Brooklyn downs Yanks, Guidry K’s Sox at Game Day


CT SABR members enjoyed 2 hours of BB talk, vintage team board game play and refreshments yesterday at the Game Day gathering.  Strat-O-Matic Baseball was the board game used to pit the 1978 Yankees vs. Red Sox, the 1953 Dodgers vs. Yankees, and two teams of Hall of Famers against each other.

In attendance were Gary Gold, Joe Runde, Alan Cohen, Steve Krevisky, Tom and Matt Monitto, Stan Dziurgot, Larry Howard and Karl Cicitto.

The Strat-O-Matic Company generously donated 13 Old timer teams as gifts to the players.  6 of those teams remain (1909 Pitt, 1911 Phila, 1934 Det, 1940 Cinn, 1941 Bklyn, 1946 Bos -A) and will be gifted at the next gathering.  Thank you, Dan Rozel at S-O-M!

The next Game Day gathering will be our Chapter’s SABR Day event, to be held on January 21, 2017.  Details TBA.

On to the game summaries……

Guidry fans 14 as ‘78 Yanks beat Red Sox, 4 – 2.

Summary by Matt Monitto.

In a rematch of the famous Bucky Dent game, the 1978 Yankees rode a Ron Guidry complete game to defeat the 1978 Red Sox 4-2.

Guidry allowed an RBI single to Rick Burleson in the second inning and another to Jerry Remy in the third, but was dominant after that, striking out 14 batters overall and only allowing two hits in the final six innings.

The strongest Red Sox hitters were unable to connect off Guidry, as Dwight Evans went 0-5 with four strikeouts and Carl Yastrzemski went 2-5 with three Ks. Every Boston hitter except Carlton Fisk struck out.

While the Yankees scored an early run on a third-inning Lou Piniella solo home run, Boston’s Dennis Eckersley held the lead until the sixth inning, when doubles by Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers and a Thurman Munson single gave New York a 3-2 lead.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the seventh, when Roy White doubled off Tom Burgmeier to score Chris Chambliss.

Guidry struck out the side in the ninth, fanning Fred Lynn, Evans and Yastrzemski to end the game.

Cox dinger off Sain decides it, ’53 Brooklyns rout Yanks 8 – 2.

Summary by Karl Cicitto.

Yankee starter Eddie Lopat glided through the first 3 innings but a blast by Billy Cox off  Johnny Sain in the 8th resulted in a bad day for the Junkman.  The Dodgers routed the Yankees late, 8 -2, in the Bronx.

Lopat retired 9 of the first 10 Brooklyns he faced.  The only one of those batters to reach first was Junior Gilliam, who walked.

Shortstop Rizzuto was injured in his first at bat and was replaced by Andy Carey, who went on to mishandle a ground ball by Robinson in the 4th, a misplay that allowed a run to score and tie the game, 2 – 2.

The Yankee offense was meager.  Mantle went hitless and K’d three times.  The heart of the order – Mickey, Yogi, Woodling – produced 3 hits, all singles, in 13 plate appearances.  The Bombers scratched out one run when Bauer singled in McDougald in the 3rd.  They scored again when a sac fly by Collins plated Berra in the 4th.

Campanella’s 6th inning home run gave the Dodgers a 3 – 2 lead.  In the 8th, Lopat allowed a single by Hodges and a run-scoring double to Robinson, making the Dodger lead 4 – 2.  Johnny Sain, immediately inserted to limit the damage, instead gave up the 2-run home run by Cox.  Ewell Blackwell then relieved Sain and proceeded to walk Erskine, Reese and Gilliam after yielding a base knock, forcing in another run.  By the time Hodges flew out to center, the lead was 7 – 2.  Brooklyn added another run in the 9th on singles by Reese, Furillo and Robinson.

The 1953 Yankee starting 9 included Rizzuto, Bauer, Mantle, Berra, Woodling, Collins, Martin, McDougald and Lopat.  They were managed by Alan Cohen and Joe Runde.

The 1953 Dodger starting 9 included Reese, Gilliam, Snider, Hodges, Campanella, Furillo, Robinson, Cox and Erksine.  They were managed by Gary Gold and Karl Cicitto.

