Upcoming Albany Institute of History and Art exhibition to feature baseball, local and national

Many years ago, when I was clearing out most of my accumulated collections in the wake of my divorce, I bundled up boxes of Albany-based scorecards and game programs and memorabilia, all for donation to the Albany Institute of History and Art for their records and archives. The other day, I heard from Tammis Groft,…

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The Stitches: Cork Center

Clark Henry was an outfielder for the Albany Senators minor league baseball team.  He played on the Senators squad from 1945 to 1951, and surpassed a .300 batting average in the 1950 and 1951 seasons. I have his signature on a team-signed 1949 Albany Senators Eastern League baseball.  The ball has turned an orange-amber hue…

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Derek Jeter and my Nikon D70

Let me add my voice to the millions of baseball fans who appreciated what Derek Jeter has done for baseball these many years.  He played the game with dignity and grace and fire, he brought pride and class to the Yankees uniform he wore, and if in 2020 there’s a writer who dares not vote…

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“Hey, Miles Kelly, can I get ‘yer autograph?”

The New York State Fair has a specific policy regarding their photographs.  If there is anybody in the picture that can be recognized – i.e., if there’s a face in the picture and he doesn’t look like a Dick Tracy villain – the photographer must acquire a signed release from that person before that photograph can…

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“The ball’s coming straight at us!”

It took four fill-ups at my local Hess gas stations, plus purchasing a 24-pack of Diet Pepsi, but I received my prize. My “prize,” for sending in the receipts from those four fill-ups and for the 24-pack of Diet Pepsi, were two free New York Yankees tickets.  Not bad.  Friday, April 26, Yankees versus Toronto,…

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Sex, baseball and stupidity

This week, as the baseball regular season wound down and the playoff hunt wound up, I wanted to watch some baseball games and get excited about the upcoming pennant races.  Heck, there’s at least five National League teams with a clear opportunity to snag that second wild card playoff berth, and there’s a distinct possibility…

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