Massey Knakal won the 2013 Real Estate League Championship after a late inning, come-from-behind win powered by a home-run blast by captain Cameron Mitchell.
The team beat Robert K. Futterman 7-5 following a play-off at Hechscher Field played in front of a crowd that included colleagues, league players and Central Park visitors.
Paul Massey, CEO of Massey Knakal Real Estate, and Robert Futterman, chairman and CEO, RKF and Associates, threw out the honorary first pitches for the game, which was adjudicated by three umpires and overseen by league commissioner James Saunders, executive managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
“The Championship was an exciting game with effective pitching, timely hitting and tight defenses on both sides,ˮ said Commissioner Saunders. “There were lead changes, close plays, crowd involvement and ultimately warm congratulations between the teams at game’s end.ˮ
Now in its 25th year, the Real Estate League is a New York softball league comprised of REBNY companies who play at Central Park’s Hechscher, Great Lawn and North Meadow ball fields during a season that runs from Memorial Day through July. The top six teams earn berths into the league’s playoffs, which start in early August and culminate in the league’s championship game the week before Labor Day.
Currently nine teams compete in the league, each with 20 players. Cassidy Turley, CBRE, Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield, Robert K. Futterman Jones Land LaSalle, Massey Knakal, Marcus and Millicap, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank each have a team in the league.
“The league provides a platform for friendly yet hard fought athletic competition between companies and brokers that regularly compete in New York’s commercial real estate market,” said Saunders, noting that there are codified rules and regulations for the league, which retains regular outside official umpires and has a commissioner’s office that arranges permits, sets schedules and resolves disputes.