Division: 13-18 Baseball
• Coached & managed teams in Wakefield MA
• League President
• District Director 1969-1975 under MA. & E. MA. State Director George Lally plus other years
• Area Director for four districts and Tournament Director
• Assistant State Commissioner E. MA
• New Hampshire State Commissioner
• Task force member for several World Series Tournaments
• Executive Assistant New England Regional Commissioner for six years
• New England Regional Commissioner for ten years
• Elected to Babe Ruth League National Hall of Fame in 2007
• League President, Portsmouth Babe Ruth 1964 - 1997
• District Commissioner 1976 - 1985
• 13-15 Assistant State Commissioner (Tournament Director) 1986 – 2007
Peter was a tireless volunteer for nearly 50 years. In addition to his active role during league play, he contributed thousands of hours directing fund raising activities to provide a better baseball experience for the youth of the Greater Portsmouth area. Peter always faced problems head on. You never had to worry where Peter stood on an issue. It was very obvious. The players always came first with Peter. On many occasions I heard him speak with kids and the question always was "What do you want to do?" Whether it was playing All Stars or some other parent/player issue.
Peter expanded the Portsmouth Babe Ruth League over the years to include several surrounding communities that had no organized youth baseball for 13-18 year olds. Peter was one of the first people who recognized a need for a Prep League and Portsmouth was one of the first leagues in the country to offer this program. Since its inception, Portsmouth Babe Ruth has been able to maintain league numbers between 100 and 150 players even after the closure of Pease Air Force Base that caused a drastic reduction in the area's population.
Prior to his joining Babe Ruth, Peter was a loyal Little League volunteer. For 10 years he served as Player Agent for Portsmouth American LL. He also was a regular umpire working almost every evening from April through July. Each spring, Peter saw approximately 150 players cut from the two Little Leagues in Portsmouth. He founded a third Little League in Portsmouth which allowed an additional 60 children a chance to play organized baseball. In 1973, Peter, along with a friend, founded the first organized Senior League Youth football in Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Shamrocks. He was league president from 1973-1986. On March 1, 1985 at a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Eileen Foley declared that day to be Peter Grimbilas Day. Peter was honored with a framed document recognizing his many accomplishments with youth sports and a Lifetime Pass to any sporting event held in the City of Portsmouth.
In 1950, Lew Basquil was one of ten people, including Sam Harris and Ignace J. Gill. that brought Little League Baseball to Manchester, NH They set up the league with four teams - games were played at the Little League Park (which is now the location of JFK Arena).
In 1952, T. Edward McIntyre and John Hurley from the Manchester, NH Parks and Recreation Department checked into a proposed national youth baseball program that was starting for players who were aged 13-15. They called Lewis Basquil to see if he would be interested in starting the program in Manchester.
Lew was the key person responsible for the founding of the Little Bigger League program in Manchester. It was called the Little Bigger League because it was the next step for the older kids above Little League. It wouldn't become Babe Ruth League until 1954.
Lew organized the 8-team league and invited 480 boys to try out - 361 reported for tryouts to fill 120 roster spots - each team had 5-13's, 5-14's, and 5-15's. Those 8 teams each played a 14-game season that first year in 1952.
Lew would serve as the League President from 1952 to 1961.
Lew also served in the U.S Army during World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day Invasion - Normandy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.
Lew was 92 when he passed away on August 22, 2010.