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RECREATIONAL MINOR BOYS' BASEBALL LEAGUE. Established in July 1944, the league was for boys 13 years of age and younger. It was formed under the sponsorship of the Recreation Department under the guidance of Gerald "Red" MCALEECE, Recreation Boys' League president.

The league was to serve as a training ground for boys who could graduate to the league for older boys in the future. James NORA of the Recreation Department was in charge of the league's operations.

Four teams (Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, Browns) were in the league. Each team played two games each week--one on Wednesday morning and the other on Friday morning. All games were held at the Municipal Athletic Field. Games were limited to five innings and distances would be reduced between bases from 90 to 80 feet and the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate would be reduced from 60.5 feet to 54 feet.