1950 National Champions 1951 National Champions 1957 National Runners-Up 1963 National Champions 1994 National Champions

1963 Holyoke Regional Champions 1977 Altoona Regional Champions 2001 Altoona Regional Champions

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
207 98 - 109 0.473 1207 1328 -121

Joined 1945
First Tournament 1945
Last Tournament 2014
Franchise Status Active
   
Seasons 69
Regionals 18
Tournaments 57
   
Best Finish 1st
Worst Finish 20th
Average Finish 9th
DNQs 12
   
Upper Bracket 13
Lower Bracket 11

 

1st 4 Finalist 5
2nd 1
3rd 2 At or above
500
26
4th 2
5th 4
6th 2
7th 6
8th 5
9th 3 Below
500
31
10th 4
11th 7
12th 7
13th 1
14th 4
15th 3
16th+ 1

About Brooklyn

The city of Brooklyn has a proud history and its AAABA franchise can boast the same. Brooklyn has won 4 championships, which is the 5th best of all franchises. They are 1 of only 6 clubs to win multiple championships, and 1 of only 3 active clubs to have won the championship.

Brooklyn competed in the first AAABA tournament in 1945 and has fielded a team every year except 1956. They won their first championship in 1950 and became the first team to win multiple titles when they defended their crown in 1951. The Cadets added a 3rd championship in 1963 while the Gravesend Youth Center was runner-up in 1957.

Beginning in 1966 and until the present day, only the Big Four have been able to win the championship (Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington and Detroit). The lone exception came in 1994 when Rafael Lozada led his Youth Service team to the finals. The team featured future major leaguers Nelson Figueroa (Philadelphia), Julio Lugo (Houston) and Jose Nunez (LA Dodgers).

Brooklyn opened the 1994 campaign with a 17-3 mercy rule trouncing of Lansing. Trailing by 3, Brooklyn scored 11 times in the 4th inning, including a grand slam from Lugo. They then shut out host Johnstown 6-0 on Sunday night before a surprising 12-1 mercy rule loss to Altoona (in Altoona's second game of the day).

Tuesday brought a new challenge, as Brooklyn survived a 2-1 nail biter against Columbus with Robert Vaz III picking up the complete game 4-hit win with 7 strike outs. They advanced past Youngstown with a more comfortable 7-3 game on Thursday to set up a rematch with undefeated Altoona.

The LS Fiore team was the first Altoona team to reach the finals and first to remain undefeated through 5 games. Locals embraced the almost-hometown team who needed to win only 1 game for the title, but the spirited Brooklyn side won 9-5 on Friday to even the teams' records at 5-1. On Saturday, Brooklyn stormed past Altoona 12-2 in 8 innings for the championship.

Sadly for Brooklyn, there was no momentum gained from the championship, as they failed to escape regionals in 1995. Over the next 7 years, Brooklyn teams lost on the opening day 5 times. Recent years have been even more difficult. In the past 7 seasons, Brooklyn has lost in regionals twice and only has one winning season: a 3rd place finish in 2009 from the Bonnie Rams.

Even with those woes, Brooklyn has one of the highest winning percentages of active teams at 0.478 and are consistent fan favorites for their enthusiasm and exuberance.


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