January Newsletter is out!



The January 2019 issue of The Wood Pile, newsletter of the Smoky Joe Wood CT chapter of S.A.B.R. is out.  Here’s the link…

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This issue includes…

-Greeting, Hearts & Darts by Steve Krevisky

-A Californian’s tribute to George H.W. Bush by Michael Ego

-Deep base ball questions by Ezra Counts

-Five MLB ballparks in five days by Ray Sikora

-Bob Feller Act of Valor Awards by Doug Kern

-Wrap-ups for the Holiday Luncheon, General Meeting and Strat-O-Matic Game Day

-Current CT players in MLB by Stan Osowiecki

-1943: Braves train in Wallingford, CT by Stan Dziurgot

-Umpires and exotic dancers by Bill Ryczek

-CT vintage base ball 2019 by Mike Driemiller

-Frank Observations by M Frank

-The East-West Negro League All Star Games by Alan Cohen

-Cliff notes on last issue from Cliff Blau

Please send comments and Q’s to me at kcicitto@cox.net

Have a great day!


Just 11 Days ‘Till Holiday Luncheon!

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The CT SABR Holiday Luncheon will take place on Saturday, December 22, from 12 to 3 p.m., at Portofino’s Italian Restaurant, 246 New Britain Road, Kensington, CT, 06037.

There will be a buffet lunch costing $30 per person. Family and friends are welcome.

Mark Kanter will speak about his 16 day trip to Japan, which included 8 days with tour operator, Japan Ball.  Mark observed local baseball fetishes and culture while traveling 15,000+ miles in all.  Among cities visited were Osaka, Yokohama, Hiroshima and Tokyo.  There are no less than 6 major league teams in the Tokyo Metro alone!

By experiencing baseball in Japan, the worldwide wandering Kanter has added to his list of diamond destinations which includes Cuba and Puerto Rico — not to mention the overseas SABR member connections Mark has made while in England and Australia.

Expect a good time, good fellowship, great food and an interesting program at this event!

To reserve your seat(s) please email Alan at adc0317@comcast.net as soon as possible.  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 stanyank7@yahoo.com.



New Date/Place Next Meeting – Nov 3


Sat., Nov. 3, 2018.  The next general meeting of CT SABR has a new time and place! The meeting will start at 1 pm on Sat. Nov. 3 at Middlesex Community College. Steve Krevisky will talk about Wilbur Cooper, arguably the greatest pitcher in Pittsburgh Pirate history. Duke Goldman will present on the Negro League Owners Meetings. Bill Ryczek will present an original, retro radio broadcast of the game of the century: the 1870 Red Stockings vs. Atlantics. Alan Cohen will speak about Negro Barnstormers at Forbes Field. There will be a Book Sale and Refreshments. This 1 pm meeting will be in Room 605, Chapman Hall (lower level), Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT. 06457. For more information contact a chapter leader:  Steve at SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu, Alan at adc0317@comcast.net, Stan at stanyank7@yahoo.com, or Karl at kcicitto@cox.net.

Press heralds book by CT SABR’s Pawlush



SABR member George Pawlush of Cheshire is having a good year.  So far in 2018, he has been appointed to lead SABR’s Minor League Research Committee and has fulfilled his dream of writing a book about the Colonial League.  Click this link to read a PDF of the Cheshire Herald’s story about George and his book.

(There are two links, story in two parts.)

Pawlush PDF 1

Pawlush PDF 2



PawSox and the AAA move to The Woo



Email received today from Joanne Hulbert, Boston Chapter….

This week, the Boston Globe announced the Pawsox would be moved to Worcester sometime around 2021 – and become known, perhaps as the “WooSox.” We’ll see about that nickname…. Although many of us will lament the move away from Pawtucket, others will celebrate the return of a team in Worcester. The plans for the new baseball park have been revealed, and both the plans of the park and its setting certainly look quite nice. With Janet Marie Smith involved, the park is likely to be winner.

Worcester certainly has a long history when it comes to baseball, going back to before the Civil War, having spent a few years as home to a National League team – the Brown Stockings, as well as many minor league teams from which great stories have been told. And, “Casey at the Bat” was written by Worcester resident, Ernest Thayer. This is just a small bit of Worcester’s contributions to baseball history. And now, here comes baseball back to Worcester.

For a long time, we have been very lucky to have Pawtucket as a location for the RI Chapter meetings. I certainly hope members will consider traveling up Rte 146 in the future.

We hope when Worcester is up and running that we can develop a similar relationship with the new location. Many years ago, the Jesse Burkett Chapter of Worcester was a thriving organization that has since faded away. Let’s see if we can re-visit the Worcester Chapter, get it up and running again, and be ready when the WooSox take to the field, and we can continue the legacy so well supported by the RI Chapter.

Anyone interested in re-starting the Worcester Chapter? Please give it some serious thought, be brave and step up to the plate! Just a half dozen persons can get a SABR chapter organized and there is lots of help to call upon for advice- from the chapters in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Springfield as well from SABR HQ.

Joanne Hulbert
SABR Boston Chapter.

Hartford Yard Goats Fan Fest June 16!

