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SAN FRANCISCO BASEBALL

OLD TIMERS ASSOCIATION


(Established 1941)

FROM THE DUGOUT


November 2017 Edition
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Officers Directors
Bob Fife (President) Bill DeMattei Jim Jarvis
Lou Landini (Vice President/Editor) Dave Longa Frank Brady
Ken Mooney (Treasurer) Paul Varni Nick Poppin
Donald Basso (Secretary) Bob Rizzo Cliff Righetti
Gary B ader (Membership Chairman) Bill Angel
Joe Marino (Sgt. At Arms) Leo Martinez (Health and Welfare)
Rich Murphy (Immediate Past President) Rich Ford (Golf Commissioner)

In Honor of Veterans
Friday, November 10, is Veterans Day. One day is not enough to honor all those who
have sacrificed so much to serve the United States of America and preserve the
freedom of this Nation. So lets consider November as Veterans Month. To all who
have served and are serving in our Armed Forces, and especially all of our Brother Old
Timers who are Veterans, your Fellow Old Timers and editorial staff profoundly thank
you and declares our gratitude for your sacrifices and service. God Bless You and the
United States of America.
Screw-up Correction Department
When your editor was in grammar school at St. Vincent DePaul School here in SF,
apparently he flunked calendar reading. So that means that your editor made a
rather significant blunder in the October Edition of this hopeless news rag by
erroneously listing the date of the November rendition of the Marino Pieretti Lunch
Group Meeting. The correct date is Wednesday, November 15, one day after this
months dinner meeting. The location remains Dominics at Oyster Point. Sorry for
the boo-boo.
Very Important Notification Department
Brother Old Timer Emeritus Leo Martinez wants to remind us all that with the
coming of the Holiday Season (Christmas in plain speak), the San Francisco Fire
Department Toy Program will gear up to provide gifts to underprivileged kids in SF.
Leo will have a barrel at the November and December meetings for our membership to
place unwrapped toys to give to kids. In lieu of actual toys, Leo says that checks
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made out to the SF Firefighters Toy Program will be gratefully accepted as well.
Guys, the SFBOTA is renowned for its generosity, so lets show Santa Leo and his
Elves what we can do to make sure these kids get some holiday cheer.
Editors Column
Well, as we all know by now, the 2017 Major League Baseball Season has ended with
the crowning of the Houston Astros as the World Series Champions after an exciting
see-saw seven game battle against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a fun series to
watch, and all of us Giants fans looked on wistfully in hopes that our guys in orange
and black can win their way back into the Series soon. To that effect, Giants
management has started a re-shuffle of Manager Bruce Bochys coaching staff.
Pitching Coach Dave Righetti and Bullpen Coach Mark Gardner have been bumped
upstairs to front office duties along with Assistant Hitting Coach Steve Decker. Third
Base Coach Phil Nevin was let go and will be replaced by Ron Wotus, the long-time
Bench Coach. Hensley Muelens will move from Hitting Coach to Bench Coach, and
the new Hitting Coach will be Alonzo Powell, who was the Assistant Hitting Coach
this year for the Astros. Rumor has it that the new Pitching Coach will be former As
Pitching Coach Curt Young, and the new Bullpen Coach will be former major league
pitcher and one-time Giant Matt Herges. As of this writing, no assistant hitting
coach has been named.
This is a whole lot of scrambling intended to make the Giants better, but the coaches
cant go out there and play. And managers and coaches are only a good as the
players they are given. The bottom line is that there is a huge need for some serious
power in the line-up, a wholesale renovation of a brutal bullpen, the acquisition of a
3rd baseman and a left-fielder, and a couple of starters to fill some weak spots in the
starting rotation. Lets see how serious the Giants management is about improving a
weak team. The answer to the Giants fix does not lie with coaching changes. Stay
tuned!
Kathys Fund----Old Timers vs Alzheimers
Guys, Kathys Fund remains in full force. This battle against Alzheimers goes on and
so does the amazing generosity of the Old Timers. At the October dinner, we
collected $50 in cash quietly donated by Ken Mooney, and Brother Old Timer Pete
Pompei mailed in a generous check for $50. This brings our donations to $2538 since
we started this campaign in August 2016. Each and every dollar we send off to the
Alzheimers Association will make a difference. To all you contributors, the
Alzheimers Association sends its appreciation. And those Old Timers whose lives
have been so terribly altered by this brutal disease repeatedly extend their thanks to
all who contribute toward the ultimate victory over Alzheimers.
Get Your Newsletter by E-Mail
We are building quite a list of monthly e-mail subscribers at a tremendous saving to
the SFBOTA. Our present estimate is at approximately $2200 per year. So we would
urge those members who have e-mail to sign up by sending me a message at
INSPLFL225@HOTMAIL.COM and well add you to the e-mail distribution list.

