opinion Newport Rhode Island

August 4th, 1919…..

Who would’ve thought that, a century later, the Sunset League, now the George Donnelly Sunset League, would still be active, and thriving?

Certainly, when Dr. Peter Integlia and Arthur Leland set out to start a new baseball league in Newport that fall, no one thought it would last 100 years.  After Manager Vietri of the Bijou Theatre threw the ceremonial first pitch, George Tubley of the Orioles toed the rubber and started the Sunset League.

We have faced many obstacles, from financial instability to the potential of the tearing down William H. Warrens-designed and built Basin Field,  now Cardines Field, for a parking lot. The league started on two different fields in Newport, one at Wellington Park and the other field at what now call Cardines Field.

Players have come from all over the country to play in the Sunset League. We have had teams from the Army, Navy, and Marines. Teams from New Haven, CT to New Bedford, MA up to Pawtucket, RI and down to Bristol, RI,  while maintaining a great selection of players from Newport itself.

As the Commissioner of the League, I take great pride in its history of the league and the fact it is an integral part of the fabric that is this great city of Newport.

I encourage you to come down to Cardines Field this summer to catch some quality amateur, wooden bat baseball in a historic ballpark. Truly nothing beats sitting in the third base stands watching a game as the sun sets over Newport Harbor.  You can see what a great place the City by the Sea is – all while watching America’s Pastime.

Thank you,

Chris La Rose

Commissioner GDSL

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.