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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani Mike Greenwall Mike Greenwall Had a Great Day Back on September 2, 2013, Mike Greenwell set a Major League record by driving in all nine runs, the final one on a 10 th inning single, to give the Red Sox a 9-8 victory over the Mariners. Saltalamacchia Joins Homestart and VA Unveiling Housing for Vets in Quincy Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia joined Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, city, state and federal of- ficials to formerly open Temple Place, a 16-unit apartment building in Down- town Quincy on Saturday, August 31 st. I Always Liked Reggie Smith Boston Red Sox outfielder Reggie Smith was brought up to the Red Sox in mid-sea- son back in 1966. I might have been the first fan to grab an autograph from him as he was exiting a cab out- side the park on Yawkey Way. Before I handed him the pad to sign, I had to ask him who he was. When he said he was Smith, I said can you sign this for me and he did willingly before enter- ing the park for his first day as a big leaguer. Did you know that switch hitter Reggie Smith during the first game of a August 20 th double-hitter became the first Sox player to blast a home run from each side of the plate in a 12-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. During the 1967 Impos- sible Dream season, Reggie Smith along with Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro may have been part of the greatest Red Sox outfield of my lifetime. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose Recently, after seeing the Red Sox rout the Orioles 13- -2 at Fenway Park, I ended up downstairs after the game at the Bleacher Box for a cold one. While there I noticed a large framed collection of old Red Sox photos. I was asked Reggie Smith who a certain player was in the upper right hand comer and I stood up on a chair to get a better view. It was a photo of former Red Sox first baseman Pete Runnels. Before I could praise myself for recognizing Runnels af- ter so many years, a young 20-something bar employee said, "Sir, can you get off the chair, please." I felt like an idiot but at least I still have both my mind and my sense of humor laughing over this request. I will never step on a chair in this place again. Little League Anniversary The first Little League World Series was held in (Continued on Page 15) The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players Book Launch Reception & Book Signing Merrimac, MA, residents Tom and Ellen Zappala are celebrating the release of their new baseball book, The Cracker Jack Collec- tion: Baseball's Prized Players with a local reception at the Merrimac Public Library. 86 W. Main Street (Rt. 110), Merrimac, MA Recently released nationally by Peter E. Randall Publisher to excellent reviews, the book focuses on the lives of the players featured on baseball cards used as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes in 1914 and 1915. Now 100 years old, these cards have become extremely collectible and valuable. The play- ers featured in the book range from some of the best in the game like Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, to lesser- known players like Cuban-born Armando Marsans, a talented player who made fine cigars. The player stories included in The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players give a glimpse into the lives of the men who shaped our National Pastime. The book also discusses the history of the Cracker Jack product and its close connection to baseball. The event on Saturday September 21 st will begin at 6:30 pm with a talk and reception. Special guest Brian "Cappy" Sheehy will also be on hand in uniform to speak about his vintage team "The Essex Base Ball Club" and how they continue the traditions of base- ball as it was played in its infancy. A book signing by authors Tom and Ellen Zappala, along with contributor John Molori, is scheduled from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. For every book sold that evening, $5 will be do- nated to the Merrimac Public Library for use in the Children's Library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information about the book go to: w I He's from Michigan, a state that also gave us an- other darling of the Bruins. His initials are TK and we just might add an O for Ova- tion -- since that's what fans of the Black and Gold honored him with for his play during last spring's im- pressive run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Welcome to your first full season in the National Hockey League, Torey Krug. We sure hope you pick up where you left off since a lot is expected of you this time around. After all, that last guy from Michigan accom- plished quite a bit on the ice at the Garden. His name: Tim Thomas. Krug, a native of Livonia, Michigan, burst onto the scene last spring when he was called up from Provi- dence on an emergency basis during the run for Lord Stanley's Cup. When it was all said and done the 5-9, 180-pound dynamo of a defenseman had scored four inspiring goals and added two assists in 15 games before the B's fell just short on June 24 th. He scored his first ever NHL goal the first night he saw NHL post-season action -- in an Eastern Conference semifinal encounter with the New York Rangers on May 16 th. That's right. He scored the first NHL goal of his career in the playoffs -- and not just in the playoffs, mind you, but in his first playoff game. If you're having trouble recalling the last time that feat was accomplished by a member of the Bruins it's understandable. That's be- cause it was 25 years ago -- back there in 1988 when the vast majority of people didn't have cell phones and the Internet was something way off in the distance. Yes sir, you have to go way back to find the last man who wore the Black and Gold and scored his first time up in the playoffs. His name: Glen Edwin Wesley, thank you, a player who was also a defenseman and went on to a long and durable career in the NHL. How about 20 years: seven with the B's and then 13 more with the combined Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise. That's a total of 1,457 regular sea- son NHL games and 169 playoff contests. And Torey is just starting his climb up that NHL hill. When he steps on the ice come October 3 rd for the opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it will only be his third regular season NHL game. But he won't be starting the season alone. After the game he'll be coming home to his new bride Melanie. They were married in Michigan back on July 8% Krug a relative newcomer here but is a veteran on the ice. He got his start play- ing in a youth program in Michigan, later moved on for a year with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League and eventu- ally wound up signing on at Michigan State. There he immediately made im- pressive contributions -- skating in all 38 games dur- ing his freshman season, being named to the league's All-Rookie team and leading all first-year defensemen in scoring (3-18-31). During his sophomore and junior seasons he served as team captain, earning All- League honors both years and being named the Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist for his accomplishments during his junior season. During those two years he finished with 11-17-28 and 12-22-34 respectively. Amazingly, over the years he had been left undrafted. Several observers chalked it (Continued on Page 15) 971 Saratoga St..Orient Heights, East Boston "Our Family Serving ur mily With nalism, Dignity & Respect " Complete Funerals Starting at $3.900. 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