Monthly Archives: September 2016

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.