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!
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay unanimously voted to decrease the speed limit on a stretch of Cold Spring Road from Arizona Avenue to Laurel Hollow from 40 mph to 30 mph last Tuesday during a town board meeting. The selected area had become a primary concern for residents of Syosset and nearby towns and villages, following multiple accidents over the past few years.
Cold Spring Road is a Nassau County road, and the Town of Oyster Bay maintains jurisdiction on setting speed limits within the town’s locations.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
A vehicle accident left a motorcyclist and his passenger dead following an accident on the New York State Thruway. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2 near Exit 16 in Woodbury, the Associated Press reported.
According to officials, a Suzuki motorcycle operated by Rafaelito DeJesus, 23, of Valley Stream was headed north on the Thruway when he was hit by another vehicle.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
This spring, in anticipation of fielding their strongest Varsity Baseball squad since the program began eight years ago, Portledge decided to change leagues from IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League) to the Private School Athletic Association and Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (PSAA/ACIS Alliance), in hopes of finding stronger and more consistent competition. As a newcomer to the Alliance League, which consists of independent school teams from all over the metropolitan area, the Panthers were placed in the 10-team 2nd Division.
It didn’t take long for Portledge to demonstrate the rapidly developing quality of their baseball program, as the Panthers hammered their way to a regular season mark of 9 wins and 1 loss. Moving on to the league playoffs, Portledge quickly dispatched their quarter and semi-final foes before heading to the championship game against Bay Ridge Prep on May 21 at MCU (Municipal Credit Union) Park in Brooklyn.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The weather was blustery but hearts were warm at the SYAC Pony League All-Star Game, held at H.B. Thompson Middle School last month.
Thirty specially selected girls who play in the Pony League (grades 2-3) of SYAC Girls Softball put on a fine show for the bundled-up fans. They provided a barrage of hitting, combined with great fielding that ended rallies, sometimes by double plays. Eight dads who volunteer as coaches in the SYAC softball program, assisted the players.