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King: Somehow, Futures League is ready to roll

They’re back. Yes, in these pandemic-dominated days, we have a Silver lining. The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, including the Nashua Silver Knights, actually pulled it off. On Thursday at 6 p.m., Holman Stadium will actually be the site of a game. Amazing. It certainly wasn’t ...

Summer’s here, and so is the local summer game we love

It was a scene hard to imagine as recently as a month or two ago. Fans were seated in groups – family groups, it looked like – on the hill last Friday evening overlooking Harvey Woods Field. The former Daniel Webster College home field serves as a home for three teams in the New Hampshire ...

Time Travel: Nashua’s Gondek leads Dodgers over Portsmouth

JUNE 22, 1960 – “Former Nashua High pitching star Tom Gondek last night pitched and hit the Nashua Dodgers to a 4-3 triumph over the Portsmouth City Club at Holman Stadium. “Gondek scattered eight Portsmouth hits and held the visitors scoreless until the eighth inning and at the same ...

Time Travel: Looking back at Nashua’s baseball roots

JUNE 23, 1965 – Fred Dobens' “Around the Town” column included an old Nashua ballplayer's response to a previous Dobens essay in which he recalled the earliest days of the city's baseball history: “One of Nashua's all-time favorite ballplayers, Leo Gauthier, whose pitching delighted ...

North-Souhegan hockey revolving coaching door must stop

Puck People, we have a problem. It looks like a big one. Let's face it, the Nashua North-Souhegan hockey co-op has been, well, a nightmare. A nightmare for Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras, a nightmare for any of its coaches, and probably not as fun as it should be for its players and ...

Time Travel: Frank Stawasz opens Nashua lost and found

JUNE 20, 1945 – We begin with sports editor Frank Stawasz’s lost and found report: “Doug Cooke, Bowlaway first sacker, is currently wondering what became of his shoes and coat which he left lying on the sod at the North Common softball diamond while he played ball against the Laton House ...

Time Travel: Teaming up for 1955 Governor’s Cup at Nashua Country Club

JUNE 19, 1945 – “Playing good golf all the way, Walter Fergnani and Romeo Dion teamed up to win the Governor's Cup finals at the Nashua Country Club. They defeated the team of Dr. Robert Maxwell and A.D. Barnes, who for the second time in a row finish in the runners-up spot. “In 1944 ...

Reviewing season that wasn’t

It certainly was the spring of our discontent. We turn the page from The Season That Never Was, as summer begins this weekend. The tributes to the high school and college Class of 2020 have been far and wide. This weekend would have marked the official end to the New Hampshire ...

Time Travel: King and his Court coming to Nashua

JUNE 18, 1960 – “Art Edstrom, physical director of the Nashua YMCA and director of the City Softball League, announces plans are progressing for the July 2 appearance of the King and his Court, a four-man softball team, which will play the Nashua All Stars in an exhibition at Holman ...

Time Travel: Jean Lyons tops in Nashua Women’s Golf Association tourney

JUNE 17, 1955 – “Jean Lyons, with a gross of 91, copped top honors in the 18-hole medal play tournament conducted by the Nashua Women's Golf Association yesterday at the Country Club course. Rita Lewitt was low in the net division with a 72. “In the second division, low gross went to ...

Time Travel: Phil Friel competes in Massachusetts Open golf tourney

JUNE 15, 1955 – “Phil Friel, Nashua Country Club professional, finished with a 74 to give him a total of 152 and a tie for sixth in the race the Massachusetts Open golf championship, which swings into the final 36 holes today at the Coonamesset Golf Club.” JUNE 15, 1960 – “John ...

Greenwood: MLB owners, players need to get out of their sandboxes

Using ultra-sensitive mind-reading devices, we bring you this exclusive report on the negotiations between Major League Baseball owners and players that will decide if there will be any games in 2020. Owners: "Am not!" Players: "Are so!" Owners: Am not!" Players: "Are so." Owners: ...

One popular job, one popular player highlight local notes

Here's a bevy of local tids and bits to chew on as we wait for the weather to heat up now that we've reached mid-June. Enough of this fall-like nonsense, please: ---- How popular has the Bishop Guertin athletic director's soon to be vacant job been? Well, the Cardinals received 175 – yes, ...

Time Travel: Nashua High dominates state in 1959-60

JUNE 13, 1960 – “Nashua High has made New Hampshire sports history. “Saturday afternoon at Tilton it capped its most successful school year by winning the state baseball championship, bringing to Nashua no less than five championships in major categories during the past nine months – ...

Nashua sports community suffers loss of great friend

Bob Bates once recounted one of his many amusing adventures as a local sports public address announcer. “You’re apt to do some goofy things as a P.A. Announcer,” he wrote a few years ago in a trade journal. “Because the game you’re announcing may be intensely interesting – or ...

Every local diamond has now become a field of dreams

Knock-knock. Anybody home? If so, please open the door. Nashua city officials, after some grumbling that had surfaced in the past couple of weeks, finally heard the knock at the door of the Park-Recreation Department controlled baseball and softball fields and are ready to let the youth ...

Time Travel: 1935 Nashua High baseball seeks revenge

JUNE 11, 1935 – “Weather permitting, the High School team faces Lowell High at the South Common diamond at 2:30 this afternoon. “Coach Chesnulevich's team has met but one defeat this season and that came at the hands of the that visits here today. Anxious to avenge that defeat the High ...

Greenwood: 16 playoff teams? MLB should kill that idea

Typically Major League Baseball needs to be roused from its chronic coma to make even the simplest change in its methods of operation. For instance, consider the designated hitter rule. When the American League adopted it in 1973, the National League scoffed at such an institutional ...

Time Travel: Wrobleski pitches Nashua High past Keene

JUNE 10, 1955 – “Pitcher Joe Wrobleski and his Nashua High School teammates shut out Keene at Holman Stadium to throw the Section III standings into a tie between Keene and the Purple. Having a great day the plate for the home team was Johnny Daniels.” JUNE 10, 1960 – From the classic ...