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