the 20 min DVD and contribute to this unique event and great cause email:
The trailer can be viewed below:
Barnes & Noble Book Signing - October 17th, 2009
Pat O'Connor, creator of Little Fenway and author of "Little Fenway: Bigger than a Baseball Fan's Imagination" will be holding a book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 102 Dorset Street, South Burlington, Vermont, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 17th.
Yardwork - October 12th, 2009
Little Fenway is featured on the one hour special television show called "Yardwork" running on NESN on October 22nd from 5-6pm. There is also a special on the Travis Roy Foundation and the Wiffle ball tournament at Little Fenway held this past August running on NESN this month. Check out the day/times on NESN.com.
Jarred Williams Foundation Tournament - September 13th, 2009
The Bomb Squad won the 4th annual Jarred Williams Foundation WIFFLE ball tournament at Little Fenway and Little Wrigley on Sep 12-13, 2009. Over $20,000 was raised to help families of chronically ill children. Many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, and donors for their wonderful generosity.
Yarkwork - August 16th, 2009
Little Fenway is featured on the one hour special television show called "Yardwork" running on NESN this month. There is also a special on the Travis Roy Foundation and the Wiffle ball tournament at Little Fenway held this past August running on NESN this month. Check out the day/times on NESN.com.
Congratulations to the Boston Beef, winners of the the 2009 Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle ball tournament in more ways than one. They beat the Staten Island Yankees to claim the the title and also led all fundraising efforts by raising over $43,000 for the Travis Roy Foundation. The Boston Red Sox have invited the Boston Beef and the Wiffle ball tournament committee to Fenway Park for the Oct 3rd game against the Cleveland Indians.
Travis Roy Foundation Tournament - August 9th, 2009
The Boston Beef defeated the Staten Island Yankees at Little Fenway to win the 8th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle ball tournament this weekend. The games were exciting, but the bigger news was that over $231,000 was raised for the Travis Roy Foundation. The tournament was a huge success. The volunteers, players, and supporters of the Travis Roy Foundation had a ton of fun over the course of the weekend.
Join the Little Fenway Facebook Group - July 17th, 2009
Join the Little Fenway Facebook Group to keep up with updates on the field, tournaments, charity events, and more!
Twitter the Travis Roy Tournament - July 16th, 2009
Follow news, updates and heroic stories on twitter. The Travis Roy Foundation Tournament will be releasing updates via twitter for the 2009 WIFFLE ball tournament.
2009 Blue Bulls Invitational - June 25th, 2009
The Hockey Monkeys returned to Little Fenway and Little Wrigley to knock off Shake & Bake in the Championship game of the 4th Annual Blue Bulls Invitational on June 13, 2009. Scotty Willson pitched a masterful game against the Blue Bulls in the semi-final game and followed that up with another strong performance in the finals.
Everyone had a great time. The weather was good. Thanks to Brendan Collins and Jamie Leake and the rest of the Blue Bulls organization for putting on a stellar tournament.
Travis Roy Foundation Tournament - May 14th, 2009
Join us on August 7th-9th for the 2009 annual WIFFLE Ball tournament to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. Admission is free and there are raffle prizes. To make a donation or to volunteer please contact us at VTinfo@travisroyfoundation.org or (802) 434-3470.
Little Fenway Scoreboard Lights Now Functional - November 13th, 2008
In September 2008, Duane Becker installed LEDs, a solar panel, and battery to light up the nine lights on the scoreboard (balls, strikes, outs, hit/error). These lights can be operated with a remote control and are a new addition for the 2009 season.
Little Wrigley - September 28th, 2008
Little Wrigley opened for action on the first day of the 2007 Travis Roy Foundation's annual WIFFLE ball tournament. 2008 has been the first full season of games and when Tom O'Connor put in the last brick (a real brick from Wrigley Field) on July 4, 2008, our hope was it would break the 100-year curse on the Chicago Cubs, just like we had done for the Red Sox at Little Fenway. So far there is still hope for the Cubs as baseball's second season starts next week. Pictures of the new field can be viewed at www.littlewrigley.com. A special thanks goes out to everyone who contributed to the field. We look forward to many years of fun Wiffle ball games.
Jack Shadduck Wins Tournament MVP - September 28th, 2008
The Jack Hammers, led my coach Jack Shadduck, surprised 23 other teams to run the table at the 7th Annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle ball tournament in August 2008. They won 6 straight games including a comeback victory over Nite Feeders in the Championship Game 6-5. Jack Shadduck was named the Tournament MVP. Over $175,000 was raised for the Travis Roy Foundation bringing the 7 year total to just under one-half million dollars.
University of Vermont Sports Teams Visit Little Fenway - September 21st, 2008
Bill Currier and the University of Vermont Baseball Cats visited Little Fenway on Saturday, September 20, 2008, for a Fall team-building Wiffle ball tournament. Many of the strong Catamount hitters went deep at Little Fenway as the wind was blowing out. Home runs at Little Wrigley were fewer and far between with the wind blowing in. Captain Dean Strong and the University of Vermont Hockey Cats visited Little Fenway on Sunday, September, 21, 2008, for some pre-season training. The rain held off and they enjoyed an afternoon of Wiffle ball at both fields.
ALCS Victory - October 25th, 2007
The Boston Red Sox victory over Cleveland in the ALCS on Saturday, October 20th, was viewed on 16x 9 foot HDTV picture on the Green Monster.
