Last Updated: May 26, 2015
 

We strive for excellence..........on, off, before, during, and after

"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder then the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."
~~~~~~~~ Abraham Lincoln

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“If you build it……………………… they will come” – Field of Dreams, 1989

If you’ve seen the movie, you know the line well. The voice heard by Kevin Costner, who stars as a corn farmer and avid baseball fan, inspires him to build a baseball field on his farm with hopes of having legendary baseball players come play on it. In the end, the field is a state of the art baseball palace, and the players do, indeed, come.

In August of 1997, Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball (then known as Bayonne Bambino Baseball) set out on a similar mission. With a vision to produce the greatest youth baseball program of its time, a group of men formed a league and called 5th Street field their home.

The field was a disaster. The compound was more than questionable. There were no dugouts, no press box, no running water, no electricity, no outfield fences, no scoreboard, no clubhouse, no bathrooms, and no concession stand.

But one thing that was not missing………. was a dream. A dream to make this “baseball diamond-in-the-rough” a place that both kids and parents would someday to be proud to come to.

In 18 years, the lot at 5th Street Field has become The Yard @ Haddad Stadium.

From four men with a “pipe dream” to over 100 volunteers and growing today………..

From having an outfield fence made of construction fencing to erecting the Sign Monster in left …

From carrying numbers out on a home-made scoreboard in between innings to the Orange Crush..

From sitting on park benches behind make-shift fencing to building Major League style dugouts…

From keeping score behind the backstop in a lounge chair to doing it in the Press Box…..

From the Port-a-Jon to the first-rate Rest Room facilities…………

From selling soda from a cooler to selling everything in the Stop N Shop Snack Shack……………

From having meetings off site in a recreation building to having them in our own Club House…….

From playing on a dangerous field to installing Field Turf – the most amazing playing surface of our time.

From a gravel parking lot to a magnificently paved one...

From Mission Impossible to Mission Accomplished !

In 1998, you’d have been reluctant to take your dog to this compound………In 2005, the Foot Locker Corporation entered into an agreement to have their illustrious name stamped on it. Then, in 2009, Haddad Corporation took over sponsorship rights for the field.

A big dream, dozens of great people, and a vision that never stops with an emphasis on doing what’s right for the kids of our town. And from 1998 through 2003, we did it all without having a mandatory registration fee to participate. Imagine that !

If you’re not growing, you’re dying…….and without a big dream, you’re dead. 

We won’t stop dreaming and we hope you can help us be a part of the already historic movement we call Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball.


Upcoming Games/Practices

Tuesday,  May 26
Majors
Bergen Point Pharmacy @ Verve 5:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
McCabe's @ Pizza Masters 7:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
Bielan Law @ Jersey City TBA JERSEY CITY - Metro Field (westside ave)
Wednesday,  May 27
Majors
The Rock @ Modell's 7:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Rookie
Logan Towing @ DiBella Construction 5:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
Bielan Law @ Dr. Condo's 7:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park
Thursday,  May 28
Rookie
Big Apple @ PBA 5:30pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Archie's Cab @ Mark Sports 7:30pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Friday,  May 29
Prep
Hudacko's Pharmacy @ MJ Desmonds 5:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
AFC @ Bielan Law 7:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park
Saturday,  May 30
Instructional
Broadway Diner Orioles @ Kenny T's Yankees 9:00am The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Weichert Real Estate Giants @ Universal Prints Reds 10:15am The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Bambino
Lapinski Photo @ Mingoia Chiropractic 11:30am The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
Dr. Condo's @ AFC 5:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park
Sunday,  May 31
Rookie
PBA @ Logan Towing 2:00pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Mark Sports @ Big Apple 4:00pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
DiBella Construction @ Archie's Cab 6:00pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Instructional
Dr. Gabe Doria A's @ Kellner Agency Cubs 10:15am The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Bambino
Lapinski Photo @ Seawolf Marine 11:30am The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Monday,  Jun 1
Prep
MJ Desmonds @ A+ Custom Printing 5:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Tuesday,  Jun 2
Babe Ruth
Weehawken @ Bielan Law 7:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park
Wednesday,  Jun 3
Rookie
PBA @ Archie's Cab 5:45pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
Weehawken @ AFC 7:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park
Thursday,  Jun 4
Rookie
Logan Towing @ Big Apple 5:30pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
DiBella Construction @ Mark Sports 7:30pm The Yard @ Haddad Stadium
Babe Ruth
Weehawken @ Dr. Condo's 7:00pm Bayonne - 16 th Street Park

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