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Fall sports, fields, golf’s popularlity all in mind as June begins

Here are a few tids and bits as we welcome in June, hoping it brings progress following all the rough times we've all experienced or seen experienced lately: ---- Now that we're coming to the near end of the school year, the focus will soon be on the fall season possibilities for school ...

NH baseball players lucky to have Lunn and Walker

It felt like a perpetual rainout. Tim Lunn got the word from State American Legion Baseball chairman Rick Harvey about three weeks ago. The state Legion season was cancelled, thanks to a directive from the National Organization. He tossed and turned that entire Sunday night. So he knew what ...

Time Travel: Coffey Post has new coach for 1955

MAY 30, 1955 – “Ernest Berube, former Nashua High and Junior Legion baseball star, was named coach of the 1955 James E. Coffey Post American Legion baseball team. He succeeded Alan Thomaier. Also, the announcement of Ernest Maynard as the new Athletic Officer was made.” MAY 30, 1975 – ...

Greenwood: At least no managers are on the hot seat

There is one up-side, albeit tiny, to Major League Baseball’s pandemic hiatus: No managers have been fired. Well, at least not since the fallout from the great sign-stealing caper, which took down Houston’s A. J. Hinch and the Red Sox’ Alex Cora. It also ended Carlos Beltran’s ...

Greenwood: MLB owners, players may be destroying one another

As always, there is an overload of stupidity in the room when the Major League Baseball owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association take their spots at the negotiating table. For those who might balk at labeling it stupidity, feel free find a gentler label. Regardless, the two ...

Time Travel: Green Meadow opens

MAY 27, 1960 – From sports editor Mike Shalhoup's musings: “When this weekend rolls around and Phil Friel opens his Green Meadow golf course in Hudson, this section will be in the unique position of having four golf courses at its disposal. A position which puts the Nashua area in an ...

Time Travel: Nashua bowling showdown

MAY 26, 1945 – From Telegraph sports editor Frank Stawasz's column: “State candlepin champion Wilfred Noel is wondering whatever possessed him when he agreed with Bowlaway management to keep out of the men's singles championship match which will be rolled off this evening starting at ...

A year after the Stanley Cup Finals buzz, a new normal

A year ago Wednesday, the New England hockey world was buzzing. It was Memorial Day, a day for solemn honoring of heroes as well as backyard barbecues, was a day in 2019 for something else: The start of the Stanley Cup Finals at the TD Garden. The Boston Bruins vs. the St. Louis Blues, Game ...

Thoughts on Johnson’s return and a new hockey league

Here a some tids and barbecue bits left over from a different Memorial Day Weekend while joining the ranks of those chuckling that aspiring golfer Tom Brady should not give up his day job: – Welcome back to New Hampshire high school football, coach Tony Johnson. You've been missed. And he's ...

Time Travel for May 24

May 24, 1965 - "More than 400 athletes representing 23 schools around the state participated in the 20th annual Kiwanis track met, Nashua, under the coaching of Francis Tate, copped the team trophy beating the runner-up team by 15 points. Bill Faucher was the high scorer for the Panthers with ...

Tom Brady has new bad-guy image

You know what a mighty fall Tom Brady has taken in the hearts of New Englanders - well, at least some New Englanders - when wisecracks are lobbed in the direction of Tompa Bay from the pulpit. Thomas Tobin, a bishop in the diocese of Providence, R.I., got a sly dig in at TB12 via ...

Nothing fills this void for Twomey

He's Nashua's Mr. Baseball. But right now, Bill Twomey, 87 years young, feels like a man without a country. Or actually, a sport. “That's exactly the feeling,” Twomey said. “It's an empty feeling in you. It's my life. I was an air traffic controller for 30 years. I still look at ...

Time Travel for May 23

MAY 23, 1960 - "Nashua's Dr. Danny Murphy and John Hutchinson collaborated with a best ball of 68 to win the state four-ball golf tournament played at Nashua Country Club yesterday. "The team was one stroke better than Dr. Robert Elliott and Joe Grzwacz of Manchester, who copped runner-up ...

Time Travel for May 22

MAY 22, 1955 - "Showing utter disregard for existing records, the Nashua High School track team rolled up the highest total in the history of the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship, tallying 59 points to win the annual event at Lawrence yesterday. It marks the Purple's initial triumph in ...

Time Travel: Big win for Milford ‘diamondmen’

MAY 20, 1975 – “The Milford High diamondmen defeated defeated Alvirne High 4-2 yesterday led by John French, who recorded his fifth win in six starts on the mound. “Milford put together a big first inning, scoring three of its four runs early. French and James Bird started things of ...

Time Travel: Nashua’s Ulcickas makes unique bare-handed grab

MAY 19, 1960 – “One of the most unusual plays in baseball took place during Nashua High's victory over Stevens at Claremont yesterday. “A Stevens batter had popped a high ball over the plate and NHS catcher Frank Ulcickas unmasked to make the catch. But the ball went so high that he ...

Greenwood: M.L. Carr’s pipedream – Jordan a Celtic

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering how many fans would attend big-league games if the locks are taken off the gates empty arenas, ballparks and stadiums ... One of the stories hitting the web in the wake of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” is M.L. Carr’s attempt to lure ...

Time Travel: Nashuans control three Manchester football programs

MAY 18, 1955 – “Unable to obtain a playing surface, Bishop Bradley officials yesterday postponed its scheduled baseball contest with Nashua High. The tilt has been slated for tomorrow afternoon at Manchester's Athletic field for a 3:30 p.m. start. “Furthermore, the Nashuans are ...

Greenwood: Empty stadiums need no dummies

If anyone was not startled by the following headline, they need to be rescued from pandemic exhaustion. "South Korean soccer team accused of putting sex dolls in seats." Ah, the new normal goes rogue. FC Seoul was accused by Gwangju FC of populating its stadium with sex dolls, apparently ...

Connors to the rescue; South Dakota Legion finds a way

Here are some local and regional tids and bits for your Sunday into Monday, the pre-Memorial Day week: - Over the weekend it was announced the New England Senior Hockey League was folding – in part due to the pandemic – leaving a lot of hockey players and teams out of luck, having already ...