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A miner in the dangerous below-ground world of Lyon Mountain (Source:  Lawrence P. Gooley)
A miner in the dangerous below-ground world of Lyon Mountain (Source: Lawrence P. Gooley)

The hard, rich iron years of Lyon Mountain

The Clinton County village of Lyon Mountain is a community that's trying to find its future. The state correctional facility closed down two years ago and the buildings go up for auction in July.

This isn't the first time Lyon Mountain has had to reinvent itself. In 1967, the iron mine that drove early prosperity closed its doors for good. The proud company town has struggled ever since.

Lyon Mountain's iron mining era still shapes the memories and local mythology in that part of the North Country.  Go to full article
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

A century later, African-American baseball hero gets his due

Jackie Robinson is getting the big time Hollywood treatment with the new blockbuster "42". Meanwhile, a much lesser known African American baseball hero is getting his due in the cradle of baseball history.

In 1878, John Jackson - aka Bud Fowler - became the first African-American to play professional baseball with white men. His career spanned more than 30 years as a player, manager and entrepreneur.

Fowler grew up in Cooperstown, NY, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last weekend, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry.  Go to full article
This baseball uniform breastplate was originally owned by Charles Henry Bailey, a miner who was a charter member of the Lyon Mountain Baseball Club in 1877. The breastplate was made by his mother, who owned a boarding house in Lyon Mountain. It is now in the collection of the Adirondack Museum.  Photo: Adk Museum
This baseball uniform breastplate was originally owned by Charles Henry Bailey, a miner who was a charter member of the Lyon Mountain Baseball Club in 1877. The breastplate was made by his mother, who owned a boarding house in Lyon Mountain. It is now in the collection of the Adirondack Museum. Photo: Adk Museum

Adirondack Attic: an heirloom from baseball's early days

Just in time for the start of baseball season, Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a look at a baseball uniform from the 1870's.  Go to full article

Watertown Wizards baseball team is for sale

The Watertown Wizards summer collegiate baseball team may be leaving Watertown. The owner has put the team up for sale, and he blames the city for his decision. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
Moriah celebrates "Johnn Podres Day" (Photos:  Brian Mann, NCPR)
Moriah celebrates "Johnn Podres Day" (Photos: Brian Mann, NCPR)

Moriah remembers "hometown hero" Johnny Podres

Over the weekend, the town of Moriah held its first-ever "Johnny Podres Day." Local fans celebrated the life of the legendary pitcher, who grew up in the Adirondack foothills in the 1940s and 50s. Podres went on to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their victory over the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.

On Saturday, a temporary museum opened on the main street of Port Henry. It was filled with memorabilia collected by Pat Salerno. He's a mason and a contractor who grew up in Moriah during Podres's heyday in major league baseball. Brian Mann took a tour of the exhibit with Pat Salerno and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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

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