Baseball’s Greatest Rivalry – Sept 7 event

Baseball Insiders to Discuss

Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry

At Waterbury’s Mattatuck Museum

Thursday, September 7

            Waterbury, CT — Baseball’s greatest rivalry will be discussed by a panel of veteran experts who have experienced the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees battles first hand through the years with the event taking place at the site of art dealer Neil Scherer’s inspiring exhibit on the same theme at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury on Thursday, September 7.

The Waterbury area is considered by many the geographic mid-point where fans line up on one side or the other to cheer on their team, and the debate seems fitting because it will only be a short time before baseball’s postseason begins, likely once again including the arch-rivals who will be going all out to win another World Series championship.

The debate event, which is open to the public ($10 adults, $7 seniors), will run from 6-9 p.m. near Scherer’s work, which celebrates many of the greatest moments and personalities in the two teams’ storied history.  Refreshments will be served.

Scherer, a New York City resident, will take part in the event which centers around more than a dozen of his creative art pieces which include one-of-a-kind collections of autographs, ticket stubs, programs and photos from the intense Red Sox-Yankees history.

The event is a collaboration among Scherer, the museum and longtime baseball executive Bob Wirz of Stratford, CT, who was president of Waterbury’s last professional team, the independent Waterbury Spirit, and recently published his life’s story in a 350-page book entitled “The Passion of Baseball”.

Noted author Bill Ryczek of Wallingford, CT will moderate the discussion. The list of panelists will be announced soon.  Ryczek has published numerous books including “The Yankees in the Early 1960s” and “The Amazin’ Mets, 1962-69”.

The Mattatuck Museum is at 144 West Main Street in Waterbury.


For more information or interviews contact the museum or, 203 380-9931 or 203 858-4890.



CT SABR Summer Newsletter is Out!

It’s time for the summer edition of The Wood Pile, the official newsletter of the Smoky Joe Wood (CT) Chapter of SABR.  I hope you enjoy looking at it!  Here a roll-up of the features and a link to the PDF:

In This Issue:

A Year Makes A Difference For Yard Goats

Ellington’s Claire Smith, Spink Award Winner

When Danbury Was a Minor League Town

Entries in a Pacific Post War Baseball Diary

Upcoming Book Releases

Frank Observations

Book Review:  Leo Durocher by Paul Dickson

Bagwell Book by CT SABR Underway

New CT Members

MLB Players with CT Connections

CT SABR Annual Report

Writing Opportunities Abound

Upcoming Events

Link:  Smoky Joe Wood CT SABR Chapter Summer 2017 Newsletter v2

Goats, Clemente & Fireworks Aug. 18



CT SABR will take in a Hartford Yard Goats game on Friday, Aug. 18, a 7:05 pm start featuring the Goats versus the Reading Fightin’ Phils.


This will be a special night.  It is Roberto Clemente Celebration Day at Dunkin Donuts Park, which will include post-game fireworks and a Latino Beisbol poster giveaway.


Our tickets includes one excellent ballpark seat, access to the air conditioned Terrace Club, and a $2 credit toward a food purchase.  Each ticket is $15.


We’ve reserved only twenty-five tickets for this game.  Please let Steve Krevisky know how many tickets you need a.s.a.p.!


Please email Steve at to reserve your tickets and snail mail a check to:


Steve Krevisky

4 Blue Meadow Road

Middletown, CT, 06457


Please make out your check to Steve Krevisky.







May 19 to June 18, 2017

Polo 1

CT SABR will auction off two seats from the Polo Grounds to benefit the chapter treasury.  The seats were generously donated by Mark Stoler, whose Dad removed them from the Polo Grounds in the 1960’s and brought them home to Connecticut.

Please see photos.

Important Details:

-Opening Bid $200

-Ends on Sunday June 18 at 12 noon EST.

-This is an “As Is” auction.  No returns.

-In person inspection: 10 am to 1 pm, June 10 at 123 Mohawk Dr., Wallingford, CT 0649

-Copy of Email about the origin of the seats from Mark Stoler included.

-Delivery method:  Pick Up only, no shipping.

-Email bids accepted at:

-Phone bids accepted during the last 3 hours of the auction.  Call Alan at 860 232-1441.

-Notes:  The metal frame is in sound shape.  The rear metal leg on seat 4 is missing.  There is a visible wood crack in the top panel of seat number 3.  They stand well on their own.

#4 is NY Giants history belongs to Mel Ott (1933 to 1947).  #3 was that of Bill Terry from ’33 to ’36.

Click on the photos to supersize them.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Bidding!


860 668 0160

Santo, Meusel & Meyers Ride High at CT SABR Game Day


A great time was had on April 22 at CT SABR’s most recent Game Day.

In attendance were Jon Daly, Bryan Sovinsky, Larry Howard, Joe Runde, Stan Dziurgot, Ray Sikora,  myself and John Garcia of Strat-O-Matic.

Mr. Garcia spoke to the group before play and it was interesting to learn that media members provide input on player ratings.  John also spoke about how S-O-M captured performance info for the recently released 1949 season set.  We had a lively Q & A with John, too, and at the end of the playing session he generously gave away 2 complete S-O-M game sets and pairs of the 2016 WS Indians and Cubs teams.

