The summer edition of The Wood Pile, wrangled by new Editor Stan Osowiecki, is ready for your reading pleasure! Here’s the link:
The summer edition of The Wood Pile, wrangled by new Editor Stan Osowiecki, is ready for your reading pleasure! Here’s the link:
The Hartford Yard Goats sent out an email yesterday confirming there will be no 2020 season. Thank you, Paul Hensler, for passing along…
It is with a heavy heart we announce the 2020 Yard Goats season has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns over the Coronavirus. Following CDC guidelines and medical recommendations, Minor League Baseball and the Eastern League of Professional baseball determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, staff and fans during this unprecedented health crisis. While this is the correct decision at this time, it doesn’t hurt any less. We’ll miss our ticket holders and partners who visit day in and day out, our fans who fill the seats with family & friends, and our dedicated game day staff. Most of all we’ll miss the cheers, and the smiles, and the looks of amazement on the faces of our littlest fans.
Fans who purchased tickets for a 2020 Hartford Yard Goats home game will soon be contacted by a Yard Goats representative.
Rest assured we’ve already begun planning the 2021 season, one that will feature the Eastern League All Star Game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Our promise to you is that 2021 will be more than just a “return to normal”. It will be the biggest, best, most entertaining season to date. It’s not a “goodbye”, it’s a “see you later in April”.
Hartford Yard Goats
Mitch Nathanson had access to Jim Bouton and his family while writing the newly released Bouton, The Life of a Baseball Original. He even had use of the 900+ pages of notes on napkins and plane tickets Bouton made during the 1969 season as he wrote Ball Four with Leonard Shecter.
Mitch, who also wrote God Almighty Hisself, the Life and Legacy of Dick Allen, among other books, will talk about Bouton at the virtual Zoom meeting of the Smoky Joe Wood Chapter of SABR on June 25 at 7 pm.
Here are the meeting details:
SABR Virtual is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: CT Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting
Time: Jun 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern
Meeting ID: 810 0401 2444
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The date of the award dinner at which Steve K will be honored has been moved to June 14.
Here is the event info with the new date:
In recognition of 20 years of service to our SABR chapter, Steve K. will receive a Good Sport Award at the 79th CT Sports Writers’ Alliance Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, June 14, at 2 pm at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington, CT. Tickets are $75 and dinner is included. This is a 3 to 3.5 hour event, FYI. We already have several members attending and you can join us. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat at the SABR table. Checks should be made out to CSWA, and sent to CSWA, P.O. Box 70, Unionville CT 06085. Please indicate your name as attendee on the check, as well as the honoree you are supporting –Steve
THIS MEETING WILL BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED. INFO TO COME SOON.
The ’69 Mets and 19th Century Base Ball will be featured at the next general meeting of CT SABR on Sat. March 28 at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.
Wes Ulbrich will talk about Stephen Brady, one of CT’s greatest 19th Century players. Wes is on the Executive Committee of the Greater Hartford Baseball League and GM of the Ulbrich Steel ballclub.
Author Erik Sherman will talk about his recent book, After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets. Erik’s other books are on Davey Johnson, the ’86 Mets, Mookie Wilson and Steve Blass.
More program details to come. There will be a pre-loved baseball book sale and refreshments. A $5 donation is requested.
We will start at
11 am on Sat. March 28 in Chapman Hall, Room 605, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT 06457.
For more information contact Steve at SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu.
Hi, SABR Friends.
In recognition of 20 years of service to our SABR chapter, Steve K. will receive a Good Sport Award at the 79th CT Sports Writers’ Alliance Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 26, at 3 pm at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington, CT. Tickets are $75 and dinner is included. This is a 3 to 3.5 hour event, FYI. Five of us expressed interest in attending when we discussed this at the Holiday Luncheon. Please contact me at email@example.com to reserve a seat at the SABR table. Checks should be made out to CSWA, and sent to CSWA, P.O. Box 70, Unionville CT 06085. Please indicate Your name as attendee on the check, as well as the honoree you are supporting -Steve
Mark your calendar: March 28 will be the date for our next general meeting at Middlesex Community College. 11 am start. More details to come from Steve.
And as Steve previously announced, there will be a CT SABR Breakfast on Feb. 15 at 10 am at the Cromwell Diner.
