Southern New Jersey    

            District 1 Babe Ruth Baseball

 John Villella
Southern NJ District 1 Commissioner
167 Clover Ave. Trenton, NJ 08638
(609) 883-5608


Presidents Meeting

UPDATE - The meeting has been moved to MONDAY, April 16, 2018 @ 7pm

at Babe Ruth Headquarters 1670 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Topics for discussion include 2018 District Fees

Please ensure your league is represented. 

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Babe Ruth League Mourns the Loss of Raymond Lotierzo


Lotierzo -RIP


Babe Ruth League bids farewell to a legend, Raymond A. Lotierzo, who passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 

Ray Lotierzo had two loves in his life - his family and Babe Ruth League. And the two were intimately intertwined.  Ray was a fixture at the ballpark, first as a father and baseball coach for his sons, and then later just because Babe Ruth League was a part of who he was.  He truly enjoyed watching youngsters play the game and have fun.

Ray began his affiliation with Babe Ruth League in 1965, serving at the local league level as a coach, manager, League Treasurer and League President.  After leaving the local league level, he held the positions of District Commissioner, Assistant State Commissioner and State Commissioner for the Southern New Jersey Babe Ruth Leagues.  From 1996 to his untimely passing, Ray served as the Middle Atlantic Regional Commissioner and a member of the International Board of Directors of Babe Ruth League, Inc. “Ray had been involved with our program for over 50 years.” President/CEO Steven Tellefsen stated. “His dedication has helped enrich the experience of many Babe Ruth participants."

Ray Lotierzo was an amazing and caring individual, and one of those volunteers who stood head and shoulders above the rest. He was a strong supporter of youth sports and of providing kids with many valuable life lessons. He loved watching the kids develop into real, true citizens.  Many of the kids Ray coached are now coaches. To see the success they have and the way they teach the game made Ray very proud.

Predeceased by his wife Barbara and sons Keith and Larry, Ray is survived by his children Raymond  Jr., Stewart, Francis and Michael Lotierzo, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Babe Ruth League is extremely fortunate to have had Ray Lotierzo a member of its team.  He was a hard-working, tireless volunteer who gave so much back to the Babe Ruth League community.  His memory will live on in all of us.  Ray Lotierzo was Babe Ruth Royalty and is truly a Legend.






Presents the first annual







John Villella reflects on 25 years as
District One Babe Ruth League commissioner
Posted: 09/24/14, 4:15 PM EDT |

Over the last 25 years, a lot has changed in the structure, coaching and administration of youth baseball.
However, the one constant factor has been the role of John Villella as the Babe Ruth League District One Commissioner.

Leagues have changed, league presidents have changed ... even the rules have changed, yet under the leadership of Villella, baseball in District One has continued to operate at a standard that rises above it all.
Babe Ruth’s headquarters have been based in Mercer County since its inception and the tireless efforts of Villella to maintain a top-notch district have not gone unnoticed.

“District One is the flagship area for the Babe Ruth League,” said BRL vice president Robert Faherty. “It is the home of where it all started and John represents the Babe Ruth League with great passion.”
Villella’s passion has been burning since he managed in the Ewing Babe Ruth League. Over the last 25 years, Villella has taken District One to the highest level.

Whether it is a league president, a state commissioner, a regional commissioner or BRL headquarters they all know they can call on Villella for help and support.

Villella’s involvement in Babe Ruth Baseball covers 42 years, and in an era where change in leadership is often, Villella continues to carry the BRL mantle.

Under Villella’s guidance, District One has seen fall baseball grow each year. The all-tournament game at Arm & Hammer Park (formerly Waterfront Park), a cooperative effort with the Trenton Thunder, has been an event close to Villella’s heart.

“It’s really great to be able to give the kids an opportunity to play a game there,” Villella said. “It’s about being able to do something for the kids.”

This year every state tournament at the Babe Ruth level was hosted by a league in District One. It’s a tribute to Villella and his staff that the district has become the premier host of Babe Ruth baseball.

“It really makes me feel good that the tournaments are here,” Villella said. “It’s a compliment to my staff and me. I have a very hard working staff. Jack Lippincott was on my staff for 23 years and I couldn’t ask for a better commissioner. Tony Gould has been there for 20 some years and he just retired. Guys like that have helped me make the district what it is.”

The district allows kids to learn the game, play the game and play it in an extremely well organized venue.

“John is committed to the leagues and the players in District One,” Faherty said. “His experience as a Babe Ruth parent, coach and league administrator has made it personal for John. Babe Ruth headquarters has the utmost respect for John and his staff for the many years of dedicated and tireless service.”
Right there with Villella has been his wife, Joan. She not only provides him with the time to foster his passion, she gives all she can to make the district better, too.

“I just try to do the right thing for everyone especially the kids” Villella said. “Joan has been a treasure for this district. I’ve been lucky to surround myself with a great staff and the presidents in this district are wonderful”
Villella’s passion, dedication and love for Babe Ruth baseball over the past 25 years have made District One a special place for kids to play the game.

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District One is the best that Babe Ruth League baseball has to offer...
TRENTONIAN, 07/13/2004 -
"A district like no other: District One is the best that Babe Ruth League baseball has to offer...District One is the envy of the seven other districts that are in Southern New Jersey. No district has as many teams,or players as talented, as the ones competing in
District One...people in this district take their Babe Ruth baseball very seriously, provide superior facilities and give the media the best working conditions to promote the game.