Berra Roughs Up Koufax,  Maddux Silences Opponent in 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Edition

Summary by Matt Monitto.

In a match between two star-studded Hall of Fame lineups, the HOF-Montreal Expos, led by Greg Maddux’s eight-inning effort, defeated the HOF-Seattle Pilots 5-2.

The Expos got all the offense they would need in the fourth inning, as Yogi Berra hit a three-run home run off Sandy Koufax to take a 3-0 lead. Montreal’s George Kell and Hank Aaron also homered, each driving a solo shot off Early Wynn.

The Pilots, playing from behind most of the game, scored a run in the sixth when Cal Ripken singled in Pie Traynor, then added a run in the ninth when pinch hitter Jim O’Rourke doubled and Stan Musial hit another double to score him.

However, Seattle was unable to muster much offense off Maddux, who struck out nine while allowing eight hits. Koufax allowed four hits in five innings for the Pilots, but Berra’s home run decided the game.

The starting 9 for the Expos included Ozzie Smith, Rod Carew, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Eddie Murray, George Kell, Al Simmons, and Greg Maddux.  They were managed by Larry Howard and Stan Dziurgot.

The starting 9 for the Pilots included Goose Goslin, Charles Gehringer, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, Pie Traynor, Biz Mackey, Lou Brock, Cal Ripken and Sanford Koufax.  They were managed by Tom and Matt Monitto.

Great BB Books. Low Prices. Expand Your Library & Support the Chapter.



Alan Cohen has been busy obtaining and organizing baseball books that will be available for purchase at the Oct. 29 General Meeting at Quinnipiac University.  The complete list is below.  Most of these books are just $1.  Cash or check are accepted.  Please feel free to donate your hard cover BB books for the good of the cause on the 29th if you wish to do so.

Please know that  our chapter members have contributed to several other books (published by SABR) including the recent books on Boston’s First Nine (Joe Williams and Bill Ryczek) and the 1979 Pirates (Alan Cohen) and those titles can be purchased new for $10 to $12 depending on the book. Just let Alan know.

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Strat-O-Matic Game Day 10-15


CT SABR members will gather in Middletown this Saturday to play historic baseball teams in Strat-O-Matic, a stat-based board game well known to Baby Boomer era fans.


Several of us will bring teams from the 1930’s to 2000’s.


We currently have 6 players. 2 more tentative yesses.  If you are interested in joining in please email Karl at  We’ll start with a how-to-play demo.  New players are welcome.


As you may know, Strat-O-Matic makes old-time team sets ranging from the 1905 NY Giants to the 1967 Red Sox.  The company is sending a group of 12 of these teams so that those in attendance can take an old timer team home on Saturday, courtesy of SOM.



Sat. Oct. 15, 10 am start.
Room #3
Russell Library
123 Broad Street
Middletown, CT


Water bottles and donuts will be provided.



Vintage Base Ball – Played by 1857 Rules on Sept. 18




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Vintage Base Ball – Played by 1857 Rules on Sept. 18

“I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game—the American game.”   Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

 Just around the corner is your chance to see ‘the American game’ played by the rules of 1857, much the same as was seen by one of America’s finest poets.

On Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., teams representing Chester (the “Chester Squirrels”), Deep River (the “Deep River Haz Beenz”) and Essex (ICE – Ivoryton, Centerbrook, Essex – Elephants) will be meeting in a round-robin format at Devitt Field in Deep River.   There is no admission charge for this family event sponsored by the Chester, Deep River and Essex Historical Societies. Rain date will be Sept. 25. Bring a chair to supplement limited ballfield seating.

Springfield SABR to Host Authors Kettman and Bryant 9-26


Exciting lineup for The Rabbit Maranville (Springfield, MA) Chapter’s Sept. 26 meeting!  Please note that Howard Bryant will appear in person and Steve Kettman by Skype.  Here is Maranville President Jim Winston’s email with details:









Next Meeting – Monday September 26, 2016


TIME:                                    7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.


