The Bronx Bummer

It was the season's saddest scandal: a boy who was a little too good, and a little too old, for Little League

Friday afternoon was warm and muggy in the Bronx, and the mood on the street was desultory, depressed. Hours earlier, Dominican officials had declared local hero Danny Almonte to be 14 years old, and in a few more hours, Little League officials would declare that, therefore, all games played by Danny's Rolando Paulino All-Star team--known as the Baby Bombers after their Big League neighbors at Yankee Stadium--were forfeit. The team's founder, Rolando Paulino, and Danny's father Felipe de Jesus Almonte were barred from Little League for life. "We were so proud these kids were on the front pages," said Julio Heredia...

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