Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
I am enthralled by the Jeremy Lin scenario!
He has captured New York and in one fantastic stroke, revived the memories of Knicks fans to days of previous glory. It is a Horatio Alger story with an Asian Twist. The hero is a Taiwan born, Harvard educated, sky, conservative, soft-spoken, young lad, named Jeremy Lin. He has reached beyond all political boundaries and became everybody’s hero.
He has accomplished all this in a sport not used to seeing Asians on professional basketball teams. He has held his ground and not lost his sense of humor and his bearings. As a septuagenarian sports nut I have seen many “shooting stars” in my day. Some have lasted through long professional careers and some have petered and flamed out. I fervently hope this does not happen to Jeremy.I have observed many of these brightly lit bursts onto the sports pages. Dino Restelli of the 1949 Pittsburgh Pirates hit seven home runs in his first 10 days in the National League. He was the prime hero of heroes. Talks arose in the media as to whether Babe Ruth’s 60 homerun record was in danger from this newly arrived “shooting star” with a homerun bat. That year, 1949, he hit only 13 homeruns and batted .241 for the entire year. His last major league appearance was in July 1951, but I’ll never forget those first 10 days.
The “Hondo Hurricane” was another case of “over-hype.” “Hit like Babe Ruth and pitched like Bob Feller” was the phrase that followed this 6’5” rookie from Hondo, Texas into the big leagues. The year was 1947. He pitched for the New York Giants but was not too successful. Immediately, they tried his talents as a slugger but that, too, failed. He had just not lived up to his “Superman Statistics.” However, he is noted for being on third base when Bobby Thompson hit his historic homerun in 1951.
Roy Campanella, the great Dodger catcher, said that Karl Spooner had the best fastball that he had ever caught. In his major league debut, he struck out 15 batters. The press went wild. The saying in 1954 was, “The Dodgers should have come sooner with Spooner.” He pitched a shutout in 1954 against World Series bound N.Y. Giants. A left shoulder injury ended his career in 1956. Shirley Povich, the great sportswriter, said with great honesty, “Let us reserve judgment” on these new phenoms.
I sincerely hope that Jeremy Lin is not a flash in the pan. I hope he has a long glorious team life with the New York Knicks. He has the perfect temperament for New York.
Onward and upward Jeremy!
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever been to the 16 Handles store in Jericho and topped your frozen yogurt with the crumbcake crumbs, you know why shop owner Scott Silverman has to re-order them frequently. They are that popular.
“And they always come in fresh,” he says.It’s not surprising, since they are made just a few miles away at Laura & Co. Snacks: The Crumb Without the Cake in Glen Cove.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.