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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MAY 17, 2013 4 wP" i J ACCEPTING Advertisements L " by Sal Giarratani No Sell-outs Back in the Day The average per-game at- tendance in 1965 at Fenway Park then seating 33,524 was 8,052. Check Out "Full Count" It is available in book- stores everywhere. There are all kinds of reasons for baseball fans to have this book. What is the only team to ever wear shorts? Do you remember the Biscuits, Fly- ing Squirrels or Sand Gnats? (The minor leagues have had some awesome team names over baseball his- tory.) How did Dave Ortiz get the nickname "Big Papi?" These and more good stuff. Order also at Full Count. Savin Hill Little League Salutes Martin The Savin Hill Little League program recently opened their 2013 season minus 8-year-old Martin Richard who played for the Rangers and wore #8 on his jersey. Little Leaguers, friends and families marched _from the Little House on East Cottage Street to a short ceremony at McConnell Park. The cer- emony was upbeat but also marked the absence of little Martin who was killed while watching this years' Boston Marathon which killed three people when those bombs went off. Boston firefighters turned out in large numbers wear- ing baseball t-shirts bearing Martin's #8 and emblazoned "We are Martin's Fire- fighters" on the front. Behind them followed a fire apparatus with a banner honoring the Richard family as well as the firefighters' bagpipe band. Martin's teammates car- ried a banner proclaiming "We are one team." We are one Boston. We are Boston Strong. Babe's Last Blast Longtime Post-Gazette writer Ed Shallow sent me a clipping from "America in WWlI," the April issue. In it was a great short story by Carl Zebroski. Try and find it on the internet. I enjoyed reading about the Babe's feat on August 23, 1942, seven years after retirement and an amazing career which started with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and ended back in Boston with the Braves. You'll be sorry if you don't find this super commentary. How Fast is Fast? To measure the speed of Bob Feller's fastball, a motor- cycle had a 10-foot head start. Racing along Chicago's Lincoln Park in 1940, a Chicago police officer and his Harley passed Feller at 86 miles per hour as the Cleveland Indian fireballer began his windup. The race was on to see whether Feller's ball or the Harley- Davidson would reach home plate first. The ball won by three feet and the assembled clockers calculated that Feller's fast- ball traveled somewhere be- tween 96 and 104 miles per hour. I guess this was before the invention of the radar gun. News Briefs (Continued from Page 15) I have come to see a gray- ing of my political beliefs. However, I do think Phillips knew what he was talking about when he once ob- served, "In the long run, we lose only if we fail to fight." I can still fight but I do choose my battles wisely. This Doesn't Shock Me The mother of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers was placed on the same classified watch list as her older son and it is now raising further questions about her role in her older son's apparent radicaliza- tion. She was recently inter- viewed by the Wall Street Journal and stated her older son was framed. Reportedly, the Russians even wire- tapped phone conversations between mother and Terror- ist No. 1. As the old saying goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Fort Hood Victims Denied Their Due Something is wrong as Investors Business Daily re- cently opined, "We have a medal for those who remotely operate drones, but the Pentagon claims awarding the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings with Purple Hearts would jeopardize the shooter's chance of a fair trial." On November 5, 2009, the Obama administration's shameful designation of the rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas by Major Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence" has denied survivors benefits they would have been en- titled to if that attack had been labeled an act of terror. Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning was shot six times but was denied benefits that he could have accrued had what happened at Ft. Hood been designated an act of terror. Manning has said the "work- place violence" label has cost him nearly $70,000 in ben- efits if his injuries were clas- sified as "combat related." Hey, when a self-pro- claimed "Soldier of Allah" shouts "Allahu Akbar" and opens fire on dozens of U.S. citizens and soldiers, killing and maiming as many as he could, shouldn't that be called a terrorist attack? However, the U.S. Army on Good Fri- day formally declined to award Purple Hearts to the victims of that shooting, say- ing that move would damage the ability of Major Hasan to receive a fair trial. EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE =s NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. I Rentals | ing these weapons is a General Advertisements Sales and Memorials * Legals IIi waste of taxpayers' money. in Arizona I would be voting ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE like a Democrat on this gun issue. As many have said, Ft. Hood was no more a work- place violence than 9/11 was an airplane crash. It is one thing to be politically correct when talking about our conflict fundamentalist Islamists, but quite another to deny there is a conflict. We have put the rights of Major Hasan above the rights of his rampage back in November 2009. Whose side is the Obama White House and Democrats up on Capitol Hill on? Many wounded victims and families of the dead have filed a federal law- suit. American citizens shouldn't have to go to court to be awarded rightful ben- efits or Purple Hearts. The federal government ought to be ashamed of its actions toward victims who sur- vived this murderous attack made in the name