In 1956 Pony League play was added (ages 13-15) and consisted of four teams: Cubs, White Sox, Cardinals and Red Sox. Mayor Harry Apgar threw out the first ball for the opening ceremonies in 1956, and expansion was under way.
1956 league champions were:
Pony League: American Legion White Sox
Small Fry League: Polish National Home Dodgers
With the addition of the new age group, the club decided to change its name. Small Fry Baseball became the South Plainfield Junior Athletic Club. In 1958 a “Farm System League” was added, later to be called the B League. This was initially set up like the major leagues’ minor league system, with each farm team affiliated with a team in the Small Fry League. A third league was added in 1962 for the 9 to 12 year old age group (named the “C” League).
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