The season ends with a mighty roar just a half stride before the gathering storm. November beckons. It is time – maybe overdue – to put the baseball season to rest. They were shivering in the seats as the Detroit Tigers vainly expired. Not that the San Francisco Giants were unworthy. Baseball generations down the road may well marvel at what they did with so much casual élan. Read more
It was still in the early innings of a Saturday morning baseball game at Town Field when Jim Collyer – Dorchester’s answer to Johnny Pesky – went over to the first base line and opened up his fold-up chair. Soon after, one of the players, a five-year-old T-baller, came over to Collyer and said, “You got old. How come you got old?”
The question drew a laugh from the 84-year-old Collyer, who has been playing or prowling the coach’s circle in this Fields Corner yard for more than six decades. He has seen and heard a lot.
“It made me feel good,” he said, “because I’m thinking, ‘Hey, I was old last year too!’ But I guess I didn’t look old then. Kids have such wisdom at that age.” Read more
Aug. 16, 2012
While most of Dorchester spends the dog days of summer trying to stay cool, there is a group of women who heat up the night every Wednesday as part of the Hemenway Park Women’s basketball league.
“The heat isn’t too bad, but the basketball is great,” said Molly Dalton of Plain Street, adding “it’s so much fun to come out and play every week.” Read more
Two years after their well-respected boxing gym was abruptly displaced from its Uphams Corner home of 12 years, the Grealish family is back in Dorchester with a new space on Freeport Street. The gym, which shares space with another fitness club in a second-floor walk up at 79 Freeport St., has been open for about two months, but is already buzzing with activity.
Martin Grealish, a 66-year-old native of Co. Galway, Ireland, and his son Gerry, a Boston firefighter, lead the daily training sessions at the gym. Nikki (Grealish) Dillon, Martin’s daughter, also helps teach the sport to kids — some as young as five. And Martin’s wife Yvonne, who grew up with a boxing pedigree of her own, is also a big part of the family business. Read more
A Boston cop with deep Dot roots notched his second pro boxing victory on Sunday night in front of a Gillette Stadium crowd. Billy Traft, a 33-year-old who was born-and-raised in Adams Corner, stunned opponent Dan Bonnell with a knockout after just one round. Read more
Jul. 26, 2012
After going undefeated with an 8-0 record during the regular season, the Dorchester Youth Soccer U11 boys’ travel team won the Boston Area Youth Soccer league Division 1A last month, garnering a first place trophy.
“It was brilliant,” Coach Phil Keane said. “To go undefeated in the league, it doesn’t happen that often. To be at the top level for their age group is a great achievement.” Read more
Jul. 12, 2012
Above, (front row, l-r): Mia and Neve Harrington; second row, l-r: Jonathan Cardoso (assistant), Carlos Andrade, Philip Chomicki, Luke Harrington, Aron Bernardez, Helder Batista, Mauro Barbosa, Alden Rosa, Rivaldo Miranda, Richardson Valbrun; back row, l-r: Coach Kieran Harrington, Jeffrey Monteiro, Heroldens Limage, Roberto Broxton, Malcom Peterkin, Denislon Goncalves, Emmett Smith, Felipe Cifuentas and Coach Tony Cardoso.
Three Dorchester Youth Soccer Club’s Boys Travel Teams recently qualified to represent Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). Last Sunday, the U14 team won its final match and was awarded a gold medal, while the U16 and U18 were each awarded silver medals in their divisions. Read more
Jul. 4, 2012
Most football fans know New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin, the winner of two Super Bowl games against the New England Patriots of Bill Belichick, as an intense, no-nonsense guy who brooks no dissent from his autocratic, perfectionist ways of running his team. He’s the man who is known for fining his players when they arrive for a 9 a.m. meeting at 9 a.m. To him, 9 a.m. meetings apparently begin no later than 8:50 a.m. Read more
The A’s won the Savin Hill Little League championship in their minor league division last Saturday and so the team, per tradition in Savin Hill, took a fully clothed dip in the waters of the nearby beach after the game at McConnell Park. Shown, from left, areJames Dillon, Daniel Moran, CJ Chevallier, Joe Gillis, Tom Gillis, Jack Studley, Cole Pessia, John MacFarland, Matthew Studley, Douglas George, Ben Curley, with coaches Coleman Flaherty, Doug George, and Pat Ryan. Sean Keating did not make it into the the picture.
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Jun. 21, 2012
Derek McCleary never played soccer beyond his backyard when he was growing up in Fields Corner. But now he helps coach and organize the Boston Victory Soccer Academy, a Quincy-based club that is affiliated with a semi-professional team. Read more