George Donnelly Sunset League

Established August 4, 1919

Entering our 104th season of baseball. We are an amateur baseball league based out of Newport, RI.  


Our Story

Founded in 1919 by Dr Peter Integlia and Arthur Leland, the GDSL has been in continuous operation since then. The Original six were Richmonds, Tigers, Orioles, Braves, Clean-Ups and Ironsides.  Over 100 different teams and thousands of players representing Fraternal bodies and other organizations, business establishments, Army and Navy posts, and even ships of the Naval Fleet have helped develop the league.


Alumni Director

Dom Coro

GDSL rulebook


  • Any team holding a franchise in the GDSL shall retain and exercise its franchise without need for re-acceptance to membership, providing that it has fulfilled all of its obligations to the league.

  • Each franchise is entitled to one vote on all matters brought to a vote at a league meeting.  All matters shall be decided by a simple majority of members present. If there is a tie among the votes, the league commissioner will step in to vote and decide the majority. 

  • All GDSL franchises agree to abide by the rules, regulations and obligations. 

  • If a franchise does not abide by the rules, regulations and obligations, it is subject to revocation. 

    • The following steps will occur if a franchise is to be revoked.

    • The franchise that is to be revoked must be told so in writing by the commissioner.

    • An emergency league meeting will be held.  At the league meeting the franchise that is to be revoked will have a chance to answer the charges and defend themselves.

    • To revoke a franchise it must take a majority of franchise holders voting. The commissioner is not allowed to vote on this matter, even to break a tie.

    • In the event of a tie vote, the franchise will be placed on probation for a season. If another violation occurs. They are immediately expelled from the league.

If a franchise is revoked, they will have the opportunity to re-apply for league membership the following season.


The roster limit is 28 per franchise. 


Player Movement

  • A player is not considered to be on a team until he has played in a game or paid his league fee for a team.

  • If a player is to move teams during the season he needs to let the commissioner know his intent along with the player's current team. 

    • A player can move as long as his financial commitment is taken care of to his current team, and he is granted a release by his current team

  • If a player owes a league fee to a team, he can be blacklisted until the player pays his league fee to the prior team.  


  • Protest Procedure: Games are to be protested within 24 hours of completion. The commissioner will then respond to the protest within 24 hours.

  • Shortened Season: The commissioner may cut short the season and/or the playoffs in order to complete the season and/or playoffs in a timely manner in the event of rain outs or outside circumstances. This will be brought up at an emergency meeting and discussed and voted on.

  • Make-Up Games: Unless otherwise agreed upon, all GDSL games will be played to completion.  We may use other fields to achieve this. 

  • Forfeits: If a team should forfeit, they will be fined $260.00 dollars to be paid by the next game. If they do not pay by the next game they will be subject to league revocation.

  • Suspended Games: Games will be suspended if it is a tie game going into the curfew. The suspended game will be finished the next time the two teams play.

  • Grace Period: If the manager feels that he needs an extra 10-15 minutes to get his guys there, he must request to the commissioner a time extension at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game. A grace period will not be granted for a GDSL game that follows a Babe Ruth game. 

Rules of Play

The MLB rulebook shall govern the playing of all league games except rules that are specific to the GDSL as contained herein.   


  • Designated Hitter/P

    • A team can utilize their pitcher as a DH also. On the lineup card the manager will have to designate their pitcher as a DH/1. Once the pitcher is out of the game he continues in the lineup as a DH

  • Slide Rule 

    • If there happens to be a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly is in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge. If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line with clear possession of the ball, the runner may make contact, slide into or make contact with a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base (plate).

    • Contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate.  The runner may not attempt to dislodge the ball from the fielder. Contact above the waist shall be judged by the umpire as an attempt by the runner to dislodge the ball.  The runner must attempt to avoid a collision if he can reach the base without colliding.  If the runner’s path to the base is blocked and (a), (b) and (c) are fulfilled, it is considered unavoidable contact

  • Mercy Rule

    • The GDSL mercy rule consists of ten (10) runs after seven (7) innings of play for a nine (9) inning game.  It is ten (10) after five (5) innings of play for a seven (7) inning game.

  • Extra Hitter

    • The extra hitter can play any defensive position with the exception of the pitcher.  If you choose to use the extra hitter, he must be used for the entire game.  Once a player is marked on the lineup card as the EH, he is not able to pitch that game.

  • Speed up Runner

    • The speed up runner is allowed for the catcher only with 2 outs in the inning, If you choose to utilize the speed up runner, it must be the last recorded out that is not a pitcher.


  • Playoff Eligibility

    • To be eligible for the playoffs, a player must appear in 6 games throughout the season

  • Playoff format:

    • Round 1: 3 v 6 & 4 v 5 (single elimination)

    • Round 2: #1 v 4v5 winner & #2 v 3v6 winner (best of 3)

    • Finals: Best of 3

  • Seeding 

    • Seeding will be determined by the final standings. 

  • Tiebreakers

    • Record v tied teams

    • Run differential between tied teams.

Code of ethics

  • Players must refrain from using vile and profane language. In general, it is expected that players will be under control and not use obscenities. It is further expected that the manager will control the language used by their teams.

  • Any physical violence is subject to immediate expulsion from the league.  Game personnel will not use language that reflects negatively on opposing players, coaches, umpires or spectators

  • Ejections 

    • All ejections will carry a minimum of one (1) game suspension.  The ejected player must leave the field in a timely manner without disrupting the game. The commissioner will determine if the ejection is more than one (1) game.

      • First ejection. One game suspension

        • Notification of appeal from the player or manager immediately following the game.

        • The commissioner will discuss with both managers at the game along with the officials at the game.

        • The appeal will be settled within 24 hours of notification 

      • Second ejection. Two game suspension. Can not be appealed.

      • Third ejection. Automatic suspension for the reminder of the season. Can not be appealed.

  • Abuse of Officials 

    • Any verbal or physical abuse of officials is not permitted and will result in a season suspension. This will not be appealable

  • Fighting 

    • Any fighting or bench clearing incidents will result in immediate suspension and will be determined by the commissioner with no chance at an appeal.

  • Intentionally Throwing at a Batter 

    • Any pitcher that is ejected for intentionally throwing at a batter shall be suspended for the team’s next four consecutive games. If a pitcher does it a second time the player will be expelled from the league.

  • Verbal Behavior

    • Game personnel will not use language that reflects negatively on opposing players, coaches, umpires or spectators. The umpire will issue a warning and if the abuse continues will eject the offending person(s).