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Soolman Manages To Live A Baseball Dream

TweetMedford’s Harvey Soolman couldn’t make the Northeastern varsity baseball team, but he quickly found a home in the Park League. Somewhere under the crumbling cement bleachers at Kelly Field in Hyde Park, Harvey -Soolman works his way through a sea of equipment and benches in the dark, finds a fuse box on the wall, and […]

Park League takes fans, players back … way back

TweetIt’s a sultry summer night, and the collision of wooden bats and hurtling baseballs echoes around the cozy grass amphitheater of Fallon Field in Roslindale. “Nice throw, Danny!’’ barks Franz Strassmann, the coach of Grossman Marketing, which is battling to wrap up a playoff berth. Scattered applause ripples from the metal bleachers behind home plate […]

Ross Still Feared After A Decade In Park League

TweetBoston Padres manager Ed Neal cannot remember how Foxborough’s Mike Ross ended up with his team nearly 10 years ago. But after all this time, he is happy Ross stuck around. Ross was among the Padres’ leading hitters as he helped the team earn its first Boston Park League championship last month. The outfielder hit […]

For The Love Of The Game

TweetThough he last wore a Harvard University baseball uniform in the spring of 1999, Hal Carey still holds school records for career hits and stolen bases. The Needham native is still playing the game he loves, and playing it well, in the nation’s oldest continuous amateur baseball league. Carey, head baseball coach at his high […]

More to Driscoll’s Life Than Umpiring

TweetIt was a playoff game between Reading and Tewksbury and the schedule-maker assigned two guys named Driscoll as the umpires. The base umpire, Joe Driscoll, seemingly had been around baseball forever, a veteran arbiter whom everybody trusted. The plate umpire was Joe’s son, Todd. He was young, inexperienced. There were fears he’d make a bad call […]

A Faded Glory, But A Glory Of Summer Nonetheless

TweetTall, lanky left-hander Zak Smotherman throws a sharply curving breaking ball that would fool even the most skilled of hitters. The pitch stuns the right-handed batter, as the umpire bellows out the verdict for the handful of fans. The batter, clearly upset, wipes the sweat off of his face with the sleeve of his Mass. […]

Local Boy Does Good

TweetIt was a scene from an earlier, simpler time, before the onslaught of cell phones, pagers and wide-screen, high-definition television. The Padres, a longtime entry in the Boston Park League, and in a scramble for the BPL’s two remaining playoff spots, had just emerged with a 6-3 victory over Cannon Club at Hyde Park’s Ross […]

True Blue

TweetThe rules of etiquette in amateur baseball are quite clear in the matter of players losing their cool. You throw your helmet, you’re gone. You throw your bat, you’re gone. No discussion, no debates, no appeals. But even very good umpires do not have eyes in the back of their heads. So let’s say a […]