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Reviewing season that wasn’t

It certainly was the spring of our discontent. We turn the page from The Season That Never Was, as summer begins this weekend. The tributes to the high school and college Class of 2020 have been far and wide. This weekend would have marked the official end to the New Hampshire ...

Time Travel: King and his Court coming to Nashua

JUNE 18, 1960 – “Art Edstrom, physical director of the Nashua YMCA and director of the City Softball League, announces plans are progressing for the July 2 appearance of the King and his Court, a four-man softball team, which will play the Nashua All Stars in an exhibition at Holman ...

Time Travel: Jean Lyons tops in Nashua Women’s Golf Association tourney

JUNE 17, 1955 – “Jean Lyons, with a gross of 91, copped top honors in the 18-hole medal play tournament conducted by the Nashua Women's Golf Association yesterday at the Country Club course. Rita Lewitt was low in the net division with a 72. “In the second division, low gross went to ...

Time Travel: Phil Friel competes in Massachusetts Open golf tourney

JUNE 15, 1955 – “Phil Friel, Nashua Country Club professional, finished with a 74 to give him a total of 152 and a tie for sixth in the race the Massachusetts Open golf championship, which swings into the final 36 holes today at the Coonamesset Golf Club.” JUNE 15, 1960 – “John ...

Greenwood: MLB owners, players need to get out of their sandboxes

Using ultra-sensitive mind-reading devices, we bring you this exclusive report on the negotiations between Major League Baseball owners and players that will decide if there will be any games in 2020. Owners: "Am not!" Players: "Are so!" Owners: Am not!" Players: "Are so." Owners: ...

One popular job, one popular player highlight local notes

Here's a bevy of local tids and bits to chew on as we wait for the weather to heat up now that we've reached mid-June. Enough of this fall-like nonsense, please: ---- How popular has the Bishop Guertin athletic director's soon to be vacant job been? Well, the Cardinals received 175 – yes, ...

Time Travel: Nashua High dominates state in 1959-60

JUNE 13, 1960 – “Nashua High has made New Hampshire sports history. “Saturday afternoon at Tilton it capped its most successful school year by winning the state baseball championship, bringing to Nashua no less than five championships in major categories during the past nine months – ...

Nashua sports community suffers loss of great friend

Bob Bates once recounted one of his many amusing adventures as a local sports public address announcer. “You’re apt to do some goofy things as a P.A. Announcer,” he wrote a few years ago in a trade journal. “Because the game you’re announcing may be intensely interesting – or ...

Every local diamond has now become a field of dreams

Knock-knock. Anybody home? If so, please open the door. Nashua city officials, after some grumbling that had surfaced in the past couple of weeks, finally heard the knock at the door of the Park-Recreation Department controlled baseball and softball fields and are ready to let the youth ...

Time Travel: 1935 Nashua High baseball seeks revenge

JUNE 11, 1935 – “Weather permitting, the High School team faces Lowell High at the South Common diamond at 2:30 this afternoon. “Coach Chesnulevich's team has met but one defeat this season and that came at the hands of the that visits here today. Anxious to avenge that defeat the High ...

Greenwood: 16 playoff teams? MLB should kill that idea

Typically Major League Baseball needs to be roused from its chronic coma to make even the simplest change in its methods of operation. For instance, consider the designated hitter rule. When the American League adopted it in 1973, the National League scoffed at such an institutional ...

Time Travel: Wrobleski pitches Nashua High past Keene

JUNE 10, 1955 – “Pitcher Joe Wrobleski and his Nashua High School teammates shut out Keene at Holman Stadium to throw the Section III standings into a tie between Keene and the Purple. Having a great day the plate for the home team was Johnny Daniels.” JUNE 10, 1960 – From the classic ...

Time Travel: Gondek leads Nashua to baseball tourney win

JUNE 9, 1960 – “Nashua High moved a step closer to the state baseball championship by staging a brilliant clutch performance to nip Portsmouth, 2-1, in 10 innings yesterday afternoon at Athletic Field in Manchester. “The big man in the triumph over the Division II champions was the ...

Time Travel: 1955 schoolboy golf champ ineligible

JUNE 8, 1955 – “Charles Staples, secretary of the New Hampshire Golf Association, announced that Robert Johnson, winner of the state schoolboy golf championship, has been ruled ineligible and matches in the first division would be replayed to decide a new champion. The replay has been ...

We will all miss the golden voice of announcer Bob Bates

Ahhh, the Voice. It was arguably the best in Nashua, and when Bob Bates used those golden pipes and spoke into a microphone, people in the stands at Holman Stadium, Stellos Stadium, Conway Arena, and a few other spots always listened. Proof of that was when, as he recounted in an article he ...

King: There’ll never be another coach like Alvirne’s Lee

Mike Lee. Ahhh, just bring up the name of the longtime Alvirne High School baseball coach who retired this past week, and you won’t have any shortage of opinions. You might say no one was a more polarizing figure among New Hampshire head coaches. You either loved him, or, well, let’s just ...

Greenwood: NBA should just wait until next season

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, mulling over what is the leading promotion-gone-bad in Major League Baseball history – the Indians’ 10-Cent Beer night in 1974 or Bill Veeck’s Disco Demolition Night in 1979. … The NBA is proposing a 22-team resumption of play to begin ...

Time Travel: Walter Hagen visits Nashua Country Club

JUNE 5, 1925 – “Golf fans are eagerly awaiting Walter Hagen, who finished fifth with a 293 in the national open golf tournament at Worcester yesterday, when he arrives here tomorrow to play in a 36-hole match at the Nashua Country Club.” JUNE 5, 1940 – “With Ernie Rangazas pitching ...

Time Travel: Nashua High set for belated spring football practice

JUNE 4, 1965 – “Nashua High's spring football practice, interrupted by the uncooperative weatherman late in March, was resumed today when coaches Buzz Harvey and Tony Marandos greeted the 1965 hopefuls for the second time. “By holding the drills in June, Nashua reverts to an old format ...

Time Travel: High praise for Paul Bellavance

JUNE 3, 1960 – “University of New Hampshire (baseball) coach Hank Swasey, who has taught the game for over 40 years, states that Paul Bellavance is the best captain he ever had. “ 'Paul's a dandy,' the veteran UNH mentor stated. 'He runs the team and they know who's boss. After a game ...