- Posted July 24, 2009 by
Watertown, New York
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Willie Putnam Memorial Youth Baseball Tournament 2009 Highlights
"The 27th annual Willie Putnam Memorial Baseball Tournament was held July 17, 18, and 19, 2009 at fields in Cape Vincent, Chaumont, Dexter, Glen Park, and Watertown, New York.
Approximately fifty teams from Northern New York and Southern Ontario participated.
The first Willie Putnam Memorial Baseball Tournament was held in 1983, a year after the death of twelve year old, William ("Willie") Putnam from a biking accident.
It was originally meant to be a one-time event for the boys and girls in the 10 - 12 year old division of the Thousand Islands League. However, due to the positive response, it was decided to hold a second tournament in 1984.
The tournament has continued to grow in size and popularity over the years. Teams have visited from as far away as Quebec and New Hampshire to participate.
My son's team, "Byrne Dairy " clinched their division by winning all three games Saturday and Sunday to go undefeated. The final inning, everyone hit and scored 5 runs to win the game.
A drawing was held where a bike was given to one lucky boy or girl from each participating team. After each game, MVP awards where handed out to the 2 players , one from each team, that the coaches felt contributed the most to the game.
My boys are David, #10 and Daniel, #3.