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# Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 Baseball is Back!!! "For it's one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game." -- Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1908) "Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring and besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls. It's more democratic." -- Crash Davis to Nuke LaLoosh, Bull Durham (1988) Remember April 8, 1974? In the opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career record by hit- ting his 715 th home run off L.A. Dodgers left-hander Al Downing in the fourth in- ning. The Braves beat the Dodgers 7-4. Remember April 8, 1993? Not as important a date as April 8, 1974, April 8, 1993 marks the date that Carlos Baerga of the Indians be- came the first ballplayer in Major League history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The homers came in the seventh inning of a 15-5 rout of the NY Yankees. Couldn't happen to a better team, eh? All Signs Pointing to Aceves? I Hope Not! With the early season in- jury to John Lackey in his first start of the season may take him out of the starting EXTRA Innings I by Sal Giarratani rotation for a bit. Word has "42" Will Make You Believe in Heroes Again Jake Hamilton from Fox TV stated the above and Bill Zwecker also from Fox TV added, "Even ff you don't like baseball, you will love '42/" "42 The True Story of an American Legend" has now opened in movie theaters everywhere. This is the story of legendary Jackie Robinson who broke the color line back in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was signed up by owner Branch Rickey. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Rickey. This is so much more than just a movie about baseball and is also a snapshot of where America was about the time of my birth. Grady Hatton from Astros Dead at 90 Grady Hatton, former Major League third base- man who managed the Houston Astros in the 1960s has passed away at age 90. Hatton hit .254 with 91 home runs and 533 RBIs in 1,312 Major League games in 12 seasons from 1946 to 1960 mostly as third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.He actually played briefly for the Boston Red Sox at the tail end of his career. it that the Boston Red Sox may be looking at taking Alfrcdo Aceves out of the bulben for hopefully the shorest of periods. Already thisyear, Aceves looks like last season's Aceves. In his :irst two trips to the mould he has pitched in 4.1 innilgs and likes the num- ber . He has five strike outs to p along with his five earned runs. OUCH! I only hope Lackey gets healthy real fast. Gus Triandos Dead at 82 One week after Bob Turley passed away, Gus Triandos does the same thing. Gus played 14 seasons, mostly with the Orioles in a career from 1953 until 1965. He actually broke in with the NY Yankees and played 20 games over 2 seasons with them. He played eight sea- sons with Baltimore before ending things with the Tigers, Phillies and Astros. His lifetime batting average was .244. He was a four-time All-Star with 167 homers. His best season was 1956 when he batted .279 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs. He hit 30 homers in 1958 and in the same season caught a no-hitter by knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, who by the way, turned into one of the best relief pitchers in baseball history. New Photography Exhibit Documents Lives & Times of Old West End "Mister Take My Picture I": West End. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library Print Dept.) graduate student and later earned his doc- torate at the University of Paris. Ultimately, he returned to the Boston area, joined the B.U. faculty and became a world-renowned expert in the study of radio-wave propaga- tion. But from his late adolescence through his academic and scientific rise, photogra- phy -- especially street photography -- remained a constant passion. Aarons' pho- tographs of the West End and North End were taken on late afternoons and weekends with a twin lens Rolleiflex camera, and he made his own prints. Life in the West End 1947-1953: the Photog- raphy of Jules Aarons is free "and open to the public during regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Large Exhibition Area is a flexible space that hosts three exhibitions per year relating to the history and culture of the West End, and the art it inspires. For more information, visit or call 617-723-2125. On April 16% Life in the West End 1947- 1953: the Photography of Jules Aarons opens at the West End Museum and will run through August 3, 2013 in the Large Exhi- bition Area. The exhibition will feature 26 prints from photographs taken between 1947 and 1953 and is guest curated by Arlette Kayafas, founder and director of Gallery Kayafas in Boston's South End. