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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
Johnny Podres, dead at age 75
Johnny Podres, dead at age 75

Johnny Podres, Adirondack sports giant, dead at 75

Witherbee-native Johnny Podres passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. Podres may be the most famous athlete ever to emerge from the Adirondacks. His left-handed pitching helped the Dodgers capture their first World Series in 1955. Brian Mann has this remembrance.

Update: A public remembrance will take place on Thursday, January 17, at St. Patrick's Church in Port Henry from 11 am until noon. A funeral service will be celebrated.  Go to full article
Dale Carter in the batter's box.
Dale Carter in the batter's box.

Heard Up North: Mickey Mantle's Swing

It's baseball season, finally. David Sommerstein has this - admittedly naļve - belief that baseball can bring out something special in all of us. The other day, David met a man in Clinton County who agrees. In fact, Dale Carter of Ellenburg believes Yankee legend Mickey Mantle changed his life. Specifically, Mickey Mantle's swing. He grabbed a bat and demonstrated in his living room.  Go to full article

Native Son, Brooklyn Dodger Won World Series vs. Yanks 50 years ago

Last week, Elizabethtown paid tribute to a native son, former major league pitcher Johnny Podres, the man known for finally bringing the World Series title to Brooklyn. The year was 1955. It was the 7th game of the World Series. The Brooklyn Dodgers faced the Yankees, just as they had 5 times before. The Dodgers had always lost.

But this time, the pitcher was 23 year old Johnny Podres. Newspaper reports say that when the Dodgers won that day, all the 62,000 fans in Yankee stadium gave them a standing ovation. Gregory Warner spoke with Podres. He asked him, while thousands were cheering his team in New York City, how was the reaction in his hometown of Witherbee?  Go to full article
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio

A World Series Ring in Potsdam

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are back at it tonight with Game 4 of baseball's 100th World Series. One man in the North Country will be watching with an insider's perspective. 83 year-old Jack Phillips of Potsdam was a New York Yankee when the Yankees beat Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers for the championship in 1947. Phillips played with the Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Detroit Tigers in 9 major league seasons. He shared the field with the biggest of legends: Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Honus Wagner. In the North Country, he's best known for his role as a coach at Clarkson University for 24 years. David Sommerstein stopped by Jack Phillips' home to watch a playoff game and talk baseball.  Go to full article

The History of Baseball in the North Country

Dave Sommerstein talks with baseball historian Robert McGrath. He researches and writes on the history of baseball in the North Country, especially the teams from Lyon Mountain in Clinton County.  Go to full article

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