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.
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.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
After the game there will be a picnic held at Holy Name Schoolyard.
The game is being held to raise money for computers for Holy Name!
For more information call Farrell’s and ask for Hooley.
Special thanks to Frankie P.
Came across this article on youth sports. Got me thinking about the days of growing up in the neighborhood.
Shaking my head this morning.
Not really sure what to think of this.
On one hand I applaud this young lady but on the other hand, I suggest she spend a little more time in Brooklyn before she writes a song about it.
Click the link below and you decide.
It’s Tuesday night, July 29.
I am sitting alone and thinking back to the days of the summer league in the boys schoolyard.
The time is 6:45 and right about now the first game would be getting underway.
When I see this image I go back into time.
Wanted to wish one of the good guys from the neighborhood a Happy Birthday!
Hope all is well my friend.