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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 ...

Greenwood: MLB owners, players deserve one another

Apparently, even in the context of a pandemic, fatally stealing a man's most inalienable right and its resulting street violence, one of the few diversions is watching billionaires and millionaires squabble across a virtual negotiating table. Welcome to the latest skirmish in the ongoing war ...

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 ...