Here are the wrap-ups on three of the four games played:

Game 1:  ‘11 NY Giants beat Athletics in 11


Game 2:  Santo’s Blow Decides It, ’69 Cubs Sink Mets 5-3

Co-Managers Joe Runde and Ray Sikora split a doubleheader with Co-Managers Stan Dziurgot and Larry Howard as they martialed nines from 1911 and 1969.

In Game 1, Stan and Larry (1911 New York Giants) defeated Joe and Ray (1911 Philadelphia Athletics) in a 7-6, 11 inning thriller at the Polo Grounds. After both teams scored a run in the 1st inning, Giants ace Christy Mathewson held the Athletics scoreless from the 2nd to the 6th inning on one-hit ball. The Giants scored single runs in the 3rd (Red Murray triple) and 4th (Chief Myers double). In the 5th they extended their lead to 5-1 by scoring two runs, including one on Red Murray’s sacrifice fly, his 2nd RBI of the day. In the top of the 7th, the Athletics finally got to Mathewson, who was relieved by Doc Crandell with 1 out. The Athletics scored 4 runs to tie the game, led by RBIs from Danny Murphy (2), Rube Oldring and Amos Strunk. Crandell got one back in the bottom of the 8th with a go-ahead RBI single to put the Giants on-top 6-5, but the Athletics tied the game in the ninth when Claud Derrick scored after a triple with 1 out. After each team was held scoreless in the 10th, the Giants struck in the bottom of the 11th. Art Fletcher reached base on an error by Frank “Home Run” Baker and later scored on Chief Meyers’ RBI single, propelling the Giants to victory.

-Ray Sikora

In the second game, Joe and Ray (1969 Cubs) defeated Stan and Larry (1969 Mets) at Wrigley Field by a score of 5-3. The Mets scored first in the top of the 3rd inning on a HR by Ken Boswell off of Ferguson Jenkins. The Cubs finally got on the board vs. Tom Seaver in the bottom of the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. The Cubs’ first run scored on an error by Boswell, and Jim Qualls later added an RBI single. The Mets tied the game 2-2 in the top of the 5th; Boswell atoned for his earlier error by getting his 2nd RBI of the game. Though the Mets regained the lead in the 7th on a HR by Art Shamsky, the Cubs went ahead for good in the bottom of the 8th on Ron Santo’s three-run homer. Santo drove in Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams, who reached base on an error and a single, respectively. Despite getting a hit in the top of the ninth, the Mets could not score and were defeated by a final score of 5-3.

-Ray Sikora

Game 3:  Meusel Trip(le)s Up Bucs, 1927 Yanks  6, Pirates 5.

Brian Sovinsky managed the 1927 Pirates against the Yankees & Karl Cicitto, a rematch of that year’s WS.  Played at Forbes Field, the Yankees line up 1-to-9 was Coombs, Koenig, Ruth, Gehrig, Meusel, Lazzeri, Dugan, Collins and Hoyt.  The Bucs countered with Lloyd Waner, Traynor, Paul Waner, Harris, Grantham, Wright, Gooch, Barnhart and Meadows.  A quick scan of both line-ups showed this was one team of very good hitters against nine exceptional stickmen with other-worldly power.  The scoring came quickly.  Ruth and Gehrig doubled for a run but Paul Waner stroked a HR with his brother on board & made it 2-1 at end of the 1st.  The Bombers proceeded to plate 5 runners in the next 4 innings on dingers by Coombs & Lazzeri and a pair of triples by Meusel .  That was all the scoring Mr. Hoyt would need for a CG 6-5 victory.  Buc second bagger George Grantham had made it a tight game with a 3 run blast in the 6th, but Hoyt silenced the Corsairs in the final 3 innings, stranding 2 runners in the 8th and  retiring Barnhart, Kremer and Cuyler in a quiet bottom of the 9th.  The Yanks whacked the egg around Forbes mercilessly, recording seven extra base hits to just three for the Bucs.

NY          6   10   2

PITT       5    8    0

-Karl Cicitto


Game 4:  Dom & Joe have nice day, 1941 Yanks over Sox 7-5 in 12


Jon Daily and John Garcia faced off in a thriller between the 1941 Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway, the Bombers scoring 2 in the twelfth to register a 7-5 win.  The NY nine line-up was Rizzuto, Gordon, Joe DiMaggio, Keller, Henrich, Dickey, Rolfe, Sturnweiss and Russo on the mound. The BoSox batting order was D. DiMaggio, Doerr, Williams, Foxx, Cronin, Tabor, Finey, Pytlak with Harris hurling.   All 5 of the Red Sox runs came in just 2 innings.  Two runs came on back-to-back solo home runs by DiMaggio and Doerr in the 6th.  The other 3 Boston runs were scored in the 7th as Russo yielded 4 hits and 2 walks and was hurt by a Rizzuto error.   Joe DiMaggio started all the day’s scoring with a 3rd inning homer with Gordon aboard.  Sturnweiss singled in Henrich in the 4th.  Joe D. plated Russo with a double in the 7th.  Scooter drove in Snuffy in the top of the 9th, tying the game at 5-5, and the Bombers left the winning run on 3rd  base as Gordon, DiMaggio and Keller were foiled by the Sox bullpen.  The Yanks broke the tie in the 12th when Henrich drove in Joe D., who had reached on a Cronin error.  Dickey then singled in Henrich for an insurance run that would not be needed as the Sox could do nothing with the Yankee relievers in their half of the 12th inning.  The final was Yankees 7, Red Sox 5.      Mrs. DiMaggio could be proud of both of her boys in this one.  Joe D. came up with a double and home run in 6 AB’s.  Dominick had a fine day, too, with three hits in six AB’s including his home run.




