Media Panel Expands for Sat

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Two-time Pulitzer nominee Claire Smith has joined the Media Panel for the March 17 meeting at Quinnipiac. The meeting will feature the media panel, three authors and a performer.

The media panel will include:

–Claire Smith, two-time Pulitzer nominee and 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner.
–Tom Yantz, award winning sportswriter, Red Sox & MLB beat, HOF voter
–John Altavilla, award winning sportswriter, Yankee & Mets beat, not to mention NFL & NHL
–Jack O’Connell, journalist & the man who announces HOF inductees annually for BBWAA
–Jeff Otterbein, 27 years Courant Sports Editor who led coverage of 5 Yankee and 3 Red Sox championships, pioneered extensive coverage of women’s sports and led his staff into the digital age. The panel discussion is in Jeff’s honor.

We have a reasonable expectation that the above panelists will all appear but please know that the line-up is subject to change.

Remember, please, we will start at 11 AM.

Three outstanding authors will speak on Saturday!

Bill Nowlin will talk about his new book, Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox. Yawkey never won a championship but the author takes us through the many achievements of Grove, Foxx, Ted and Yaz. Nowlin also addresses the racism subject. Copies available at the meeting. More info on this book here:

George Pawlush will speak about his new book, Dawn and Dusk of the Colonial League, about CT’s old Colonial League, which operated from ‘47 to ‘50 as a Class B minor league in Waterbury, Bristol, New London, Stamford and Bridgeport. George researched this book for more than a decade, interviewing players and executives before they passed. The book is a blend of local history, post-war BB, labor strife, bouncing paychecks, a team bus with no brakes and much fascinating detail. It will be available on Amazon soon.

Greg Rubano will talk about his book, In Ty Cobb’s Shadow: The Story of Napoleon Lajoie, Baseball’s First Superstar. Greg tells the tale of Nap’s rise from the mills to adoration in three MLB cities, only to be eclipsed by a meteor named Cobb. More info on this book at:

And it all starts at 11 AM!

Last but now least, talented SABR member Mickey Tangel will appear in character as 19th Century player Lipman Pike, BB’s first Jewish star. Small but mighty, the 5’8”, 158 pound Pike once hit 6 home runs in a game for the Athletics against the Alerts. The original Hebrew Hammer.

There will be a pre-loved BB book sale, water bottles, crunchy things, and without a doubt there will be cake.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Start time is 11 AM. This is earlier than past meetings.

A donation of $5 is suggested and the public is welcome. Come and enjoy good fellowship and baseball. The meeting will be held at Quinnipiac University, College of Liberal Arts, building #1, Hamden, CT. 11:00 am to 3 pm. For more information contact Steve Krevisky at For address and directions, click here:


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