WHERE:                               Bears Den – Lower Level of the Campus Center

Western New England University

1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119




SPEAKERS:         HOWARD BRYANT: will be presenting about all topics of baseball, including the Boston Red Sox.


Howard Bryant writes weekly columns for and is often a panelist on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters.” Mr. Bryant is the author of “Shut Out-A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston”;  “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” and “Legends: The Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball.”


STEVE KETTMAN: Will be presenting on his books: “One Day at Fenway” and “Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball & Revived the Mets.”


Refreshments will be served and there will be a new selection of  baseball books, hats, and other baseball related items for sale.


If you have any questions, please call the following:


Steve Manioudakis (President)         413-427-4681 or

Jim Winston (VP/Secretary)             413-584-1110 or


From the East and West (Boston, Albany) via the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90):

Leave the Mass. Pike at Exit 6. Turn left onto I-291. Take Exit 5 off I-291 (“Route 20-A West to East Springfield”). Bear right at the end of the exit ramp on Page Blvd. Take the left at the first light onto Roosevelt Ave. Take Roosevelt Avenue 2.5 miles to the intersection with Wilbraham Road (fifth traffic light). Turn left onto Wilbraham Road and follow it 1.5 miles through the second light. Turn right into the parking lot of the Welcome Center. (Total 5.6 miles from Mass. Pike.)

From the North via Interstate 91:

Leave I-91 at Exit 8, (“Ludlow, Boston 1-291”). Travel to Exit 5B, (“East Springfield”). Turn right off of the ramp onto Page Blvd. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Roosevelt Ave. Take Roosevelt Avenue 2.5 miles to the intersection with Wilbraham Road (fifth traffic light). Turn left onto to Wilbraham Road and follow it 1.5 miles through the second light. Turn right into the parking lot of the Welcome Center. (Total 8.6 miles from I-91)

From the South via Interstate 91:

Leave I-91 at Exit 2 (“East Longmeadow”). Follow signs (“Route 83”) to the light at the intersection of Longhill and Sumner Ave. Turn right onto umner Ave. Travel straight on Sumner Ave. (which becomes Allen St.) to the traffic light at the intersection of Allen St. and Bradley Road (3.2 miles). Turn left onto radley Road and travel 1.6 miles to Wilbraham Rd. and turn right. Travel 0.2 miles and turn right, into the parking lot of the Welcome Center. (Total 5.7 miles from I-91.)



Courant reports Ballpark accord reached



The Insurer that guaranteed the construction of Dunkin Donuts Park has finally finished its due diligence and will move forward to complete the ballpark.  Here is Steven Goode’s story in today’s Hartford Courant:


Accord Set To Finish Ballpark

Insurer To Handle Construction


HARTFORD — A monthslong shutdown of construction work at Dunkin’ Donuts Park appears to be near an end with the announcement Tuesday of an agreement to finish the ballpark in time for a home opener next April.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said the city had reached an agreement in principle with Arch Insurance to have the bonding surety company take over construction of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and pay for the cost — a plan that would have the Hartford Yard Goats play their first-ever home game on April 13, 2017.

Still to be determined is who finishes the work. The city terminated the ballpark’s developers, Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, in June after they failed to meet a May 17 deadline for substantial completion. Arch could choose to rehire them or find another contractor.

Bronin said the takeover agreement announced Tuesday was the solution he envisioned when the city fired the original contractors. “I have no doubt it was the right thing to do, but that doesn’t mean it was the guaranteed outcome,” Bronin said.

The city is still expected to contribute the remaining $4 million-plus it has on hand for the project, but Bronin said no more taxpayer money will be spent.

Bronin said that Arch has been meeting with subcontractors in anticipation of getting back to work and that he expects the company to make progress toward getting back to work in the coming weeks.

When asked about the possibility that Centerplan be brought back to the job, Bronin said that was up to Arch. City officials have said publicly that they don’t think Centerplan should be brought back, based on two failed deadlines to complete the project and cost overruns that have seen the construction costs go from $56 million to more than $70 million.

Raymond Garcia, an attorney for Centerplan and DoNo Hartford, declined to comment Tuesday.

