The Northrop Baseball League was organized and will continue to operate with one simple goal in mind: to provide children a quality program, in a safe environment, under the supervision of dedicated and talented volunteers, at a reasonable cost to their f
History of the Douglas C. Northrop Baseball League
Who was Douglas C. Northrop? At 16 years old he lived in the Glenbrook area in the early forties. He would gather young neighborhood kids in the park next to Stark School and teach the boys how to play baseball and other games in the park. They say that most times when you drove by the park that he was playing with the kids. As he turned 18, he volunteered and joined the Army. He was assigned to a B59 Bombing crew. At 19 years old he was shot down over Germany and lost his life.
When Art Davis, who started the Glenbrook Little League, asked his Board of Directors from Glenbrook to suggest a name for the new league, the Board (now 20 years later) remembered 'Dougie' and his ultimate sacrifice and caring about the kids. Through the years he has been fondly referred to as the “Pied Piper of Glenbrook”.
In 1965 Art Davis, “Father of Douglas Northrop Little League”, received its first charter in his name. We started with no dugouts, fencing, umpires, sponsors and a field for 90 Glenbrook boys. Art got Tom Pia Sr. (President of National Little League) to be our League advisor. Under his guidance, Northrop was the first league (nationally) to have a 2 full innings and must bat rule. He got 5 volunteer umpires from Lawn Avenue and Custer Street housing complex. John Gawlak became our umpire and chief. Northrop also had a senior baseball player from Rippowam High School and played in the National Little League. Hearing of our umpires he volunteered his time coaching and umpired in Northrop. He must have loved it as he continued coaching in Japan and then came back home to CT/NY. He did not pursue umpiring.
Our dugouts were telephone poles with planks nailed to the tops. Coach Lou Lombardo & Sons of Glenbrook built and donated the dugouts to the league. The broadcast booth and hot dog stand was built with funds raised by the parents passing the hat and great sponsors like Omega Engineering, Consolidated Excavation, Glenbrook Athletic Club (G.A.C.) and Perna Brothers Construction.
Help and guidance of all this could not be possible without the City of Stamford in finding a field for Northrop Little League in Glenbrook. Thanks go out to the Parks and Recreation Department in maintaining the field. To this day they still do a great job with all Stamford fields. Praise goes out to our ground crews.
Through the years Northrop had a 17 year old outfield coach who remains active to this day. He held every position possible in Northrop. A few years ago he was even seen cutting and lining the T-ball League field. The first Northrop manager, Bob Davis, stood in awe of his 17 year old coach. Today we have that 17 year old coach as our League Advisor – Tom Pia Sr.’s son, Jerry Pia. From Art Davis and the parents of over 5,000 Glenbrook Little Leaguers we say “Thank you Jerry.”
We pledge to honor Douglas C. Northrop's name and his ultimate young sacrifice as he did his best. The National Little League pledge says it well. “I trust God, I love my country and I will respect its laws. I will play fair and try to win, but win or lose I will always do my best.”