Joe was a baseball fanatic. Not just a fan of the game, but teaching the game to hundreds of young boys and girls throughout his time as a coach. The game of baseball did so much for him: it kept him out of a life of trouble at a young age; helped him get a scholarship to college; and gave him a chance to play professional baseball. It literally changed his life and for that he was eternally indebited. For the rest of his life Joe Consentino decided to "pay it forward" - give back to young kids in the sport just as it had given to him. He touched and changed the lives of so many players in the Ridgefield community and around the country.
Help us continue this mission in his honor and memory by donating today so that we can have a lasting legacy for the young baseball stars now and in the future.
Thank you and God Bless You,
Sandra, Susan & Stephen Consentino
Below is a biography about Joe:
Joseph Consentino was impassioned about baseball. His youth was spent playing on multiple teams every season, often with kids many years his senior. It was commonplace for Joe to play three or four games in a single day. He loved the game and could never get enough of it.
While at St. John’s University he was a three year letterman for their championship baseball team. After graduating he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played several seasons in their minor league system before an injury ended his career. After moving to Ridgefield and starting a family, Joseph applied his baseball acumen to the small diamond - coaching hundreds of young men and women in the Ridgefield Little League. As his players progressed he started the town’s first travel baseball team - the Ridgefield Nighthawks American Legion team. In 1993 Mr. Consentino along with George Foster (former Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets All-Star and Major League home run leader) founded the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). His goal was to give student athletes who lived and/or went to school in New England a better chance to have their talents recognized by major league scouts. 130 NECBL alumni have since played in the Major Leagues through the end of the 2016 season. Right up until the time of his passing, Joseph continued to coach and mentor kids in the community and impart his knowledge of the game and his knowledge of life to make them not only better athletes, but better citizens as well.