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CWLL: 1996 US Champions, 3x New England Champions


Members of the CWLL Hall of Fame have gone above and beyond the call of service and have left a lasting legacy in CWLL. These people truly exemplify what it means to be apart of the CWLL family.


Michael P Varrato

Mike's legacy in CWLL is second to none. He began coaching Elmwood Sports in the Major League Division when his son was playing and he never left. In 1996, he led the league's 12 year old All-Star team to the LLWS and won the United States Championship before losing to Taiwan. Mike gave up coaching Elmwood when he was elected CWLL President in 2004. It was under his guidance as President that CWLL became one of the premier Little Leagues in Rhode Island, as he spearheaded the series of upgrading at the Chafee Complex. In 2008, what was formerly known as Briggs 1 was renamed Michael P Varrato Field, which now, in Mike's vision, contains stadium style seating and a state of the art press box. He was instrumental in our league being awarded to host the 9-10 Eastern Region Tournament. Mike passed away on June, 25, 2014, but his legacy lives on with those still involved in CWLL who look to continue his vision for Little League Baseball.

Dennis DeJesus

Dennis' love for CWLL stretches far beyond the diamond. While serving as President for one year in 2003, Dennis touched a countless number of young kids' lives during his years coaching his son. He also served as an assistant coach on two State Championship All-Star teams in 2007 and 2008. Dennis also served on the Board of Directors as the Ways and Means Coordinator, helping raise thousands of dollars for our league. One of his greatest achievements in CWLL came as the Inaugural Director of the 9-10 Eastern Region Tournament. His countless hours of hard work getting this tournament off the ground has not only been a important fundraiser for our league since its inception in 2010, but it also given hundreds of young players along the East Coast to showcase their skills and has been a feeder system for teams to go on to Wiiliamsport. Dennis continues to help as an assistant coach on Gershkoff Auto Body and as a special guest announcer during tournament play.

Gary Bucci

While Gary has won numerous league championships as the coach of Gershkoff Auto Body, his proudest moments have come during his time as the manager of the 11-12 Year Old All-Star Team. He has won state championships as Manager in 2005, 2008, and 2015. In 2015, he won the New England Championship, earning he and his team a trip to the LLWS, a first for CWLL since 1996. Gary is known for getting the most out of every player he coaches, and he enjoys watching the progression of his players throughout the season. Though he may be tough, his players respect and love playing for Coach Bucci. Gary currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors.

Stephen Mancini

Steve was a "jack of all trades" during his time at CWLL. He served on the Board of Directors in a variety of positions, including Ways and Means Coordinator, Registrar, Umpire Coordinator, and whatever else needed to be done. He also played an integral role in the first few years of the 9-10 Eastern Region Tournament. 

Richard D Santamaria

Richard was involved with CWLL for over 50 years, most notably during his tenure as league President. A field at the John Chafee Complex was named after him in honor of his dedication and support of Cranston Western Little League.

Joseph Corso
Joe has been a long time Board Member, Coach, Mentor and longtime coordinator of the CWLL Challenger's Division, which continues to be one of the few remaining Challengers programs in the state. His program was recognized last season spending the day on the field at Fenway Park, a day in which the kids will never forget. One played was quoted telling Joe "Coach, this is the best day of my life". He is truly humbled to see current and former players volunteer when the Challengers are playing. 
During the regular season, playoffs, all stars or any tournament, you can always find Joe lending a hand at the grill or on the field. His heart and dedication has never gone unnoticed by his CWLL peers.

Nicholas A. Mattiello
House Speaker Mattiello has been a longtime supporter of CWLL serving as a coach to his two sons Nick and Tony. He along with his wife MaryAnn, were proud parents watching their sons win the RI State Little League Championship and advancing to Bristol,CT for Regionals. In 2006, Nick was elected to the House District 15 escalating to Speaker of the House since 2014. The speaker has not forgotten not forgotten his roots, securing legislative funds for the program with along with his own personal support. Each season the Speaker returns for Opening Day Ceremonies to see many facility upgrades and safety provisions for the players. He is humbled knowing his support of CWLL has made many memories possible for the players and families for years to come.

James A. Procaccianti 
Referred to as "Proc"  from his CWLL family, James has a been a longtime member of CWLL family. HIs longtime love for the game dates back to his years playing along with watching his son Jake playing a prominent role on many CWLL All Star teams. When a plan was finalized to turn Varrato field into what it is today, Proc was the first to pledge his unwavering support, vision and guidance to help get the project off the ground. Long after his son's playing career Proc has always remained a close phone call away for the Eastern Regional Tournament, offering prize packages and any other support that he can for the league.