CONTAINER DIARIES

August 27, 2014

THE ALL-AROUND ATHLETE

Filed under: All-Around Athlete — hoopscoach @ 10:29 am
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Growing up in the neighborhood we played every sport known to mankind.  Well I didn’t swim, play hockey, soccer or tennis. But I knew a lot of kids that did play those sports. We stayed busy.

Baseball in the summer, cross-country in the fall, basketball and football in the winter and whiffle ball, punch ball and we ran track in the spring. We squeezed in stickball and off the point often.

When we played football it was two-hand touch but when it snowed we played rough tackle on ninth avenue. WITH NO EQUIPMENT!

Charlie Alberti was a beast in baseball and basketball. Those two sports were the most popular when it came to the guys I watched growing up.

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Detroit Press sports writer Mick McCabe recently wrote about the benefits of playing multiple sports and he also touches on “specialization.”

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014308250045

If you grew up in the neighborhood you played more than one sport.

I don’t remember having a trainer for a particular sport. No one pushed you or pressured you either.

Go outside and play,” was what my mother often said. Here’s a quote from the article above.

“Specialization leads to playing the sport year-round. That means not only an increase in risk factors for traumatic injuries, but a sky-high increase in overuse injuries. Almost half of sports injuries in adolescents stem from overuse.”

Yo Gerard Trapp, did you have a shooting coach when you were in high school? By the way GT, I recall you being a pretty good Tennis player…

A good friend once told me that his speed and agility drills was dodging punches from his father and running from him.

Respectfully,

Red

August 26, 2014

“BROOKLYN HAS BECOME UNAFFORDABLE”

Filed under: Affordable — hoopscoach @ 4:58 pm
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I’ve been out of Brooklyn for seventeen years (I still can’t believe it’s been that long).

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When my wife and I left in the Spring of 1996, we were fed up with the rising cost of living in Brooklyn.

This article from the New York Times gives us a run down on other people who can’t afford it either.

“Brooklyn has become unaffordable,” said Victoria Hagman, the broker-owner of the Realty Collective, founded in 2005. “For normal, middle-class people with good credit, we used to be able to say, ‘We can find you something.’ ” Now, even in once working-class areas like Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, she said, “people are priced out of purchasing and landlords are asking egregious numbers.”

August 24, 2014

HEY BATTER, BATTER…SWING!

Filed under: Farrell's,Stickball — hoopscoach @ 8:09 pm
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It’s ready to go down.

They’re choosin’ up sides. I know, kids today are clueless at that concept.

End the summer of 2014 with a big hit!

Holy Name’s Family BBQ. Stickball Game/Reunion.

One of these days Alice…I’m going to get back to the neighborhood for a reunion.

Proceeds support Holy Name (Hooley told me that…)

Sponsored by Farrell’s. Greatest bar in the history of mankind.

Saturday September 20, 2014

10:00 AM

Entrance to Prospect Park. Right by what Denis Hamill calls the Totem Poles. We called it, “Monument.”

You know, across from Sanders. I mean The Pavilion. Or, across from Lefrak. By the circle.

BBQ at 1:00 over in the yard at Holy Name.

After the game head across the avenue to the yard.

Donations: Adults $25. Ages 6-16 $10. Under 6 – free

Sign up at Farrell’s, Holy Name Rectory or St. Joseph Catholic Academy (Damn that was hard to type…)

Chips on the ball…

Respectfully,

Red

August 23, 2014

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 7:32 am

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August 22, 2014

COFFEE AND A QUOTE

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“Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think.”

-Disraeli

August 21, 2014

SOME GIRLS

Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 9:06 am

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August 15, 2014

FOR THE CAUSE…

Filed under: Lou Gehrig's Disease — hoopscoach @ 7:16 pm
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Raising awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

The Ice Bucket Challenge.

-Red

August 14, 2014

WAITIN’ ON A FRIEND…

Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 7:42 pm

Bunch of guys from NeighborhoodSpecial thanks to my main man Al Powers. Some of the good guys from the neighborhood hanging out outside the yard.

Can you name them?

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August 12, 2014

MR. BASEBALL OF PARK SLOPE

A day ago I received some sad news.

J.J. Cortese passed away last Friday.

Cortese started the Park Slope Baseball League way back in the late 1960’s.

He was the president for decades.

There’s a field dedicated to him up in the diamonds in Prospect Park.

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J.J. was a good guy.  Carl Manco of Sport Prospect e-mailed;

“I never saw him get angry. He owned an ‘old school’ grocery store on 7th avenue between 7th and 8th streets for about 60 years.”

Cortese laid the foundation for what is now the Prospect Park Baseball Association.

The man who sat outside on his folding chair was big on giving nicknames to young baseball players. He called Tommy Manco ‘Wheels’– because he was slow. If you called someone wheels today because they were slow you would probably get fired.

Carl also told me Cortese might have been the one who gave Barry Rohrssen the nickname, “Barry Arms.”

Here’s a good article from 2010 on Mr. Cortese via the Civic News. 

RIP Mr. Baseball

-Red

August 11, 2014

RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS

Filed under: Robin Williams — hoopscoach @ 7:03 pm

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