Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Player Destined for the Majors Chose First to Play for Himself | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Player Destined for the Majors Chose First to Play for Himself | NY Times

By KATIE THOMAS Published: June 1, 2008 A high school senior named Pedro Alvarez went to bat during a major league draft showcase at Yankee Stadium three springs ago. Thwack! The ball winged into the upper tiers. Smack! Another home run. Alvarez, 18 years old at the time, had committed to attend Vanderbilt University, but [...]


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Celebration, Washington Heights Style | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Celebration, Washington Heights Style | NY Times

By John Branch November 5, 2009 As Champagne celebrations go, the best one after the Yankees won the World Series might have been the one on the sidewalk of 191st Street in Washington Heights. Washington Heights is a huge enclave of baseball-crazy Dominican immigrants near the northern tip of Manhattan — and just about two [...]


Uptown Video: Take Me Out to the Ballgame – From Santo Domingo to NYC

Uptown Video: Take Me Out to the Ballgame - From Santo Domingo to NYC

By Arlene Schulman (@ArleneSchulman) Play ball! The baseball fields of Inwood Hill Park come alive during the summer months when local Little League and adult teams hit the diamond. The Inwood Little League sponsors a team from the Dominican Republic each summer and this talented group enthralled the crowds that gathered to watch. Once the [...]


Pedro Alvarez slugs path from Washington Heights to stardom with Pittsburgh Pirates | NY Daily News

Pedro Alvarez slugs path from Washington Heights to stardom with Pittsburgh Pirates | NY Daily News

Perhaps the only thing more notable about Pedro Alvarez than his power is the path he has taken to the big leagues. A Dominican-born kid coming out of Washington Heights is hardly the stuff of headlines. But when that kid goes to Horace Mann, a prestigious private school in Riverdale, and then turns down almost [...]


Pedro Martinez building hope in the Dominican | The Boston Globe

Pedro Martinez building hope in the Dominican | The Boston Globe

By Stan Grossfeld EL MAMON, Dominican Republic — Pedro Martinez wraps his long, elegant fingers around the handle of a Stanley hammer, grabs a nail, and starts pounding away. He’s helping rebuild a rusty tin-and-plywood shack for an old woman who raised six children there by herself. For Martinez, who had five brothers and sisters, it [...]


Washington Heights’ Own Pedro Alvarez Participating in 2013 Home Run Derby | Sports World Report

Washington Heights' Own Pedro Alvarez Participating in 2013 Home Run Derby | Sports World Report

By Frankie Garcia For those baseball fans in Washington Heights, aka Little DR, who still don’t know Pedro Alvarez, they will have a chance to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates slugger in the 2013 Home Run Derby. Alvarez will be representing the Pirates, Pittsburghers, Dominicans and Washington Heights. Alvarez was born in the Santo Domingo, the [...]


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Celebration, Washington Heights Style | NY Times

By JOHN BRANCH November 5, 2009 As Champagne celebrations go, the best one after the Yankees won the World Series might have been the one on the sidewalk of 191st Street in Washington Heights. Washington Heights is a huge enclave of baseball-crazy Dominican immigrants near the northern tip of Manhattan — and just about two [...]


How Dominican Jimy Kelly changed international signing rules | SI.com

How Dominican Jimy Kelly changed international signing rules | SI.com

BY Melissa Segura On a rainy March afternoon, Jimy Kelly squeezes into his seat between the tightly packed tables at La Nueva Espana Restaurant in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The smell of fried chicken hangs in the air. Kelly, like most of Dominicans who frequent the hole-in-the-wall in the working-class barrio, doesn’t bother [...]


Little League Named for Slain Cop Michael Buczek Opens Season With a Parade | DNAinfo

Little League Named for Slain Cop Michael Buczek Opens Season With a Parade | DNAinfo

By Paul Lomax Cops and kids marched through Washington Heights to honor the memory of an officer slain in the line of duty 24 years ago — and to kick of the season of a baseball league named in his honor. The parade featured players from the Michael Buczek Little League, which is named for [...]


Baseball Coach Steve Mandl Suspended Before a Hearing Is Held | NY Times

Baseball Coach Steve Mandl Suspended Before a Hearing Is Held | NY Times

By JIM DWYER One more time, at the end of another high school championship baseball game, Steve Mandl was floating around a ballpark, perched on the shoulders of whooping players last June. He had taken this victory ride before: In 27 years, Mr. Mandl, the coach of the George Washington High School baseball team in [...]


Manny Ramirez, the High School Legend | NY Times

Manny Ramirez, the High School Legend | NY Times

By SARA RIMER Published: April 25, 2011 Hero. Cheat. Prodigy. Ingrate. Free spirit. Knucklehead. Hall of Famer. Pariah. Enigma. Manny Ramirez, one of the great right-handed hitters of his generation, who retired from baseball this month after once again testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was many things to many people — fans and family and [...]


The Little League Parade As Seen By Briana E. Heard

Photography by Briana E. Heard


Uptown in Brief: Bernie Williams Gives Back to the Inwood Little League

By Mike Silva Bernie Williams and Juan Marichal conducted baseball clinics with the Inwood Little League kids, distributed autographed baseballs and delivered remarks about Time Warner Cable’s donation to the Inwood Little League, which included athletic equipment such as catcher’s gear, a batting cage and a pitching machine. In addition, Inwood Little League kids who [...]


Where Baseball Rules, Even in Winter – NYTimes.com

BY Noah Rosenberg On Sunday night the big game was on nearly all the wall-mounted televisions at one Manhattan restaurant, and the eyes of many beer-drinking patrons never left them. Athletes in green were running across the screens, but not a single chant of “J-E-T-S” could be heard. That is because the restaurant, El Nuevo [...]


UPTOWN PIRATE – PEDRO ALVAREZ

BY Led Black Baseball, for many Dominicans, both on the island and in the states, is so much more than a game. It is a lifeline, a potential goldmine and an obsession. In this neighborhood, the people are not simply fans but fanatics. That is especially true when the player is from the area. Folks [...]


UPTOWN FIELDS THE DREAM

BY Carolina Pichardo Baseball is the Dominican Republic’s greatest pastime, it’s heart and reason for beating, it’s fresh breath in the morning, etc. [Add your own simile here.] Since the early 1960’s, the country has given birth to some of the Major League’s best players. Which is why it’s only natural that this same fascination/love [...]


THE END OF AN ERA: PLAY BALL!!!

THE END OF AN ERA: PLAY BALL!!!

With baseball season just underway, I recently started to reminisce how growing up in the Heights back in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s the only team that has ever mattered is the New York Yankees. As a kid, we played sponge ball, softball and ultimately baseball pretending to throw, catch and hit like our favorite Yankees while playing in the school yard at PS 173 and the fields of J. Hood Wright Park.

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