We’re about to arrive at the sweetest moment on the baseball calendar and nothing in all of sport quite matches it. We speak of Hall of Fame Day at Cooperstown on the banks of that shimmering pond that Fenimore Cooper glorified where at the high point of every summer the grand old game is again, indisputably and profoundly, “The American Pastime,” If only for a day! Read more
As June ends, so does the first half of the season. In Baseball, time flies even when you’re not having so much fun. Hereabouts, one question emerges above all. Where have the “Beasts of the American League East” gone?
We’re accustomed to being among the class acts in the high-rent district. It had become axiomatic that the East was where the real action was, and all the best entertainment, too. To dominate the AL East was to be featured weekly on the networks, fawned over lavishly by the pundits, feared the most by other teams, and favored invariably in the post-season. Read more
Jun. 18, 2014
Pandemnonium reigned inside The Banshee Pub on Dorchester Avenue on Sunday evening as the United States defeated Ghana, 2-1, in World Cup tournament play. Strangers hugged, women were hoisted onto shoulders, and splashes of beer sprayed the room.
A small contingent of Ghana supporters on site were offered heartfelt handshakes and conciliatory embraces as images of their vanquished countrymen flashed on the bar’s ten flatscreens. Read more
When the first half-inning of Savin Hill Challenger baseball ended on Sunday afternoon, the pitcher, Billy Farrell, lingered on the mound for a good, long minute. A long-time civic leader and volunteer coach from Meeting House Hill, Farrell had just watched the bases cleared on a base hit by an autistic boy from Dorchester— Xavier Bell— who had never before stepped onto a ball field.
“This was— by far— the greatest experience I have ever had as a player or a coach playing baseball,” gushed Farrell, one of dozens of volunteers who shadowed players for the day. He was ready to pass pitching duties off to the next helper. “Someone else has to come out and enjoy it. I cannot be this selfish.”
Have some bits and pieces from the sporting scene for you to chew on while we all gird for the garrison rush to a conclusion for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And if this glorious bash were to last until August, that would be fine with me. Read more
May. 8, 2014
It’s been a season full of thrill and excitement for the color guard team at St. Ann’s of Neponset. Last month, the team members packed up their bags—and their flags—and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate alongside 12,000 others in the Sport of the Arts World Championships, an international competition for color guard teams and percussion ensembles. Read more
Feb. 27, 2014
Registration for Cedar Grove Baseball continues this week with a March 3 deadline for discounted fees. The league, serving the youth of Dorchester for over six decades, has a new website that allows for registration online: cedargrovebaseball.com The league is also hosting an in-person sign-up session on Sat. March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard J Murphy School/Leahy-Halloran Community Center at One Worrell Street. Children ages 5-15 can play in Cedar Grove Baseball. The league’s t-ball division includes kids ages 5-7 (as of April 30). T-ball games are played at Dorchester Park. Read more
Savin Hill Little League will introduce a new division specifically for developmentally and physically challenged youth this season. The “Challenger” division will be the first opportunity for non-typical kids to play baseball in their own neighborhood.
“The hope is to set them up with buddies and bring them all together socially and to have fun playing baseball,” said Brendan McDonough, who is serving as commissioner of the Challenger division. “For some kids who’ve tried baseball, and it didn’t work out for them, this gives them another option.” Read more
Feb. 13, 2014
While she waits hopefully for an appointment to the Boston Police Academy, Dorchester’s Michelle Egan is keeping busy sparring and competing in the boxing ring. Last Tuesday, the 28-year-old Granville Street resident won her bout in the 125-pound weight class in the Central New England finals of the annual Golden Gloves amateur competition. She will follow that up with a match next Tuesday night in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium against the top competitor in the 119-pound ranks.
A lifelong resident of Dorchester resident, Egan is a graduate of the St. Brendan School, where she played on the CYO softball team, Archbishop Williams High in Braintree, and Curry College in Milton. She works as the population manager for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
Last renovated in 1998, the fields at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park — more commonly called Town Field— will get a $275,000 facelift starting this summer, along with a public art project that is still in development. Residents at a community meeting held last Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Cleveland Community Center gave their input with some saying that the park’s current condition is an embarrassment.
Among the issues the renovations will hope to address are drainage, fence repair, repair to the batting cages. The playground will not be included in the renovation, said Allison Perlman, project manager for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Read more