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, May I0 th and is free to all. Jules Aarons is an important figure in documenting the West End of Boston before the ravages of Urban Renewal. His photog- raphy bears witness to the vibrant, close- knit old neighborhood -- the people, their lives and their relationships. "If there was ever an official photographer of the Old West End it would have been Jules Aarons," says West End Museum Curator of Exhibitions Duane Lucia. Where city planners saw the West End as a candidate for modernization, Jul Aarons saw something else: "I knew hat the dynamics of people whose social :elation- ships involved their neighbors and the streets could be a source of creativity," he wrote. The photographs in the exhibition capture a West End far removed from today's -- streets with remarkably few cars; politi- cal posters; adults chatting outside door- ways; children showing off for the camera or so deep in conversation they don't notice it at all. "The striking thing about these pictures is their humanity," says exhibition guest curator Arlette Kayafas, "Aarons' greatest asset was the compassion he felt for his subjects." A Bronx native, Aarons (b. 1921 - d. 2008) was born and grew up in the same kind of urban neighborhood, which might explain his affinity for Boston communities like the Old West End and the North End. He first came to the city as a Boston University HOW LOW CAN THEY GO? THE FIRST ACT -- Well, ap- parently for the Celtics, all the way down to rock bottom when scoring counted most. You see, when the Celtics lost to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in the first game of their opening best-of-seven play- off series, they set one record and tied another. The C's only scored eight points in the decisive fourth quarter that saw the Knicks down the C's 85-78. That to- gether with their 17-point third quarter gave the Green a total of 25 points for the second half, their lowest point total in a half during any of their playoff games in history. At least for a short time (see below). And how many games does that include? Well this un- enviable record included all their playoff games to that point -- all 592 of them. Not something to be proud of. And just think: the C's were actually leading in this game during the third quarter. As far as the eight point fourth quarter goes, that "only" tied a team record. And ironically, it goes back to the beginning of the fran- chise. You see, way back on March 28, 1948, in their very first playoff game in team history, the Celtics also had an eight point fourth quar- ter during a 79-72 loss to the Chicago Stags. The Stags only lasted until 1950 but they played a significant back door role in the history of the Celtics. Chicago held the draft rights to a certain player. After the Stags folded, there was a dispersal draft to place the Chicago players with other teams in the league. And that's how one Bob Cousy came to become a member of the Boston Celtics. Getting back to Game 1, how did the Celtics lose that game? Well, a closer look at the box score reveals that the C's were only five for 20 from three point range. They lost by seven, so if they had made three treys more they would have won the game. They were 27 of 65 from the field, so if they had made a couple of additional baskets and just one additional three- pointer they would have tied the score. A bright spot: The Celtics were a perfect 19 for 19 from the free throw line. Plus, of course, the Celtics failed to contain Knicks star Carmelo Anthony who had 36 points on the night. HOW LOW CAN THEY GO? THE SECOND ACT -- It was more of the same in Game 2 on Tuesday night as Anthony scored 34 to lead the Knicks to an 87-71 vic- tory over the Green. Notice that this was the second straight playoff game where the Celtics were held to under 80 points. Not good, not good at all. But that wasn't the entire story. That record low 25 points in a half by the Celtics set in game one (see above). It didn't last very long. This time around, in game 2, the C's managed to score only 23 points in the second half- fewer than they scored in just the second quarter when they had 28. This time they twice flirted with single digit quarters, scoring just 11 in the third and 12 in the fourth. The Celtics were just 37 percent from the field (26 of 70) and were a terrible seven of 36 in the second half. They were just five of 19 from three point land. Just as in game 1 the Celtics led at the half (48-44) but let things get away from them in the third quarter when the Knicks scored 32 points. It'll be a tall order to climb back from a 2-0 deficit. If the Celtics pull it off, it means they will have to win four of the five remaining games. To do it, they will have to figure out a way to stop Anthony while dramatically increasing their point pro- duction. May Day is May I st and is a Labor Day in some nations. But it is also known as the international distress signal (Mayday, Mayday, May- day). That's the call that is probably resounding through the halls of the Garden right nOW. Without an improvement on the part of the Celtics, this series will quickly be over. The time of reckoning is definitely at hand. Even if the Celtics manage a victory or two on the parquet, they would still have to go back to New York for game 5. As April becomes May we'll know whether the Celtics are still alive or whether the sum- mer of 2013 has begun for the men in Green. By the time the Kentucky Derby is run on May 4, the 2012-2013 season could well be over for this team. It's said that April showers bring May flowers but one has the feeling that the baskets raining down on the Celtics spell a finality for this team, a team that at season's start seemed talented enough to finish higher in the regular stand- ings than seventh place and go deeper in the playoffs than simply the first round. The POST-GAZE-I-rE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETI'E, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices