Summary Biography Finished Hofstra career ranked fourth in games playedninth in hitsfifth in home valleys stream mail baseball league 2510th in RBIsand 11th in runs scored Played in and started all 50 games Batted a Finished Hofstra career ranked fourth in games playedninth in hitsfifth in home runs 2510th in RBIsand 11th in runs scored Batted a team-high.
Then Totten, 71, watched as players scurried off for their free hot dogs and the first game of the season. His grandfather, Conrad Totten, organized the league in , along with Watt Howe, publisher of the local newspaper, the Valley Stream Maileader.
Until a few years ago, it was called the Valley Stream Mail League. Hendrickson, threw out the first pitch. In the early days of the league, Totten recalled, games were played at a field on Rockaway Avenue in Gibson, and where Memorial Junior High School now stands.
Totten played in the Mail League from to , most of the time as a first baseman for a team sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church.
He later joined the St. Totten went on to play for the Central High School baseball team. Two decades later, in , he coached a team in the Brentwood Pony League that finished The team was invited to play against a team of year-olds in upstate Cooperstown, and Totten said he never told them that his team was made up of year-olds.
In the mids, he said, he put together a short history of the baseball league.
Recently, at his home in Florida, he began working on his own family history, tracing the roots of the Hendricksons in Valley Stream all the way back to So he contacted league President Bob Inzerillo.