CONTAINER DIARIES

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

Robin Williams

August 10, 2014

BATTER UP!

Filed under: Farrell's,Holy Name,Prospect Park,Stickball — hoopscoach @ 12:53 pm

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STICKBALL GAME

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

10:30 AM

PROSPECT PARK

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.

-Red

Hoops135@hotmail.com

August 8, 2014

UP ON DA ROOF

Filed under: Brooklyn,Roof,Windsor Place — hoopscoach @ 5:54 pm

View from above Windsor and 8th

Special thanks to Frankie P.

August 6, 2014

JOEY BAG OF DONUTS

Filed under: Container Diaries,Joey Bag of Donuts — hoopscoach @ 3:43 pm

GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY

Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 9:23 am

Came across this article on youth sports. Got me thinking about the days of growing up in the neighborhood.

The Lot

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/opinion/all-played-out.html?_r=0

-Red

August 4, 2014

FOR HER EYES ONLY

Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 10:15 am

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.

Brooklyn Girl

Click the link below and you decide.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/catey-shaw-hit-song-stirs-battle-brooklyn-article-1.1889095

July 29, 2014

SUMMER LEAGUE

Filed under: Blog,Holy Name,Summer League — hoopscoach @ 5:28 pm

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.

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July 28, 2014

UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUGGER

Filed under: Cookie Monster,Spider Man,Times Square — hoopscoach @ 9:26 pm

Came across a story about Spider-Man getting arrested in Manhattan.

Not Peter Parker?

Nah, there’s some cat going around Times Square dressed like Spider Man.

The fuzz had enough.

Seems like it’s not too kosher.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-dressed-spider-man-punches-nypd-times-square-article-1.1881561

Funny thing is a couple of years ago the Cookie Monster came up to my daughter and I and wanted to take a picture.

Tay-Cookie Monster

After I snapped the shot dude had his palm out like we were going to grease it.

“BACK UP BRO!” I said.

He got pissed as we walked away.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK KELLY

Filed under: Jack Kelly — hoopscoach @ 11:13 am

Wanted to wish one of the good guys from the neighborhood a Happy Birthday!

Bill, Jack, Gerard and Ken

Hope all is well my friend.

-Red

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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