Baseball

New England News
12:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Night At Wahconah Park

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

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Central New York News
6:15 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Cooperstown Preparing For President's Arrival

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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.

Jeff Katz, mayor of Cooperstown, says the village is eagerly awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama on Thursday.

“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.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

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.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

"The Fight Of Their Lives" By John Rosengren

    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.

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.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Baseball In Pittsfield Seeing New Light

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A city with a ballpark steeped in history is being reenergized by its hometown team and its lineup of youthful leaders.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Baseball Hall Of Famer Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

Ralph Kiner
Credit Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner has died at age 91.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 2, 2014

"Bronx Bombers" Begins Previews Next Week

Illustration by Mark Ulriksen

    Bronx Bombers is a new play from the team behind Broadway's Lombardi 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.

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.

Bronx Bombers 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 Kirmser Ponturo Group. Lombardi and Magic/Bird were the first two productions in the series - Bronx Bombers is the third.

Sports
10:35 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Ed Lucas

Reggie Jackson and Ed Lucas

    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.

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.

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.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

11/21/13 Panel

  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.

Topics include:
Afghan Pact
Nuclear Option?
Kennedy Conspiracy Poll
Congressman Cocaine
A-Rod

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Hidden History Of The Mohawk Valley With Bob Cudmore

    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 Bob Cudmore and his new book - Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley: The Baseball Oracle, the Mohawk Encampment and More.

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.

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.

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