AAABA Baseball Tournament
The All American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) is comprised of 23 franchises located across the United States. Teams compete throughout the summer with their sights set on a single purpose—a trip to Johnstown, PA for a chance at the national title.
The contest kicks off Monday, August 10th, culminating in the Championship Game, scheduled for Sunday, August 16th at Johnstown’s Point Stadium. During the week, 16 teams will vie for the national title in a double-elimination tournament.
“This tournament is one of the longest running traditions in Johnstown and has been bringing our community together for generations,” states Brian Varmecky, Webmaster for the tournament portal www.aaabatournament.com. “For some people, Opening Night of the AAABA is the only sporting event they attend, but it’s such a defining moment for residents of Johnstown that they wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
While competition is centered at the Point Stadium, other area fields host play to handle the large volume of games taking place early in the tournament. The locations include:
- Point Stadium-Hosts games the duration of the tournament (click here for a map).
- Roxbury Park—Hosts games for the first four days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- George Arcurio, Jr. Field—Hosts games for the first four days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- Portage—Hosts games for the first two days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- Lilly Field—Hosts games for the first two days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- Franklin Field—Hosts games for the first two days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown —Hosts games for the first two days of the tournament (click here for a map).
- Cambria Township Recreation Park (Revloc)—Hosts games for the first two days of the tournament (click here for a map).
Another highlight of the tournament is the Hall of Fame Banquet, held Saturday, August 8th, at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown, which will feature speeches by Ken Tekulve and Grant Jackson, pitchers for the 1979 World Series-winning Pittsburgh Pirates.
While it’s the boys-of-summer on the field, the tournament offers up opportunities for young women, as well. Each year a select number of ladies between the ages of 17 and 20 are chosen to help represent the tournament as AAABA Ambassadors. In this role they sell advertisements and tickets, and help to put a happy face on the event for locals and visitors alike.
An excellent resource for the AAABA Tournament is www.aaabatournament.com, where you can find extensive tournament details, history, photos and more. Throughout the week the Web site will be updated with scores, brackets and associated items, making it a premier resource for tournament-related information.
As we roll through the last month of summer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better baseball at a better price (tickets for games at the Point Stadium are available at a nominal fee and admission for games at all other parks is free). As Mr. Varmecky says, “The players are young and athletic, and they play with a true passion for the game. They come here after a full summer of regular season games with a chance to end their year on top as national champions. It’s a thrill for the players and great entertainment for the fans.”
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