of Allah. In Arizona, Guns Turned in Must be Re-sold The above makes no sense at all. Arizona communities would have to sell guns turned in at buy back events instead of being destroyed under a law passed by the state legislature. The bill doesn't affect guns seized by law enforcement, which al- ready must be sold to a fed- eral licensed gun dealer un- der a law passed in 2012. Cities and towns have con- tinued buy back events and destroyed weapons and be- lieve since these guns are surrendered freely, they aren't covered by the law. The Senate passed House Bill 2455 on an 18-to-12 party vote and the bill is now in the hands of Governor Jan Brewer. State Demo- crats are mostly for destroy- ing the weapons while Re- publicans say that destroy- HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss WHERE HAVE WE SEEN THIS BEFORE? -- If the excit- ing conclusion to the seventh and deciding game of the Bruins-Maple Leafs first round Stanley Cup series looked somewhat familiar to Hub hockey aficionados well ... that's because it was. You see, there was another team from the Hub that basi- cally was faced with the same situation -- down by two goals very late in the game -- and came back to win. Not only to claim a victory but to capture a championship. As the frenzied crowd yelled and screamed following the Bruins come-from-behind 5-4 victory at the Garden, a few of us couldn't help but think back to a few years ago ... to another Boston team and another place. It was April of 2009 and BU was playing Miami of Ohio for the Division 1 NCAA National Championship at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Coming into the contest BU was one hot team. The Terri- ers had won 34 games and were 16-0-2 in their last 18 road games. Plus, in the semifinals, BU had proved it could come from behind, downing Vermont 5- 4 to earn a shot at the title. Miami, which had won 23 games and had been seeded 13u~, was looking to upset the top seeded Terriers. Miami built up a 3-1 lead and held that margin with lit- erally one minute to go in the game. It looked like the Red Hawks would win their first national championship. But a score by Zack Cohen cut it to 3-2 with 59.5 seconds left and another by Nick Bonino with 17.4 seconds remaining tied it at 3-3 and sent the con- test into overtime. Then with 11:47 having been played in the extra ses- sion, Colby Cohen's shot hit a Miami player and the puck tumbled over the goalie and into the net. The score brought BU its fifth national title and its most memorable championship. The Bruins, of course had little more time remaining in regulation when they got in gear. Not that they needed it. With 1:22 left and Toronto leading 4-2, Milan Lucic put in a score off a rebound. Then with 50.2 seconds remaining Patrice Bergeron found the mark to tie it at 4-4. Bergeron wasn't finished, though. The B's came out strong and with just over six minutes having elapsed in OT the Bruins center stroked home a rebound for the vic- tory and a ticket to the sec- ond round. It was all grand. That's sometimes the way things are -- even the second time around. FOR KESSEL IT'S MASS HYSTERIA -- For Toronto star Phil Kessel, who played for the B's before moving north of the border in 2009, it had to be a particularly hard de- feat. He was so looking for- ward to beating his former team in the playoffs -- and in their own building no less. If Toronto had won game 7, it would have captured the se- ries with three victories at the Garden. But earlier in his career, Kessel was also involved in another memorable loss to a Massachusetts team. He played one season at the Uni- versity of Minnesota before turning pro. In what proved to be his final college game in March, 2006 Holy Cross beat the Golden Gophers 4-3 in overtime, in the NCAA West Regional. It was the biggest victory in Holy Cross hockey history and one of the most embar- rassing defeats for Minne- sota, long considered a college hockey powerhouse. Kessel got to experience what it was like to be on the losing end of a dramatic and surprising conclusion that night. Seven years later, he got to experi- ence it all over again. A FAMILIAR FACE AT THE GARDEN -- That would be Mike Sullivan, who formerly served as head coach of the Bruins for two seasons (2003- 2004 and 2004-2005). Now an assistant coach with the New York Rangers, Sullivan spent a season coaching the Providence Bru- ins before assuming an as- sistant position with the big club after former GM Mike O'Connell decided to serve as interim head coach. The fol- lowing full season saw Sullivan installed as the head man and he promptly led the B's to the Northeast Division title. Sullivan, a native of Marshfleld, played four sea- sons at BU. He scored 61 goals and added 77 assists for 138 career points while suit- ing up for Coach Jack Parker. He played a total of 11 sea- sons in the NHL, including one in the Hub (1997-1998) where he saw action in 77 games, going 5-13-18. During his career he also played for San Jose, Toronto, Calgary and Phoenix -- winding up with 54-82-136 totals in 709 career NHL games. A BOSTONIAN COMES HOME -- Rangers Coach John Tortorella is a true Bostonian, having been born in the city on June 24, 1958. But he went to high school at Concord-Carlisle where he was captain of the hockey and baseball teams. Following his 1976 gradua- tion, he played three years of college hockey at the Univer- sity of Maine and then played in Europe and in the U.S. mi- nor league system. He embarked on a long coaching career starting with the Virginia Lancers in 1986. He guided the Rochester Americans to the 1996 AHL Calder Cup Championship and led the Tampa Bay Light- ning to the 2004 Stanley Cup title. Known for his outspoken ways, he's been behind the Ranger bench since the middle of the 2008-2009 sea- son. He should make good copy for scribes covering the series, regardless of whether the Rangers win or lose.