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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Calling all Glen Oaks Players from the fifties

Here's your opportunity to add your comments. What would be most useful is your name, age, where you live now and what position or positions you played and on what teams.

Here's the first and a example. Push the comments button and please add your information.

Peter Zwerling, 62, living in Columbia, MD. '55, Orioles, '56 Tigers.'57 Eagles, pitcher, catcher and shortstop.

Paul Sherwin said...

Paul Sherwin, 60, Oakland CA, now a dean at San Francisco State Univ. On the Leafs in '54; on the Hawks '55-'58, catcher. Chief accomplishment back then: having hit 1 home run in '57 and 7 in '58. My brother Bob (an MD at Yale New Haven Hospital) played on the '54 Glen Oaks all-star team.

JOE GEMMO, 61, CPA, HUNTINGTON, LI, NY, PLAYED ON HAWKS AND ALL STARS 1957-58, PITCHER (PAUL SHERWIN BATTERY)AND SHORTSTOP; CHEWING "BLACKJACK GUM" AT ALL STAR GAMES; CLAIM OF FAME: ONE PITCH AWAY FROM PITCHING A PERFECT GAME WALKING BATTER ON 3/2 COUNT WITH 2 OUTS IN LAST INNING. RECENTLY RETIRED FROM HARDBALL.

Bill Cassidy, 62, retired, Montpelier Vermont. Jackie and I moved after 30 years in Vermont to Ponte Vedra Beach FL ten years ago, Grandfather.
55 Eagles & Wings 3rd base and outfield, 56 Tigers 3rd base and outfield, 57 Tigers 3rd base. All Star teams 56 & 57...Mark tells me that he has copy of Glen Oaks News that I was the winning pitcher of the final game of the 57 Championship game against the Eagles...that may be...I can't even remember what I had for breakfast!

RICH CAGAN, 62, CPA, SCOTTSDALE, AZ; SEMI RETIRED. PLAYED ON HAWKS 1955 thru 1957, PLAYED I YEAR COLLEGE BALL(PITCHED FOR L.I.U. FRESHMAN TEAM). Loved Little League.Umpired & Managed in son's Little League (Scottsdale); umpired w/son as a team in grandson's Little League (Chandler, AZ). I recognize some names, but will need a little help w/memories.



Mark Eisenberg 58 Rochester, NY 1957 Glens of the Eight Year Old League Pitcher, First Base -Eight Year Old Stars defeated Farm League All Stars 1958 Cubs Pitcher and Second Base Went 9 for 21 for the season (don't ask me how I remember that!) Cubs defeated Wings for International League Championship 1959 to 1961 Hawks Played Every Position On The Field 1960 Broke up no-hitter of Jim Renda of Tigers with sharp single to right and later hit a grand slam homer per Glen Oaks News article; 1961 Had second highest batting average on the Hawks. Hawks won second half of season. Played the Orioles for Championship-- Hawks won first game but lost the next two.

As pitcher and first baseman, Michael Felson played for the Orioles from 1957 – 1958. Of all the memories, his most vivid was the ‘long car ride’ home after the final loss (with extra innings) for the Eastern Seaboard Championship. He also recalls how Herman Dunsey, who headed the league and had a sports equipment store, “Dugout” on Springfield Boulevard would hand out “Blackjack” gum to the team. He remembered Dunsey to be one of the most decent and committed gentleman of his time. But, Michael’s fondest memory were the long-lasting friendships built from being part of a great team. Michael Felson, 61, married for 39 years, has two children and a first grandchild, Lily.

Robert Morton, 60, retired, Wading River L I.
Catcher for the Tigers, '58, '59. All-star catcher in '58.
Played for St. John's '64-68.
Loved riding my bike down to the oval to play ball with a great bunch of guys and in front of terrific fans.
Still playing baseball on two 48+
teams.

Al Uhl, 62, ’56 and ’57 All-Star teams, Eagles

My Dad was an FDNY fireman and was going to make the game but got called in at the last minute for a four-alarmer. So my Mom had to get me there and I got there late. So late that the coach said "I'll give you five pitches and we've got to get off the field". I hit a hard line drive in the left center gap, three that hit or short-hopped the fence and one that one out to left. When the line-up was posted he had me batting third (vs. 5th or 6th where I had been hitting). I was shocked and of course nervous because it meant hitting in the first inning rather than later when the nerves might settle down a little. I remember being surprised by the Venezuelan pitcher’s curveball which may have been the first honest-to-goodness curve I had seen. It not only broke a bunch but also dropped a bunch. I walked and was thrilled!J I also recall being shocked at how fast the game went by; seemed like a blur. Probably explains my general lack of detailed memories of the game itself inning by inning. Do recall that we had a rocky start and fell behind early and had to come back.



Anonymous added:

I have such great memories of playing at the oval. Bob Morton was a wonder behind the plate, and he was one of the few players that ever hit a home run offJoe Gemmo.
I remember Mr. Herman Dunsey, a great man that loved the Glen Oaks Little League. He always had a convertible, and as many of us as possible would pack into his car for a road-trip!



