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State keeps shorter school sports seasons to save money

For the third straight year, high school sports seasons will be shorter in New York as a shaky economy has school districts looking to save money.

Cuts vary by sport. Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams went from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article

Paterson fined over Yankees tickets

Governor Paterson has been fined over $62,000 by the state's ethics panel, which accuses him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his son's friend and aides, then lying about it in a cover up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The cast of "Spoken Motion" in the Kingston Theater in Canton.
The cast of "Spoken Motion" in the Kingston Theater in Canton.

A new take on a classic baseball poem

This is the season for summer school. Sometimes it's academic, sometimes fun, sometimes both. A group of high school students in the Upward Bound program at SUNY Canton have used theater, dance and poetry this summer to learn more about teamwork and self-confidence. They'll present a collection of children's skits and poems in SUNY Canton's Kingston Theater Friday afternoon (2 pm). It's free and open to all. Todd Moe stopped by a rehearsal earlier this week for a preview.  Go to full article
Meg Watson
Meg Watson

Canton woman will sing national anthem for Mets

SUNY Potsdam senior Meg Watson will be at Citi Field Stadium in Queens for a New York Mets game next Tuesday. But she won't be there just for the love of baseball. Watson, a senior at the Crane School of Music, was selected to sing the national anthem before the first pitch. Watson was chosen as one of 32 finalists during the Met's Anthem Search. Winners are singing the song at home games this year. Watson says she agreed to be a contestant because her boyfriend, Rob Mellon, is a big Mets fan and also tried out. Mellon didn't make the final cut, but he'll be in the stands next week to cheer for Meg and his favorite team. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

CWCW, pt.2: Baseball, old and new

Today we have another story from the youth and senior producers of our Common Wealth, Common Wisdom project. Kolby Weaver pitches for the Canton High School baseball team, and he's been a fan of the sport for as long as he can remember. From an era of steroid scandals and millionaire celebrity players, Kolby looks back to a time when the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn, and baseball was more than just a game.  Go to full article
The Wizards of Watertown and the Golden Eagles of Glens Falls
The Wizards of Watertown and the Golden Eagles of Glens Falls

North Country's Best Bet for Baseball

If you're looking for family fun on the cheap this summer, your best bet may be to catch a baseball game in Watertown or Glens Falls. Those two cities are the North Country representatives in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The league's season started over the weekend. The league is for college players trying to make it professionally. They use wooden bats instead of the aluminum bats used in college games. Major league scouts are in the stands. Dozens of the league's players are drafted each year. The league's best known alumni include Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Commissioner Dave Chamberlain told David Sommerstein many of the league's teams used to play in the "single A" professional New York-Penn league.  Go to full article
The two vintage teams pose for a picture.
The two vintage teams pose for a picture.

Old-time baseball in historic Kingston

War of Independence and war of 1812 aside, there's always been more to bring residents on either side of the St. Lawrence River together than to keep them apart. Canadians and Americans have used the waterways for trade, prohibition-era rum-running, and family visits for more than 300 years. In mid to late 1800s, even before the first hockey games, bands of men were boating across the water, and the border, to play baseball in Sackets Harbor and Ogdensburg and Watertown and Kingston, Ontario. Today, baseball enthusiasts relive the old-time games with old-fashioned rules, snappy nicknames, and dapper uniforms. David Sommerstein went to a game in Kingston a couple weeks ago for our story.  Go to full article
Yankees fans chat it up with Pete Abraham of the Journal News.
Yankees fans chat it up with Pete Abraham of the Journal News.

Yankees bloggers meet down on the farm

For hardcore baseball fans, life has never been better. Gone are the days of waiting for the morning paper for yesterday's box score. You can follow games in real time online. And baseball bloggers cover the minute details of every team. More than two dozen bloggers follow the New York Yankees, but one has separated himself from the pack. A beat writer for a Westchester County newspaper has such loyal readers on his blog that they got together in real life to watch a baseball game...a minor league game at that. David Sommerstein, a Yankees fan and blog reader himself, met up with the group.  Go to full article
Thelma, Norma, and Valerie Tarbell, all from Akwesasne, have baseball in their blood.
Thelma, Norma, and Valerie Tarbell, all from Akwesasne, have baseball in their blood.

Native Americans in baseball's past & present

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day, the anniversary of the day an African-American finally broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Latino players celebrate their heritage in September with Roberto Clemente Day. But there's no Jim Thorpe Day, or Charles Bender Day, two celebrated ball players who were Native American. Native Americans have played baseball almost as long as the sport's existed. Akwesasne once had its own semi-pro team. A new exhibit at the Iroquois Museum, south of Albany, highlights the role of America's first people in America's pastime. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Joba Chamberlain before a game at Yankee Stadium
Joba Chamberlain before a game at Yankee Stadium

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Yankees' Joba Chamberlain

Listen to the complete interview with New York Yankees' pitcher Joba Chamberlain about his native American (Winnebago) heritage.  Go to full article

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