Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
Town of Oyster Bay residents and local officials gathered on Saturday, April 27 to re-dedicate the newly renovated little league baseball park known as “Pops” Sabellico Field.
The park, located on Merritts Road in Farmingdale, was first dedicated by the Town in 2001 to posthumously honor James “Pops” Sabellico, a lifetime resident of Farmingdale who dedicated his life to his family and, as a highly regarded baseball coach, the children of the community.
Improvements at the field include newly installed turf, renovated restrooms and a new scoreboard.
Sabellico was born in New York City in 1924 and was one of 10 children. He was a standout baseball player on the city sandlots and later in high school, before trying out with both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. He was invited back to the Yankees, but service to his country took precedence.
He went on to serve with the United States Navy in the European Theatre of Operations aboard the U.S.S. Thurston and served in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Once he returned from the service he married Rose Cavallo and later moved to North Massapequa, raising his two sons, Thomas and Robert. Like their dad, both sons coached baseball and became well known for their ability to teach lessons on the ball field that translated well in the game of life.