Volume 76, Number 47 | April 18 - 24, 2007

Villager photos by Elisabeth Robert

Amazin’ G.V.L.L. Opening Day

Sneaking in before the nor’easter drenched the city, the Greenwich Village Little League held Opening Day ceremonies Saturday at J.J. Walker Field. Clockwise from right: Art Shamsky, star slugger on the World Champion 1969 Mets and currently a manger in the new Israel Baseball League, tossed the season’s first pitch;

From left, Shamsky; Tom Ellett, G.V.L.L. president; Borough President Scott Stringer; and Council Speaker Christine Quinn during the national anthem; brothers Theo, 12, left, and Jacob Landsman, 10, played with their No. 1 fan, Atlas; Cardinals Sherman Cravens, 8, left, and Jacob McConaughy, 9, applauded the start of play. Opposite page top, the Cubs T-ballers took the field;

Bottom, Zachary Weiss stole a base…er, doughnut. Tobi Bergman, Pier Park & Playground Association president and the league’s founder, gave a speech saying why Pier 40 must be preserved for youth athletics. Ellett and Stringer donned T-shirts reading “We § Our Pier 40 Fields.”

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