-Karl Cicitto

Looking Back at Litwhiler


In a recent article, CT SABR Member George Pawlush looks back at Danny Litwhiler, whose centennial occurred in Summer 2016.  Dubbed the Edison of Baseball by author Dan Gutman, Danny’s inventions led to 100 innovations.   He also played for 11 MLB seasons while hitting .282 with 107 HR, making one AS team and earning a World Series ring.  A longtime collegiate coach in his post-player years, Litwhiler coached Kirk Gibson and Steve Garvey at Michigan State.

George’s article on the amazing Litwhiler appears in SABR Collegiate Research Committee Newsletter, which you can open and read at the below link:


Bagwell Panel at Q.U. on March 25

Bagwell Hartford

On Sat., March 25, CT SABR will hold its Spring Training Meeting at Quinnipiac University.  The gathering will celebrate the local roots of 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductee Jeff Bagwell with a panel discussion featuring people who played important roles on Jeff’s journey to the majors.

Panelists will include Jeff’s University of Hartford Coach Dan Gooley,  U of H team mate Brian Crowley, Broadcaster & iconic HOF host George Grande,  Xavier High School soccer team mate David Sizemore and the 1990 New Britain Red Sox G.M. Gerry Berthiaume.  Other panelists or special guests may be added.

Also on the agenda are Mark Kanter, who who will speak on his BB trip to Cuba; Joe Runde who will review his All Time Great Cubs Team; and Mark Stoler who will talk about the SABR Analytics Conference.

The event is free and open to the public.  A donation of $5 per person to offset expenses is suggested.

Date:  Sat., March 25, 2017

Time:  12:30 PM

Place:  Quinnipiac University, College of Liberal Arts, building #1, Hamden, CT.

Some Notes on our Panelists:

Dan Gooley coached Jeff Bagwell when he was at the University of Hartford.  Dan coached the Hawks from 1988 to 1992.   He coached 28 years at Quinnipiac and sent twirler Turk Wendell to the MLB, too.

George Grande is a New Haven native.  He has covered BB for 47 years on-air.  He anchored the first broadcast of ESPN’s Sport Center in 1979.  George followed Bagwell’s career closely.  He is well known to attendees of past HOF Inductions, having hosted the ceremonies from 1980 to 2010.

Brian Crowley was Jeff Bagwell’s team mate at the University of Hartford.  Crowley and Bagwell, along with Hawk team mates Chris Peterson and Pat Hedge, were known as The Crunch Bunch.  The foursome combined in 1988 for 188 runs, 245 hits, 44 doubles, 40 homers and 184 RBI in just 41 games.  Brian is an educator and has coached high school teams in New Britain and Southington.

David Sizemore was the goalkeeper on the Xavier H.S. soccer team, a team for which center-forward Jeff Bagwell scored 32 goals in his senior year.  Jeff was an All State and All New England selection that year.  David is a career educator.  He and his wife are devoted fans of the Chicago Cubs.

Gerry Berthiaume was the GM of the New Britain Red Sox from 1983 to 1994, including Jeff’s 1990 Eastern League MVP season.  Gerry was actively involved in the scrum that followed the trade of Jeff from the Red Sox to the Astros on August 30, 1990.

For more information contact Karl Cicitto at

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes

The AP Story…….

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes

By JANIE MCCAULEY | The Associated Press

February 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm



PHOENIX — Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher’s mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport’s labor contract.

Union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

“Unfortunately it now appears that there really won’t be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA,” Manfred said Tuesday during a news conference. “I’ve tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game’s unique place in American culture.”

MLB has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level — at the top of the kneecap. Management would like to install 20-second pitch clocks in an attempt to speed the pace of play — they have been used at Triple-A and Double-A for the past two seasons.

Players also have been against limiting mound meetings. The least controversial change appears to be allowing a team to call for an intentional walk without the pitcher having to throw pitches. In addition, MLB likely can alter some video review rules without the union’s agreement— such as shortening the time a manager has to call for a review.

“Most of this stuff that they were talking about I don’t think it would have been a major adjustment for us,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Manfred said starting runners on second base in extra innings sounds unlikely to be implemented in the majors. The change will be experimented with during the World Baseball Classic and perhaps at some short-season Class A leagues. Manfred said it was a special-purpose rule “beneficial in developmental leagues.”

Manfred also said Tuesday that a renovated Wrigley Field would be a great choice to host an All-Star Game and Las Vegas could be a “viable market for us.”

“I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city,” Manfred said.