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Mike Tamburro Will Miss Lou Schwechheimer’s Magic

In PawSox circles, they were regarded as the Holy Trinity. At the top was a businessman named Ben Mondor, a no-nonsense owner who breathed fresh life into the local Triple-A franchise after it had fallen into a state of disrepair. You also had Mike Tamburro, Mondor’s top lieutenant who held the rank of club president and...
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BC’s Baldelli and Baruch Grateful for Opportunity and Access NCBL is Providing

What was earmarked as Dante Baldelli’s senior season at Boston College joined the lengthy list of COVID-19 sports casualties. Despite that major disappointment, all was not completely lost for the Cumberland native and Bishop Hendricken product. The NCAA’s decision to grant springtime student-athletes an additional year of eligibility afforded Baldelli the opportunity to return to...
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These NCBL Teammates Have Been Boys of Summer Together Much of Their Lives

“We’ve known each other since we were kids.” Without a shred of hesitation in his voice, Kyle Davenport speaks those words while standing next to Brandon Taylor on a recent Sunday afternoon. The seating area behind home plate at Newport's Cardines Field serves as the backdrop for these two North Smithfield natives who know well...
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Newport Collegiate Baseball League Brings America’s Pastime Back To Your Living Room

For Mike Falcone, there was a checklist that needed to be devised upon receiving proper clearance to go ahead with the Newport Collegiate Baseball League. First and foremost, Falcone had to make sure the operation was in full compliance and current with the ever-changing coronavirus guidelines. Secondly, he needed to spread the word in hope...
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Best of PawSox “Wired”: Sox Nostalgia Mixed With Baseball Fun and Action

"PawSox Wired" Premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. on YurView (Check Local Listings) Folks who worked at McCoy Stadium during the mid to late 2000s often contend that when it came to Ron Johnson, they broke the mold. He was affectionately known as “R.J.” during his five-year run as manager of the Pawtucket Red...
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Major League Vet Ken Ryan Teaching Kids Baseball In A COVID-19 World

Due to COVID-19, Ken Ryan was forced to close his baseball-related business at the worst possible time. Traditionally, March represents the busiest month on the calendar for KR Baseball Academy, located at 100 Higginson Ave. in Lincoln. Alas, Ryan proved to be the norm rather than the exception when it came to falling victim to the Great Sports Blackout of 2020

Padres’ Mason Feole Patiently Continues Rehab During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mason Feole knows he can take his time, but not too much. A standout left-handed pitcher at The Prout School who departed the University of Connecticut as the baseball program’s all-time strikeout leader (278 in 260.1 innings), Feole underwent Tommy John surgery not long after the San Diego Padres selected him in the 11th round...

From Triple A to NBA: Zach Rothfeld Helps Choreograph “The Last Dance”

There was this treasure trove of NBA video that had remained in the vault for nearly two decades. Before immense production could begin on the “The Last Dance” – the 10-part documentary that followed Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season – Zach Rothfeld was tasked with watching and logging 500 hours...

RI Author Connects with America’s Pastime Through a Pack of Cards

Brad Balukjian didn’t set out to tell some run-of-the-mill story about the post-playing adventures of pro baseball players whose trading cards happened to be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. In other words, Balukjian wanted more to come out of the pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards that served as the foundation...

The Legacy of Dan Mazzulla Transcends Sports

For many years within the Johnston High girls basketball program, assistant coach Chris Corsinetti played the role of good cop to head coach Dan Mazzulla’s bad cop. “One thing I loved about Danny is that he challenged the kids to be their best every single day. At the time, they didn’t always understand what he...