“If you want something bad enough, go out and fight for it, work day and night for it, give up your time, peace and sleep for it.” -Les Brown
WE CAN DO THIS…
9TH AVENUE FOREVER!
We all know by now that Chris Mullin is the new head coach at St. John’s. Well now it seems that Barry Rohrssen will join his coaching staff.
Barry is from down on 5th avenue and attended Xaverian high school where he played ball.
Everyone involved in basketball knows Barry as “Slice.”
Wishing him all the best.
Outstanding opportunity for him.
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.”
RIP Mr. Baseball