Children and Youth

San Benito Babe Ruth kicks off 60th season

Veterans Memorial Park is also hosting a semipro team this summer and is in need of local families to provide players a place to stay at times

The San Benito Babe Ruth baseball league kicked off its 60th season with a ceremony on May 13 at Veterans' Memorial Park and this week is reaching out to the community seeking sponsor families with whom members of the semi-pro Monterey Amberjacks could stay when they play their weekly Monday night game in Hollister.

The opening ceremonies featured current and former players in the Babe Ruth and Bambino divisions, along with coaches and families and included a presentation of colors by Hollister Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9242.

Jenny Arbizu sang the National Anthem and Louie Aguirre, who pitched for the Babe Ruth Tigers in 1957, threw out the first pitch.

Starting June 5, the Monterey Amberjacks of the Pecos League will play one game per week at Vets' Park. The team held its first practice in Hollister on Monday, May 22 and invited the community to a meet-and-greet with players at 5 p.m. in an effort to introduce the team to the community and encourage locals to offer a place to stay to some players when they are in town.

For more information about hosting a player, contact Babe Ruth President Greg Lopez at 831-902-7383.

BenitoLink photographer Joshua Miller attended the Babe Ruth opening ceremony and shares his photos here.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.