Baseball http://wamc.org en A Night At Wahconah Park http://wamc.org/post/night-wahconah-park <p>With summer in full swing, baseball fans across the country are flocking to the ballpark. In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a city that claims to have made the first written reference to the game in 1791 — when it banned the sport from being played within 80 yards of a meeting house — the destination is Wahconah Park. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spent a night at the storied ballpark now home to the <a href="http://With summer in full swing, baseball fans across the country are flocking to the ballpark. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:35:47 +0000 Jim Levulis 93956 at http://wamc.org A Night At Wahconah Park Cooperstown Preparing For President's Arrival http://wamc.org/post/cooperstown-preparing-presidents-arrival <p></p><p>The Village of Cooperstown and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are preparing for the arrival of President Barack Obama tomorrow. The president is scheduled to speak about the tourism economy, just before the start of Memorial Day Weekend.</p><p></p><p>Jeff Katz, mayor of Cooperstown, says the village is eagerly awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama on Thursday.</p><p>“It’s very exciting. All the residents, all the businesses I’ve spoke to are pinching themselves asking if it’s really true,” said Katz.</p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:15:50 +0000 Lucas Willard 91009 at http://wamc.org Cooperstown Preparing For President's Arrival Pete Rose: An American Dilemma http://wamc.org/post/pete-rose-american-dilemma <p>As we near another season, the sport’s all-time hits leader remains banned from baseball and its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It’s a stark problem in America’s pastime: some of its greatest players, including its home run champion Barry Bonds and other bashers from the steroid era, have an uneasy relationship with the sport and a worse one with fans, media and the record book. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 86721 at http://wamc.org Pete Rose: An American Dilemma "The Fight Of Their Lives" By John Rosengren http://wamc.org/post/fight-their-lives-john-rosengren <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when baseball’s most storied rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, vied for the pennant, the national pastime reflected the tensions in society and nearly sullied two men forever.</span></p><p>Juan Marichal, a Dominican anxious about his family’s safety during the civil war back home, and John Roseboro, a black man living in South Central L.A. shaken by the Watts riots a week earlier, attacked one another in a moment immortalized by an iconic photo: Marichal’s bat poised to strike Roseboro’s head.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86183 at http://wamc.org "The Fight Of Their Lives" By John Rosengren Baseball In Pittsfield Seeing New Light http://wamc.org/post/baseball-pittsfield-seeing-new-light <p>A city with a ballpark steeped in history is being reenergized by its hometown team and its lineup of youthful leaders.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 83149 at http://wamc.org Baseball In Pittsfield Seeing New Light Baseball Hall Of Famer Ralph Kiner Dies At 91 http://wamc.org/post/baseball-hall-famer-ralph-kiner-dies-91 <p>Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner has died at age 91. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:31:48 +0000 Ian Pickus 83335 at http://wamc.org Baseball Hall Of Famer Ralph Kiner Dies At 91 "Bronx Bombers" Begins Previews Next Week http://wamc.org/post/bronx-bombers-begins-previews-next-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.bronxbombersplay.com/"><em>Bronx Bombers</em></a> is a new play from the team behind Broadway's <em>Lombardi</em> that follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage.</p><p>The show - written and directed by Eric Simonson - begins previews at Circle In The Square Theatre in New York City next week with Peter Scolari in the role of Yogi Berra and his real-life wife, Tracy Shayne, as Yogi’s wife, Carmen, with other accomplished actors portraying Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, and other iconic Pinstripers.</p><p><em>Bronx Bombers</em> is an original project conceived and commissioned by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo. Together they bring new, original plays to the stage combining the drama of sports and entertainment through <a href="http://www.kirmserponturo.com/‎">Kirmser Ponturo Group</a>. <em>Lombardi</em> and <em>Magic/Bird</em> were the first two productions in the series - <em>Bronx Bombers</em> is the third.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 81043 at http://wamc.org "Bronx Bombers" Begins Previews Next Week Ed Lucas http://wamc.org/post/ed-lucas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For the last several weeks, we have had a terrific team of interns helping with the task of putting this and other WAMC programs on the air. Throughout the semester, you have heard from our other interns - Patrick Garrett and Josh Natoli. This morning you will hear from Blaise Bryant.</p><p>Blaise is a senior at the College of St. Rose in Albany and is a Communications major. He is also blind. With a lifelong interest in sports and sports broadcasting, Blaise speaks this morning with one of his heroes, Ed Lucas.</p><p>For nearly 55 years, journalist Ed Lucas has proven there are no true handicaps in life. Despite his dreams of making baseball's big leagues, Lucas lost his sight at the age of 12 after being hit in the face with a line-drive. While unable to play the game, he has been a presence in the New York sports scene for more than half a century as a reporter covering the Yankees and Mets.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Blaise Bryant 80118 at http://wamc.org Ed Lucas 11/21/13 Panel http://wamc.org/post/112113-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Afghan Pact<br />Nuclear Option?<br />Kennedy Conspiracy Poll<br />Congressman Cocaine<br />A-Rod</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78272 at http://wamc.org Hidden History Of The Mohawk Valley With Bob Cudmore http://wamc.org/post/hidden-history-mohawk-valley-bob-cudmore <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Much of the history of New York's scenic Mohawk Valley has been recounted time and again. But so many other stories have remained buried, almost lost from memory. Enter </span><a href="http://www.bobcudmore.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob Cudmore</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his new book - </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley: The Baseball Oracle, the Mohawk Encampment and More</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The man called the baseball oracle correctly predicted the outcome of twenty-one major-league games. Mrs. Bennett, a friend of Governor Thomas Dewey, owned the Tower restaurant and lived in the unique Cranesville building. An Amsterdam sailor cheated death onboard a stricken submarine.</p><p>Not only people but once-loved places are also all but forgotten, like the twentieth-century Mohawk Indian encampment and the Camp in the Adirondacks, where Kirk Douglas was a counselor. Local historian Bob Cudmore delves deep into the region's history to find its most fascinating pieces of hidden history.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77353 at http://wamc.org Hidden History Of The Mohawk Valley With Bob Cudmore