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From the Connecticare web-site:

Calling all Hartford Yard Goats fans! Meet some of our hometown team’s players and play with some adorable mini goats! Plus there will be games, snacks and free drawings for tickets to the 8/3 Yard Goats baseball game. The first 50 guests will receive a Yard Goats baseball hat or bag. There’ll be some great photo opportunities – your kids will have a blast! This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

Manchester ConnectiCare Center

1487 Pleasant Valley Rd, Manchester, CT 06042, USA


STRAT-O-MATIC Game Day – Grillin’ & Chillin’ in Bristol.


On a picture perfect Cinco de Mayo morning, 9 SABR members and friends gathered in Tom and Matt Monito’s backyard for grilling, chilling and the playing of Strat-O-Matic Baseball with vintage teams.


On hand were Joe Runde, Larry Howard, Stan Dziurgot, Ray Sikora, Bryan Sovinsky, John Garcia of Strat-O-Matic, Tom and Matt and myself.


When the games were done Tom and Matt grilled dogs and burgers for all. Thanks to our gracious hosts we all had a great time.


Here are three game write-ups:


HOF’ers 2, 1949 NY Giants 0.


At Monitto Stadium in Bristol CT on Saturday 5/5/18, the Hall of Famers , managed by Stan Dziurgot and Larry Howard defeated the 1949 NY Giants squad, managed by Ray Sikora. Greg Maddux shutout the Giants  2-0 with an impressive 4 hit game, along with 7 K’s and only 1 BB. Maddux retired the side, facing the minimum Giants batters, in 5 of the 9 innings. In the first inning, Hank Thompson singled, Johnny Mize later doubled, but the Giants failed to score when Sid Gordon lined out to third. The Giants could not muster any real threat to score for the remainder of the game as Maddux faced only 3 or 4 batters in innings two through nine.


Although Sheldon Jones only gave up 5 hits in his 7 innings of pitching, his control issues led to 4 walks. In the second inning, walks to Dave Winfield and Bill Dickey along with a 2 out single by Tony Gwynn loaded the bases. Frank Frisch’s single drove Winfield in with the 1st run. The second run scored on an error by Wes Westrum with George Brett batting.


-Ray Sikora



1925 Yankees 11, Senators 1.


On the morning of May 5, the clock was turned back to 1924 for a Strat-o-Matic game between the Washington Senators and New York Yankees. To the surprise of players and observers alike, Washington starter Walter Johnson was knocked out of the box in the third inning, giving up seven runs en route to an 11-1 Yankees victory.


After Johnson gave up a single and triple to the first two batters of the third, Curly Ogden entered and pitched five-plus relief innings, keeping the Yankees off the scoreboard again through the seventh. But New York’s bats got to him in the eighth, as Ernie Johnson led off the inning with his second triple of the game before Wally Schang belted a two-run home run. By Speece finished the game for Washington; despite allowing two more runs to score, he stranded the bases loaded.


Offensive stars for the Yankees included Babe Ruth, who went 4-4 and ended a home run shy of the cycle; Johnson, 2-5 with two triples; and Schang, 3-4 with the game’s only home run. Herb Pennock pitched a complete game four-hitter for New York, allowing only one run in the seventh when Roger Peckinpaugh’s fly to center brought home Earl McNeely, who had tripled.


-Matt Monitto



2012 Tigers 4, Giants 0.



In a game that matched the 2012 WS opponents, Justin Verlander allowed zero runs against Buster Pose and friends, facing just 26 batters over eight and delivering a 4 – 0 win. A bases loaded single by Prince Fielder drove in Quintin Berry and Austin Jackson in the third. Delmon Young singled in Miguel Cabrera for the third tally of that inning. Young would later drive in Brennan Boesch (who had tripled) with a groundball in the fifth for the final run scored in the game. Verlander was so dominant that he faced the minimum 3 batters six times in the white washing.  He also struck out the side in the fifth. Were it not for Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford, the 6’5” Kitty Kat might have hurled a no-hitter. Blanco singled and Crawford had a double and a bingle.  Those 3 were the only hits against the tall fireballer this day.


The managers were Joe Runde and myself. The game was played using the super advanced version in which ballpark effect and effective-innings-rating came into play.


-Karl Cicitto

Vermont SABR Announces Spring Speakers

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The Society for American Baseball Research will be holding its Spring 2018 Research Meeting on Sunday April 22nd from 1-4 PM at the Miller Center in Burlington.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Miller Center is located at 130 Gosse Court, just off North Avenue in Burlington’s New North End. There will be free and ample parking.

This meeting will feature five research presentations on all aspects of baseball history.

Professor Scott Roper of Castleton University will be speaking about “Wobblies, Immigrants, and the Baseball Creed: Constructing and Controlling Textile Field in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1912-1916.”

Tom Haley of the Rutland Herald will be discussing Vermonters who have just missed making the Major Leagues.

Barry Trutor of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) will talk about his research into Major League Baseball players buried in Vermont cemeteries.

Chuck McGill will introduce us to his research into no-hitters in the minor leagues.

Clayton Trutor will be discussing the history of baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award, which honors players who have personal or physical adversity in their careers.

For more information, please contact Clayton Trutor, SABR-Vermont chair, by phone (612-839-7626) or via email (ctrutor@gmail.com).

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