The developers have claimed that the city is responsible for cost overruns and delays at the 6,000-seat minor league ballpark because of more than 100 change orders it submitted in the months leading up to the deadline and beyond.

They have filed suit claiming wrongful termination and an injunction to prevent the city from hiring another contractor to finish the job. The city and developer are engaged in mediation.

Arch officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

On Monday, the team, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, completed its inaugural season with a 74-67, record, third place in the Eastern Division. The closest the Yard Goats came to playing in Hartford was at Thomas Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

Last month, Double A Eastern League officials said this was the first unplanned entire season on the road for any league team, prompting league President Joseph McEachern to threaten to move the team out of Hartford if the ballpark was not ready for next season.

Reached Tuesday, McEachern declined to comment on the announced agreement.

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Author Roy Blount at Twain House Nov.17

Roy Blount, author of 24 books and longtime Sports Illustrated Senior Contributor, will speak at the Mark Twain house in November.  You may remember his piece on the 1969 Cubs.  Here is the press release from the MTH…..




# Roy Blount Jr.: A “Mark My Words” Event

Thursday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. VIP Reception – 7:30 p.m. Event

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present acclaimed author Roy Blount Jr.for a Mark My Words event. Blount will read from his latest book, Save Room for Pie, a lively compendium of essays, poems, songs, limericks, and news stories (both fake and real) about food. Blount will speak at the Lincoln Financial Auditorium in The Mark Twain House & Museum on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a VIP reception at 6:00 p.m.

Roy Blount Jr. is a highly accomplished writer with a versatile and distinctly humorous style. His subjects have ranged from the Pittsburgh Steelers (About Three Bricks Shy of a Load ) toDuck Soup, the Marx Brothers’ war satire  (Hail, Hail Euphoria!) to two delightful examinations of words, usage, and letters themselves (Alphabet Juice and Alphabetter Juice).

His second book, Crackers, prompted Norman Mailer to say, “Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I’ve read in a long time.”

Blount is a panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Copies of Save Room for Pie will be available for purchase.

The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Mark My Words series is generously sponsored by The Hartford, Wish You Well Foundation, and Hoffman Auto Group.

$25.00 MTH&M Members – Advance ticket sales for members only will be available on Thursday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.

For the opportunity to secure pre-sale tickets for Roy Blount Jr., become a member today! Please visit our website or call 860-280-3112.

$30.00 General Public – On sale Monday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m.

$75 VIP Reception with Roy – Save room for pie, coffee, and conversation from 6:00 to 7:00. VIP tickets include priority seating for the 7:30 event.

Meet the Hoopers (Harry’s family)

The Great Fenway Park Writers Series

A Public Service of the Boston Red Sox

2 August 2016

Dear Special Friends of The Writers Series:

Our next event honors the memory of Harry Hooper, member, Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only Red Sox player to ever play on four World Series team – 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918.

Fifty members of the Hooper family will join us for our luncheon, Thursday, August 11, in the EMC Club (enter at 20 Yawkey Way). Please note the starting time – 11 am (that’s earlier than normal but necessary).

To bring back those memories of Mr. Hooper’s career, we have invited two exceptional speakers.

First, Mike Vaccaro, lead sports columnist of the New York Post, and author of, “The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos who Reinvented the World Series in 1912”; and, second, Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor at Boston University, and author of, “When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty, 1912-1918.”

Dick Flavin will be Dick Flavin and have a special poem memorializing Harry Hooper, and Gordon Edes, the new Red Sox Historian (and the genesis of this program), will introduce our special guests, including a Barber Shop Quartet.

Oh, this should be great fun with you, and the Hooper family back at Fenway.

The cost of the luncheon in EMC is $45, with Mr. Vaccaro’s and Dr. Whalen’s books available for sale and signing separately

If you have questions, I invite you to call: 619-249-6379, or find details online at

NOTE: ESPN’s Brian Kenny, author of, “The Curve: Inside The Baseball Revolution”, speaks September 13 at our luncheon.


George Mitrovich

The Great Fenway Park Writers Series
4 Yawkey Way | Boston, Massachusetts 02215 | 617.226.6781