In the January issue of The Wood Pile, an email address was provided to access Ken Matinale’s Radical Baseball Blog. You can actually go directly to the blog at this url:
Lastly, if you are attending the World Series Club event (Feb. 17) with Steve Garvey, you can warm up for the event by listening to the Garvey’s SABR Oral History interview from SABR 49. Just use this link:
For info on attending the Garvey dinner go to https://worldseriesclub.com/
Published in The Hartford Courant, Jan. 12, 2020
Frank W. McNulty passed away on January 9, 2020 in Bloomfield, CT. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Audrey, 3 children Lindsay (Glenn), Paul (Julie), and Tracy (Dean) and 5 cherished grandchildren Alexis, Allison, Meghan, Ella and Dylan. Frank was born in Waltham, MA on June 15,1931 to William Frank and Marion McNulty. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Kay. Frank was a “double Eagle” graduating from Boston College HS and Boston College. He received his Master degree in Finance at NYU. Frank enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1949 and served in the Korean War as a First Lieutenant. A special time in Frank’s life was his stint as bat boy for the Boston Braves where he earned a World Series ring in 1948 when the Braves played the Cleveland Indians. That year Frank was the bat boy model for the iconic September 4, 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover ‘The Dugout” illustrated by Norman Rockwell. Frank was employed at General Motors for 11 years before holding several senior executive positions at Norton Simon, Inc., a holding company that included among many others, several well known businesses including McCall Publishing, Canada Dry Corporation, Max Factor Cosmetics and Avis Car Rental. He considered himself lucky to end his career at its height presiding as president of Parade Publications for over 10 years – this included Parade Magazine, the national Sunday newspaper supplement that was distributed in over 700 newspapers and had a weekly circulation of 32 million. During his retirement, Frank led the fundraiser to rebuild Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London, NH and served 2 terms as mayor of Seabrook Island, SC where he oversaw the creation of a bike path that connected Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. Frank moved back to New England in 2011 and enjoyed several wonderful years with new and very special friends at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield. Frank’s family is so grateful for the care and comfort offered by the staff and residents at Seabury over the past several months. Frank was known for his amazing ability to get along with all people and his great humor. Frank was a devout Catholic and lived his life according to his faith. He never forgot his humble beginnings and contributed to many charities over the years. Despite all his life achievements his most cherished roles were as “Pops” to his children and grandchildren whom he adored and as a very devoted husband to Audrey whom he met on a blind date 71 years ago. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, January 17 at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions can be made in Frank’s name to two of his favorite charities: St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. For online condolences please visit wwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
The new Woodpile is out! Where else would you find a 139-line holiday poem about the Yankees & Twins in the ALDS? You can read six new book capsules, CT vintage base ball news, Around the Horn (chapter news), Quotable BB, Ezra Count puzzlers, two BB travel journals — Stan Dziurgot in St. Louis and Ray Sikora in 7 ballparks — plus a book review (Paul Hensler), Cleveland in the minors (Alan Cohen), Frank Observations (M Frank), and Stan Osowiecki on the Polar Bear, and more.
Click this link to download… SABR Newsletter Winter 2020 v3 20200106 (1)
Joe Williams, David Stalker and Gary Passamonte are working with the Town of Caton in New York to erect a monument honoring the Caton-born, ballplaying White family. Jim “Deacon” White was the premier catcher of the 1870s before starring at third base later in his career. He played on six championship teams and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Will White was a 229-game winner who was the first major leaguer to wear eyeglasses on the field. LeRoy White was the older brother of Jim and Will. He ventured with Jim to play ball for the Forest City Base Ball Club of Cleveland in 1868, playing in seven games before returning home to play for the Monitors of Corning. Elmer White was the first cousin of the White brothers. He joined Forest City in 1870 and played with the club during the inaugural season of the National Association. He became the first professional league player to die when he passed away from tuberculosis on March 17, 1872.
The monument is part of David Stalker’s Baseball Memorial Series (https://www.facebook.com/David-Stalkers-Baseball-Memorial-Series-286357068668103/). David has erected two dozen baseball memorials throughout the U.S. and has assisted SABR’s Grave Marker Project – the most recent being a grave marker dedicated for Elias Hicks Hayhurst at Philadelphia’s Mount Peace Cemetery on September 14, 2019.
Gary Passamonte is a Ross Barnes historian who led the project to erect the Ross Barnes monument in Mount Morris, New York in 2017. The White monument will look like the front of the Barnes monument. More about the Barnes monument can be located here: http://seamheads.com/blog/2017/09/10/ross-barnes-is-first-baseball-pioneer-honored-in-monument-series/.
Joe Williams has researched the White Family extensively and wrote the most recent bio on Deacon White. The bio can be located at https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/99417cd4.
The monument text is being written and an image of Deacon White will appear on the front of the monument. Fundraising has begun. Joe, David and Gary are seeking donations and need your help to raise the final $2,000 towards the monument. To make a donation, please reach out to Joe Williams with the amount you are willing to donate at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will provide the information to send a check.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Contact: Tim Jensen, email@example.com, 860-394-5091
5 Sportsmen to Receive Good Sport Awards
at 79th Gold Key Dinner
Five Connecticut sportsmen who have unselfishly given hundreds of hours of their time to the betterment of athletics in their communities and state have been selected recipients of the John Wentworth Good Sport Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.
Ben Aleks of Somers, Paul Duddy of Mystic, Steve Krevisky of Middletown, Bill O’Brien of Stratford and Bill Santillo of New Haven will be among the honorees at the 79th Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Krevisky is co-founder of the Connecticut-based Smokey Joe Wood Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, and is the only president the 20-year old chapter has ever had. Part of the growing SABR organization, the Wood chapter is dedicated to baseball historical research and preservation. The chapter holds six breakfast and two general meetings a year, the latter featuring guest appearances, research and presentations and media panels. In addition to a newsletter, the chapter has recently compiled books on Connecticut reared Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and the late Mike Sandlock.
Since retiring as wrestling coach at Enfield’s Enrico Fermi High School in 1994, Aleks has stayed on as a volunteer assistant, first with the Falcons and now Enfield High School, for the past quarter century. He was also instrumental in helping revive the Enfield Eagles youth wrestling program, which had been dormant for nearly 30 years. The 2016 inductee into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame contributed considerable efforts and resources to convert the old band room at the Fermi building into a practice center for the high school and youth teams. Later this fall, the room will be dedicated as the Ben Aleks Wrestling Center.
Duddy, an alumnus of the Coast Guard Academy in New London,has been a volunteer photographer for sporting events and other activities at the academy for 13 school years.When he started shooting pictures, he was commuting from his home in New York, but eventually moved to Mystic. He has received several awards from the institution, and every year at the Bears’ senior athletics banquet, he hands out Paul Duddy Awards to a male and female athlete who represent Coast Guard both on the field and off.
After more than 40 years of service, O’Brien retired in June as Senior Director of Athletics and Facilities at the Sterling House Community Center in Stratford. He began his tenure in the early 1980s as a volunteer soccer coach, and eventually coached both soccer and basketball for 15 years. The position of athletic director became available in 1995 and O’Brien earned the job, initially on a part-time basis. Within a year, it became a full-time endeavor, and he also took on the role of camp director. He managed the center’s three main children and youth athletics programs: soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
Santillo has served on the Board of Governors of the New Haven Gridiron Club for 15 years and has been its president for the last nine, presiding over the club’s two annual dinners. He is also chairman of the club’s Hall of Fame committee, and is a member of the board for the National Football Foundation’s New Haven Chapter. Santillo was one of the primary fundraisers for the New Haven Athletic Center, and was instrumental in bringing Floyd Little back to New Haven when the center was dedicated in his honor.
Gold Key Award recipients for 2020 are five legendary scholastic coaches: Cookie Bromage (Enfield field hockey), Joe Grippo (Morgan girls volleyball and girls basketball), Lou Milardo (Hale-Ray softball), Ricky Shook (Danbury wrestling) and Angela Tammaro (Greenwich Academy field hockey and lacrosse). Baseball Hall of Fame honoree Claire Smith, 2017 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, will receive the President’s Award.
The Gold Key Dinner was inaugurated in 1940, with baseball legend Connie Mack and golf superstar Bobby Jones among the initial recipients. The roster of honorees since then reads like a Who’s Who of Connecticut sports – Joe Cronin, Julius Boros, Willie Pep, Lindy Remigino, Floyd Little, Joan Joyce, Otto Graham, Calvin Murphy, Gordie Howe, Bill Rodgers, Geno Auriemma, Rebecca Lobo, Brian Leetch, Kristine Lilly, Marlon Starling, Dwight Freeney and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen are just a few of the past Gold Key winners. A complete list is available at www.ctsportswriters.com.
Tickets to the Gold Key Dinner are $75 apiece, and may be reserved by contacting CSWA President Tim Jensen of Patch Media Corp. at firstname.lastname@example.org.Proceeds from the event benefit the Bo Kolinsky Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship, named after a longtime Hartford Courant sportswriter and past CSWA president who died unexpectedly in 2003.