Approximately 28 teammates of the Malden Merchants and the Augustine A’s, both semiprofessional inter-city baseball leagues, shared sentimental memories of over the last 53 years and played ball at Devir Park on Sunday. Sunday was the last time the teammates will play on the mound, because a block grant will result in a Devir Park transformation to a softball, lacrosse and soccer national turf field in the coming years. Many of the players had helped the Malden teams to win the championships in the 1970s, and they played for minor and major leagues, including as a Boston Red Sox farmhand, Suffolk University catcher and St. Louis Cardinal’s farmhand. The Malden Merchants were the original team that won the championship in 1972 then became the Augustine A’s that won seven other championships.
Pisa Pizza and Pearl Street Station Restaurant donated approximately 25 pizzas.