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 (

We invite you also to follow us on social media. Our Twitter handle is @sabrvt

Bill Ryczek & Walpole Joe at Springfield SABR April 23

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The Rabbit Maranville (MA.) SABR Chapter has a dandy line-up set for their next gathering on April 23.


JOE MORGAN has agreed to appear provided his health allows. Joe managed the Boston Red Sox from after the all-star break in 1988 through the 1991 season. The Red Sox won the A.L. East in 1988 under the influence of “Morgan Magic”, winning 24 straight home games and earning an unlikely playoff berth. Walpole Joe led them to the division crown again in 1990. Morgan is enshrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and managed such players as Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, Jim Rice and Dwight Evans.


BILL BALLOU: A veteran baseball writer,Bill has covered the Boston Red Sox since 1987 for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette of Worcester. Bill will share a wealth of stories and personal experiences from behind the scenes in over 30 years of reporting on the Boston Red Sox.


WILLIAM RYCZEK:  Bill will talk about his new baseball book “Baseball on the Brink: The Crisis of 1968.” Colorful characters like Charles O. Finley and Ken Harrelson are covered along with memorable pitching performances from Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale & others.


Refreshments will be served and there will be a new selection of baseball books, hats, and other baseball related items for sale.


Monday, April 23, 2018

TIME:      7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Western New England University

Bears Den – Lower Level of the Campus Center

1215 Wilbraham Road

Springfield, MA 01119


If you have any questions, please call or e-mail the Springfield chapter leaders Jim Winston (President), (413) 584-1110 or Steve Manioudakis (VP/Secretary), 413-427-4681



WRAP: Spring Meeting Had Press, Pike & Nap

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By Karl Cicitto

Alan Cohen Photos

About 40 attended the March 17 general chapter meeting at Quinnipiac.  Steve K. led off the meeting with welcoming remarks and announcements.

Karl moderated a media panel in honor of retired Courant Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein. Otto was joined on the panel by Jack O’Connell of the BBWAA, John Altavilla, award winner sports reporter of The Courant/NH Register, and Tom Yantz, award winning author of 10,000 stories in The Courant. Claire Smith was unable to appear due to illness. A discussion of Otto’s career (4 Sports Section Triple Crowns) gave way to a vigorous audience Q & A session. Otto explained that athletes are people just like you or I and he found it critical to use restraint in determining what got into the paper. Mr. Altavilla spoke about how he fulfilled his dream of scribing for The Courant, covering the MLB, NHL, UConn and nine Super Bowls. The segment closed with Joe Williams asking about legendary schoolboy reporter Bo Kolinsky, who Otto and Yantz described as a tireless, generous, good natured reporter who passed too young, and whose coverage seemed to touch the entire state. The panel concluded with the presentation of a citation to Otto from the Hon. John Larson, and a cake.

Following a break, Mickey Tangel spoke about Lipman Pike, the 19th Century slugger who was MLB’s first Jewish superstar. Mickey covered Lip’s family, early years, and the influences that led him to become a famed and well-traveled amateur. Mickey explained that Pike was a master of the fair-foul hit, a batting technique that caused the batted ball to at first strike fair ground and then zoom away from the fielders into foul territory. Since a ball struck in that fashion was considered a fair ball in the 1870’s, the speedy Pike made the most of it while batting .346, .355 and .377 in his prime. Pike is Mickey’s personal work in progress and the research goes on.

Bill Nowlin spoke about his new book, Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox.  Some of what Bill uncovered included how rich kid Yawkey voluntarily worked in an Arizona coal mine and was embarrassed by his wealth. He worshipped ballplayers, having met Cobb as a kid. Even with his favorites like Yaz his familiarity with players did not extend outside Fenway; Yawkey ate most of his dinners in Boston alone at the Ritz Carlton. Bill spoke about the racist label that Yawkey continues to wear. He mentioned that Reggie Smith received special and personal financial support from Yawkey and that Jim Lonborg said that Yawkey underwent a gradual transformation about race. Bill made an overarching point:  We blame baseball for not being better about integration but seldom credit the game for integrating before everyone else did everywhere else.

