GDSL History

It was August 4, 1919 two teams, the Tigers and Orioles met on the Basin lot in a twilight game.  It was a typical sandlot contest. Few players were uniformed. The fans present stood for there were no seats.

So a new league, designed to provide working men to play ball, was rather timorously launched.

Little did the group of pioneers which organized the circuit dream that it creation would grow in popularity and power through the years and parade into its 10th decade on a firm structure.



Cardines field, Newport, RI

Cardines field ground rules. Starting at home plate working around the field from right to left.  

  • On deck circle is out of play from the green pole to the end of extended netting.

  • The space between the dugouts is out of play.

  • A baseball gets stuck in the roll out tarp, player must raise hand and not try to play the ball. 

  • A player may put a foot on the tarp to catch a ball, but not two feet and attempt to launch and catch a ball.

  • Any baseball that hits the netting in right field above the fence will be considered a home run.

  • Any baseball that hits the light pole in right center above the fence line will be considered a home run.

  • Any baseball that hits a tree below the fence line will be in play. If a ball hits the trees above the fence line it will be considered a home run.

  • The bull pens are in play. ignore the white painted line.

  • Anything to the left from the tire of the turtle to the end of the fence line on the 3rd base side is considered out of play


Sprague Park, Narragansett, RI