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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 25, 2013 Tony DeMarco rode in this year's North End Columbus Day Parade. Here he is throwing a right jab at yours truly. EXTRA Innings [ by Sal Giarratani Eastie's Pat Capogreco is excited about this year's Red Sox. He attended "Game 2 at Fenway Park when Big Papi slammed out a 5-4 victory. Since then Pat hasn't shaved and plans to keep his Red Sox beard until the World Series Trophy is back in Boston. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) to the Pirates following the 1962 season for slugger Dick Stuart. Little League Banquet October 28 th Charlestown Little League will celebrate the end of its 55 th season on October 28 th starting at 6:00 pm over at the new Knights of Colum- bus Hall on Medford Street. The ceremony will include individual and team awards. Danny Osinski Passes Away Shortstop Don Buddin was so bad at shortstop defen- sively that he made Dick Stuart look like a Golden (}lover at first. Danny Osinski was a good relief pitcher for the 1967 Impossible Dream Team that brought the Boston Red Sox to the World Series. The last previous World Series for the Red Sox was back in 1946. Ironically, both Red Sox teams took the World Series to Game 7 when they were both times dispatched by a better St. Louis Cardi- nals team. Like Father, Like Son Back on September 14, 1990, Ken Griffey and his son hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of a game against the Angels. Even with father and son homers, the Mariners lost the game 7-5. Some Fan He Is A few weekends ago, Presi- dent Obama mentioned to a newspaper reporter that he was a great Chicago White Sox fan. However, reportedly, when asked to name his favorite on the White Sox past or present, he came up empty. Couldn't name one player. Not Wilber Wood. Not Frank Thomas. Not Nellie Fox. Not even Shoeless Joe Jackson. I guess he doesn't go to movies either. Or per- haps, he's really a Chicago Cubs fan. Nah, I don't think SO. A-Rod Sues  and Selig Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Com- missioner Bud Selig accus- ing them of "vigilante jus- tice" as part of a "witch hunt" designed to smear his good name and has cost him tens of thousands of dollars. The lawsuit was filed a few weeks ago in the New York State Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Pujols LA Angels' slugger Albert Pujols has filed his own law- suit against Jack Clark for comments he made on a local radio show accusing the three time NL MVP of using steroids to juice up stats. The lawsuit was filed in Circuit Court in St. Louis County where Clark resides Who was Number 29? Recently, this column ran a famed photo taken on Sep- tember 28, 1960 showing Ted Williams crossing home plate for the final time after hitting in his final home run in his last career at-bat. At home plate to greet him was a Red Sox player number 29. Who was this ballplayer? One fan of Extra Innings had the correct answer. My friend from the Heights Dunkin' Donuts Sammy Tasone correctly answered that number 29 was catcher Jim Pagliaro who would get traded in a multiplayer deal I always thought Earl Weaver from the Baltimore Orioles back in my younger days was the best Major League manager. WINNING OVER WISCON- SIN -- They came from the Midwest, ranked second in the nation and looking to clean the plates of a couple of teams here in the Hub. But by the time it was all over it was the Hub fans that were letting loose with the hurrahs as members of the Wisconsin team hurried home in defeat, licking their wounds and being thank- ful that the defeats they had experienced occurred in October and not in stretch run months of February or March. Yes, it's early, very early in the college hockey season but already things are look- ing pretty good at rinks around the region. The first team to meet the Badgers was sixth ranked Boston College, who faced off against the Midwesterners on Jerry York Night at Kelley Rink up at the Heights. By the time it was over York had extended his NCAA record career victory count to 937 and the Badgers were stag- gering their way out of the building on the short end of a one-sided 9-2 score. True to his gentlemanly demeanor York insisted that there was "no way" that the Eagles were that much better than the Badgers, that it was simply a night where all aspects of the game -- including the little things -- had gone right for BC. Maybe, but the numbers sure indicate a powerful start for the Eagles. It marked the first time in over 13 years that the Eagles had scored nine goals in a home game at Kelley. In addition, the goal production propelled BC's offense to an eye pop- ping average of 5.67 goals per game, tops in the NCAA in that category. And, just to prove that what happened up at Chestnut Hill was no fluke, the next night was Boston University's turn to tangle with the Badgers. It was Wisconsin's first visit to BU in 25 years and the Badgers just might be hop- ing that it'll be at least that long before they return. For even though the venue had changed from that of the night before, the result wasn't much different at Agganis Arena as the 15 th ranked Terriers pummeled the Badgers 7-3 to give first year head coach Dave Quinn his most impressive victory of the young season and one that most surely will endure as one of the most memorable of the entire 2013-2014 campaign. The triumph featured balanced scoring on the part of BU with a total of seven Terriers having a multi- point night in the victory. The player of the game? BU sophomore goalie Matt O'Connor, who was making his second start of the sea- son. For you see that despite the score, the Badgers did outshoot the Terriers 42-26 with O'Connor making 39 saves to keep the visitors at bay. But things weren't fin- ished just yet. Wisconsin's downward spiral continued as the weekend concluded. The latest ratings came out indicating that the Badgers had tumbled out of the Top 10 to the 11 th spot in both polls. Meanwhile BC had advanced to fifth in both rankings while BU had moved up to 13 th in one and 14 th in the other. MEANWHILE AT NORTH- EASTERN -- The Huskies sprang out of the box in a memorable way, compiling a perfect 4-0-0 record in the early going. If you can't remember the last time there was such a fine start on Huntington Avenue, don't feel bad. It was way back at the start of the 1993-1994 campaign. And everything seems to be going just right for the Huskies in this first month of the collegiate season. As of October 22 "d, NU was just one of three teams in the country to have a 4-0-0 record and just one of five teams in the nation to still be undefeated. Plus, the Huskies were averaging a robust 5.00 goals per game, placing them tied for third in the nation. Their 20 goals scored so far this season had them tied for first nationally in that category. That offense has been generated by an impressive number of shots on goal. Twice already this season NU has exceeded the 50-shot threshold in a game with Kevin Roy tied for second in the nation at 2.25 points per game and Mike Szmatula leading the nation In rookie category with 2.00 points per contest. Overall, the Huskies are leading the USA with a very impressive average of 44.75 shots on goal per game. Their success has caught the notice of the pollsters. 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