A Park Leaguer Making His Breaks

When Vin Russomagno tells his story, his voice strains to acquire a third- person tone.

The dislocated elbow. The unexplained seizure. The broken cheek. The stretchy valve in his heart. It doesn’t make any sense to him. After all, he is 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds of muscle. Such ailments are reserved for the frail among us.

But Russomagno, an outfielder-first baseman for Great Scott of the Park League, thinks he may be over that now. Given a medical go- ahead to resume normal activities two weeks ago, he’s hitting .552 with 10 RBIs in 10 games. And, going into his senior year at Brandeis, he may yet get his shot at the major leagues.

But it has been a perplexing, frustrating two years for him.

After hitting .351 his freshman year and making the All-New England team, the pro career that seemed well within grasp blew up in his face. Suddenly, everything bounded out of his control. Read more