Blue Bulls - June 2nd, 2007
The Blue Bulls defeated Shake & Bake 7-2 in the championship game of the 2nd annual Blue Bulls Invitational on June 2nd. Many thanks to the Blue Bulls for their major contributions to the construction of Little Wrigley. On Sunday, June 3rd, the Blue Bulls team helped remove rocks and spread topsoil and seed on Little Wrigley to help prepare the field for the grand opening in August 2007.
Weather and the World Series - February 25th, 2007
Tom Messner, Chief Meteorologist for New Channel 5, gave his television weather forecast at Little Fenway prior to Game 1 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Rockies. He also hit a home run over the Green Monster.
Forums - February 19th, 2007
Little Fenway now has a forum where visitors can leave feedback and comment on the field as well as the site! Click here to visit the forum.
Google Maps - January 3rd, 2007
Little Fenway can be viewed on Google Maps here. Construction of Little Wrigley had not commenced when the photos were taken.
The Echo - September 20th, 2006
The Echo hosts a brief multi-media story on Little Fenway. This article, produced by a St. Michael's College student, includes the latest shots of the field plus the first (brief) shot of Little Wrigley and drainage.
Little Wrigley - At It Again - September 15th, 2006
A small groundbreaking ceremony for Little Wrigley was held Aug 14, 2006. The success of Little Fenway in raising funds for charities like the Travis Roy Foundation has inspired the development of a 2nd field to extend this Wiffle ball dream.
Little Wrigley drainage has been installed, the field has been leveled, and the seed was planted on August 31, 2006. Construction on the outfield fence begins October 7th and the ivy will be planted March 2007. Having two Wiffle ball fields, in the likeness of major league baseball's oldest active ballparks, will enable more teams to play in the Travis Roy Foundation tournament starting in August 2007. Opening Day will be August 10, 2007.
Jarred Williams Foundation - September 15th, 2006
The 1st annual Jarred Williams Foundation Wiffle ball tournament was held September 9-10 at Little Fenway. Ten teams competed and the Blade Runners defeated the Turfmonsters 6-5 in the championship game. Over $8,000 was raised to benefit the Jarred Williams Foundation. This foundation was set up in memory of Jarred Williams, a 13 year old Richmond, Vermont boy who died in 2001 from a brain tumor. The money raised benefits families of children who have a chronic illness. Next year's tournament will be held the second weekend of September, 2007. More details on the event at www.jarredwilliamsfoundation.com.
2006 Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament - August 15th, 2006
Nearly $70,000 was raised this past weekend for the Travis Roy Foundation at the 5th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle ball tournament. Tournament MVP Billy Doyle led the Boston Beef to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Bulls in the Championship game on August 13th. 16 teams competed with the Boston Beef, Blue Bulls, RussWood All-Stars, and the Hockey Monkeys advancing to the playoffs. Eric Sutherland, alias "Big Papi", hit a 3-run walk-off home run for the Turfmonsters in their final game. Bill "Spaceman" Lee pitched home run derby before pitching the second game for the Turfmonsters. Next year's tournament will be held on the weekend of August 10-12, 2007. More details on www.travisroyfoundation.org.
Little Fenway - The Wiffleball Revolution - July 4th, 2001
Little Fenway, Essex Vermont --- "The next best thing to taking batting practice at Fenway Park"..."it's the eighth Wonder of the World"..."the Green Monster, the manual scoreboard, the Citgo sign, the tomato plants in the bullpen, all this place needs is a World Series banner." These are a few of the quotes from baseball enthusiasts who have visited the miniature ballpark known as Little Fenway, located in the valley of the Green Mountains in Essex, Vermont.
Little Fenway is a one-fourth scale replica of Boston's famed Fenway Park designed for WIFFLE ball. The Green Monster is 12.5 feet tall with a six foot net attached above the wall (Monster seats may be added in the future). Built in 2001, Little Fenway is situated in the backyard of Pat & Beth O'Connor about 3.5 hours north of Boston. It has served as the site for numerous charity and community events including a WIFFLE Ball game to benefit the September 11th disaster relief efforts, an annual tournament for the Travis Roy Foundation to benefit research into cures for spinal cord injuries, and weekly charity games sponsored by Vermont's number one radio station, CHAMP 101.3 FM.
"WIFFLE ball is the great equalizer," says Little Fenway owner Pat O'Connor. "It doesn't matter how skilled you are. Men, women, boys and girls can all play WIFFLE ball at the same time and have a lot of fun and laugther. We have had all sorts of folks here - Little Leaguers, youth camps, high school and college athletic teams, professional athletes, former major league ball players, businesses, and even a group of 70-90 year olds from an elderly day care. I never imagined this idea would grow into something which provides so much enjoyment for so many people. We are very blessed. I guess you could call it an east coast Field of Dreams."
What is Little Wrigley?
Little Wrigley is a unique 1/4th scale replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field in the backyard of Pat & Beth O'Connor's house in Essex, Vermont. It was built in 2007 (modeled after Little Fenway) to increase tournament capacity and is used exclusively for Wiffle ball games. Several major charity fund-raising tournaments are held at Little Wrigley every year. To date, over $1.2 Million has been raised for various charities. Smiles, laughter, and warm memories are the name of the game at Little Wrigley.
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