There were some announcements between speakers. Alan mentioned that four new SABR books would be out soon about the Pirates, Rockies, Mets and Rangers.  Tom Monitto announced a Strat-O-Matic event (The next one is on May 5.)  Steve proposed a chapter project that would create a calendar of CT born MLB player birthdays.  Bill Ryczek talked about his upcoming 19th Century radio broadcast of the famous 1870 Red Stockings-Atlantics game.

Greg Rubano spoke about his book, In Ty Cobb’s Shadow: The Story of Napoleon Lajoie, Baseball’s First Superstar.  Greg clarified the pronunciation issue with Lajoie’s name by explaining that Nap’s neice said that despite many alternatives the family pronounces it “Lajoy”. Greg established how towering a figure Lajoie was. In 1901, Nap helped the new American League establish credibility as he became the #1 draw. He was beloved from Woonsocket to Cleveland. He was among the few with his image on a decal bat and perhaps the first player to appear in a Coke ad. He received more HOF votes in 1936 than Cy Young — and Speaker, Hornsby and Sisler.  Lajoie was baseball’s biggest star until a comet named Cobb arrived. Greg is involved in the legacy of Lajoie beyond the book.  He also wrote a young readers book about the star and has worked in the community to send the message of how humble origins are not necessarily a barrier to transcendent success, as was the case with Nap.

George Pawlush presented on his upcoming book, Dawn and Dusk of the Colonial League, a league which operated from 1947 to 1950 as a Class B minor loop in Waterbury, Bristol, New London, Stamford and Bridgeport. George showed slides of the ballplayers, most of whom did not reach the Bigs, with the notable exception of Preston Gomez, Ruben Gomez and Carolos Bernier. George also featured men who succeeded but not as players including MLB umpire Ed Sudol, NBA Ref Sid Borgia, and NBA Commissioner J Walter Kennedy.  The Colonial League story is that of a circuit that constantly hovered on the edge of financial collapse while bringing a fine article of baseball to such old CT parks as Muzzy Field in Bristol, Municipal Stadium in Waterbury and spanking new Candelite Stadium in Bridgeport, complete with a midget racing track on the diamond’s perimeter.  The book is a great blend of post-war baseball and local CT history.

Last but not least, the book sale as set up by Alan Cohen and more than a dozen books found new homes.

HOF’ers Star at Strat Event

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by Matt Monitto

A pair of March 24 Strat-o-Matic games between Hall of Famer superteams ended the same way: in attempted ninth-inning comebacks that fell short. The Yankee Thunder team won both matches, defeating the HOF “Grays” 7-6 and the HOF “Expos” 9-6.
Greg Maddux starred for Yankee Thunder in the first game, allowing only one run on four hits through his first eight innings of work, while his offense took a 7-1 lead thanks to home runs by George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Dickey. However, the HOF Grays saw their first four batters in the ninth knock Maddux out of the game, as Eddie Mathews struck the first blow with a two-run home run. Dennis Eckersley entered in relief and gave up a bases-loaded double to Jackie Robinson, reducing the deficit to one, but with two on got Mickey Mantle to pop out and struck out Johnny Mize to end the game.
Yankee Thunder continued their streak of strong pitching and explosive offense in the second game, as Randy Johnson struck out 11 over eight innings while Ernie Banks clobbered two home runs. Again, Yankee Thunder took an early lead taking a 5-2 lead into the seventh. However, Rod Carew’s RBI double and Hank Aaron’s two-run home run brought home three runs for the HOF Expos to even the score. But in the bottom of the eighth, Yankee Thunder brought home four runs thanks to a Carlton Fisk two-run triple and Banks’ second home run of the game. The HOF Expos mounted a two-out rally in the top of the ninth, loading the bases and bringing the winning run to the plate, but Eckersley got Eddie Murray to ground out, completing the sweep.
Join us for our next chapter Strat game event on May 5.  Details are at this link: