by Matt Monitto
by Matt Monitto
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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: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Yawkey-Patriarch-Boston-Red/dp/0803296835
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: https://www.amazon.com/Ty-Cobbs-Shadow-Baseballs-Superstar/dp/0692649867
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 SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu. For address and directions, click here:
A great line-up of presenters is scheduled for CT SABR’s March 17 general meeting at Quinnipiac. (Early 11 AM Start!) We’ll have a media panel in honor of retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein with BB HOF voters on the panel and surprises. Bill Nowlin will talk about his new book, Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox. George Pawlush will speak about his new book on Connecticut’s old Colonial League, which operated from ‘47 to ‘50 as a Class B minor league in 5+ CT towns. Mickey Tangel will appear in character as 19th Century player Lipman Pike, BB’s first Jewish star. Greg Rubano will talk about his book, In Ty Cobb’s Shadow: The Story of Napoleon Lajoie, Baseball’s First Superstar. Bill Ryczek will have a special presentation, subject TBA. There will be refreshments and a pre-loved BB book sale. 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 SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu. For address and directions, click here: Directions Quinnipiac
Thirteen people attended the Feb. 10 chapter breakfast in Cromwell. In between bites and talk about how fabulous Norm Cash was in 1961, the following was heard:
TRAVEL IN TIME. Bill Ryczek will soon perform a play-by-play broadcast of the June 14, 1870 game between the Red Stockings and Brooklyn Atlantics. This legendary game saw the Red Stockings ride an 81 game win streak into the Capitoline Grounds for an extra inning nail biter against the Atlantics. The actual game took place 51 years before the first ever BB game radio broadcast, so this re-creation is an exciting and possibly unprecedented way to relive history. The performance will be given live at the 10th annual (F.I. Campbell) 19th Century BB Conference in April. When a recording becomes available we’ll strive to make it accessible and to play it at one of our meetings.
YANKEE GAME TRIP. The chapter is looking at dates for a Yankee game. Although we’ve had a great time at Old Timer’s Day recently we are looking for a different game because there’s a conflict with Fathers Day. If you have thoughts about a game date for a chapter trip let Steve know at email@example.com
You can peruse the schedule at: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/schedule/printable.jsp
MARCH SPEAKERS, TENTATIVE. Chapter leaders huddled for a gut check on who is speaking on March 17 at Q.U.. Subject to change, we have author Greg Rubano on Napoleon Lajoie, author George Pawlush on the Colonial League, performer Mickey Tangel in character as Lipman Pike, author and SABR honcho Bill Nowlin on Tom Yawkey, and a panel discussion honoring recently retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein. (The Wiffle Ball people unfortunately took a pass.) And someone is having a birthday. More to come.
TOM SAYS IT’S STRAT TIME. Tom Monitto suggested we have a chapter Strat-O-Matic session soon and we are jumping on that. We’ll try hold it before the MLB regular season opens on March 29. Details to come soon.
On March 17, 2018, our spring general meeting will be held at Quinnipiac University in the College of Liberal Arts, building #1, Hamden, CT. from 11:00 am to 3 pm. (Note early start time!) Subject to change, here is the tentative speaker list: George Pawlush will speak about his new book on the Colonial League. There will be a panel discussion honoring recently retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein. Greg Rubano will present on his book, In Ty Cobb’s Shadow, which is about Napoleon Lajoie. Mickey Tangel will perform in-character as 19th Century player Lipman Pike, baseball’s first Jewish star. We are finalizing the addition of one more speaker — details to come. There will be a Book Sale and Refreshments. For more information contact Steve Krevisky at SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu.
Hi, SABR Friends. The Jan issue of The Wood Pile, newsletter of the Smoky Joe Wood Chapter, is now available. In it you’ll read:
-A Poetic salute to 1917 (Steve Krevisky)
-Bridgeport Bluefish leave the pond (Stan Osowiecki)
-Provocative Q’s (Ezra Counts)
-Corrections from last issue, (Cliff Blau)
-The last MLB tripleheader (Steve Krevisky)
-First Negro baseball game at Wrigley (Alan Cohen)
-Waterman, millennials++ highlight Oct general meeting
-Calculating PRO with the Padres (Steve Krevisky)
-New Book Releases
-CT’s Little League legacy (Michael Frank)
-Ryczek & Kaplan present new books at holiday luncheon
–If God Invented Baseball (Poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller,)
-CT Born Players Birthday Calendar (Jan-June)
-Current CT MLB Player Stats
-SABR Writing Opportunities For All
You can read and download The Wood Pile at this link:
Today’s Courant has the obituary of Terese Karmel, who covered the Bristol and New Britain Red Sox in the early 1980’s. (She also covered the Whalers.) Here is her 1983 write up of Roger Clemens and the Brit Sox’s Eastern League Title win. A link to Terese’s obituary is below, too. -Karl
Terese’s obituary can be read at this link:
Two authors will speak and two more will offer their books at the CT SABR Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 16. Here are the details:
Jim Kaplan, longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, will be speaking on his newest book Clearing the Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime.
Bill Ryczek, longtime member of our chapter and author of many books will be discussing his newest book Baseball on the Brink: The Crisis of 1968.
Two other authors will be in attendance at the meeting with copies of their recent books. Paul Hensler’s The New Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Radical Transformation in the Late Sixties and Bob Wirz’s The Passion of Baseball are great gifts as is our own book 100: The 100 Year Journey of Mike Sandlock.
The CT SABR Holiday Luncheon will be on Sat., Dec. 16 at 12 PM at the Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416. Attendees will enjoy a buffet of four entrees with sides & dessert. $30 per person including tax and tip. Bring a guest for $20. Please reserve your tickets before Dec. 7 by emailing Alan Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org Checks should be made out to CT SABR and mailed to Alan Cohen, 7 Longlane Rd., West Hartford, CT. 06117. Please mail your check when you make your reservation. For more info, please contact Stan at email@example.com