Mike Berkley wrote:


Mark Eisenberg called me about next week's exciting 50th anniversary ceremonies. Here's my Bio/Glen Oaks Little League info:
Mike Berkley 59, Tempe, AZ.
Position: 2nd base and catcher
I found my trophy for the Hotrods being American Association champs in 1959.
I also found an undated certificate from Ben Hessel, League President, congratulating me on being an International League All-Star, along with a Little League graduation certificate.

and added:A couple of additional comments to my recent submittal: At one point my father, Jules Berkley, was the Manager of my team. Also, I took my wife and 2 sons to see the Oval in 1998.



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Anonymous said...

RICH CAGAN, 62, CPA, SCOTTSDALE, AZ; SEMI RETIRED. PLAYED ON HAWKS 1956-58, PLAYED I YEAR COLLEGE BALL(PITCHED FOR L.I.U. FRESHMAN TEAM). Loved Little League.Umpired & Managed in son's Little League (Scottsdale); umpired w/son as a team in grandson's Little League (Chandler, AZ). I recognize some names, but will need a little help w/memories.

Michael Felson said...

As pitcher and first baseman, Michael Felson played for the Orioles from 1957 – 1958. Of all the memories, his most vivid was the ‘long car ride’ home after the final loss (with extra innings) for the Eastern Seaboard Championship. He also recalls how Herman Dunsey, who headed the league and had a sports equipment store, “Dugout” on Springfield Boulevard would hand out “Blackjack” gum to the team. He remembered Dunsey to be one of the most decent and committed gentleman of his time. But, Michael’s fondest memory were the long-lasting friendships built from being part of a great team. Michael Felson, 61, is Senior Managing Director at First Republic Investment Management. Married for 39 years, he has two children and a first grandchild, Lily.

Anonymous said...

As pitcher and first baseman, Michael Felson played for the Orioles from 1957 – 1958. Of all the memories, his most vivid was the ‘long car ride’ home after the final loss (with extra innings) for the Eastern Seaboard Championship. He also recalls how Herman Dunsey, who headed the league and had a sports equipment store, “Dugout” on Springfield Boulevard would hand out “Blackjack” gum to the team. He remembered Dunsey to be one of the most decent and committed gentleman of his time. But, Michael’s fondest memory were the long-lasting friendships built from being part of a great team. Michael Felson, 61, is Senior Managing Director at First Republic Investment Management. Married for 39 years, he has two children and a first grandchild, Lily.

Anonymous said...

RICH CAGAN SAYS OOPs ..... My Hawk years were 1955 - 1957, not 56-58!

I will bring Hawks team photos - I believe from 55 and 56.

Anonymous said...

I have such great memories of playing at the oval. Bob Morton was a wonder behind the plate, and he was one of the few players that ever hit a home run of Joe Gemmo.
I remember Mr. Herman Dunsey, a great man that loved the Glen Oaks Little League. He always had a convertible, and as many of us as possible would pack into his car for a road-trip!

Bob Morton said...

Robert Morton, 60, retired Podiatrist, Wading River L I.
Catcher for the Tigers, '58, '59. All-star catcher in '58.
Played for St. John's '64-68.
Loved riding my bike down to the oval to play ball with a great bunch of guys and in front of terrific fans.
Still playing baseball on two 48+
teams.

Bob Morton said...

Robert Morton, 60, retired Podiatrist, Wading River L I.
Catcher for the Tigers, '58, '59. All-star catcher in '58.
Played for St. John's '64-68.
Loved riding my bike down to the oval to play ball with a great bunch of guys and in front of terrific fans.
Still playing baseball on two 48+
teams.

Mike Berkley said...

Mark Eisenberg called me about next week's exciting 50th anniversary ceremonies. Here's my Bio/Glen Oaks Little League info:
Mike Berkley 59, Tempe, AZ. Information Services Manager, Arizona Public Service Co.
Position: 2nd base and catcher
I found my trophy for the Hotrods being American Association champs in 1959.
I also found an undated certificate from Ben Hessel, League President, congratulating me on being an International League All-Star, along with a Little League graduation certificate.

Mike Berkley said...

A couple of additional comments to my recent submittal: At one point my father, Jules Berkley, was the Manager of my team. Also, I took my wife and 2 sons to see the Oval in 1998.

Mike Berkley

Ella said...

Good words.

Larry said...

I lived on 74th right up the block from the oval from 1970 on but played in Glen Oaks Little League from 68 till like 76 or 77.
My dad was the publicity chairman, then vice president, and then president of the league in 74 and 75. My brother initiated and started the Lassie League Girls softball....my parents still live in that same apt. many memories of the oval...especially the opening day parades and the all star game days.
if u pass the oval field now the basketball courts on on the total opposite side of the park now.
you all have a happy new year...
Larry Rosenthal