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Important Dates Department
November 14, 2017---the monthly dinner at the Irish Cultural Center will be a Turkey
Bonanza. A reminder from President Bob Fife, this meeting will be the first of two
involving elections of club officials. Be there! Have a say! Festivities start with adult
liquidity at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00.
***November 15, 2017---the Marino Pieretti group and Dave Longa Ballet Troupe
lunch will be held at Dominics at Oyster Point Yacht Club, beginning at 11:00 AM
with a lecture on The Intellectual Benefits of The Martini by Emil Ruggiero and his
group of sock puppets, followed by a fine meal at 12:00.
December 12, 2017---the monthly dinner at the Irish Cultural Center will feature
cross-rib roast beef and a whole lot of Christmas spirit and Old Timers fellowship.
Well also have the second of our two meetings for the election of 2018 Old Timers
Officers and Directors. Campaign activities (better known as Cocktail Hour) start at
6:00 and dinner at 7:00. Collusion with any foreign government agents to adversely
affect our electoral process is discouraged unless the agents buy drinks for the house.
December 20, 2017---the Marino Pieretti Lunch Group will meet at the fabulous
Nicks Seashore Restaurant for our annual gathering to honor and donate to Hanna
Boys Center of Sonoma. As we always do, we will host staff members and students
from HBC, which makes this lunch a very special one. On the menu that day will be
Nicks incredible rack of lamb, a first-class delicacy. As usual, Lip-Loosening will
begin at 11:00 and lunch will be served at 12:00.
Special Events Notes---Mark Your Calendars
January 5, 2018---The annual Old Timers Golf Dinner at Nicks in Pacifica. This is
always a fantastic event put on by Golf Commissioner Rich Ford, and you dont have
to be a golfer to come and have a great time. Look for entry forms from Rich.
January 26, 2018---The Annual Bob Lagomarsino Crab Feed, a signature event each
year, will be held at the Janet Pomeroy Center. This is a Dont Miss It caper, so jot
this down on your calendar. Stand by for entry forms in your December and January
newsletters.
We Need a Recruitment Drive---Repeat Announcement
Honorable Fellow Old Timers, you all know the stark fact that we aint getting any
younger! We need to make a concerted effort to bring in some new members so that
we can keep the traditions of our great organization alive and running for many,
many years to come. So, the SFBOTA is encouraging all you members to start
recruiting friends, relatives, friends of relatives or relatives of friends to join our
fabled group. We are a living history book, but we run the risk of running out of
pages. Lets make sure this doesnt happen on our watch!!
Golf News
For the October 16 event at Sunnyvale, here are the closest-to-the-hole results:
4th Hole---Forward Tees (1) Giovanni Colombo 17-10 (2) Nick Poppin 23-3
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Back Tees (1) Nobody (2) Surprise!! Nobody
7th Hole---Forward Tees (1) Rich Ford 2-6 (2) Roger Strack 9-11
Back Tees (1) Art White 13-6 (2) Lou Landini 18-10
13th Hole---Forward Tees (1) Paul Giambra 4-7 (2) Jack Scramaglia 12-5
Back Tees (1) Art White 21-4 (2) Mike Brosnan 27-4
15th Hole---Forward Tees (1) Woody Woodall HOLE IN ONE!! (2) Bill Jones 4-0
Back Tees (1) Mike Brosnan 14-8 (2) Mr. Nobody!
Congratulations to Woody on his Ace, the second one recorded by an Old Timer this
year!! #15 at Sunnyvale is a tough hole, and this makes his achievement even more
special. Rumor has it that Woodys playing partners that day were Ray Charles and
Stevie Wonder, who both said that they heard the ball go in the hole!

Words of Wisdom
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, youll become happy; if you get a bad
one, youll become a philosopher. Socrates
In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of revered Old Timers Al McCarthy
and Ray Crosat. Al was a retired firefighter and stalwart at the monthly dinners at the
famous Truck 6 Table. Ray was a retired police officer and father of Brother Old
Timer Bob Crosat. These gentlemen were true class acts and really did make the
world a much better place. May God keep these wonderful men in the palm of His
hand and provide love and comfort to those whom Al and Ray left behind.
Also, as reported by Leo Martinez, the sporting world lost two fine men recently,
Bucky Kaylor and Y.A. Tittle. Y.A. was a long-time quarterback for the 49ers and a
real fan favorite before being traded to the New York Giants. Rest in Peace, Bucky
and Y.A.
On the Mend
It always makes your news staff very unhappy to report Members who are on the DL
each month. This months list: Bob Martinez, Charlie Silvera, Clarence Grider, Don
Collopy, Jerry Big Sully Sullivan, Gerry DeRyan, Lou DeSalvatore and long-time
Old Timer Bill McCullough. Lets get all these guys back on the field. A recent
addition to this list is our Brother Old Timer Gene Hartje, and we hope he is cleared
for a return to the starting line-up soon!
We also wish full and speedy recoveries to Doris Fox and Loretta Canevaro.
And I am happy and proud to say that Larry Nissim, who has battled hard in his
recovery from a major surgery, contacted the editorial staff and asked to come off the
DL! Larry, you are a gutty guy! Ken Mooney will send you out on a rehab assignment
to Barstow!
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Director Bill Angel is still battling a serious illness but holding his own, and
continuing on this list is Jim Dowd, who continues making progress in his comeback
from a serious illness. Friends who would like to visit Jim are reminded to call first
to make sure he is up to receiving well-wishers, and count on seeing him after 1:00
PM.
A reminder: Jim Perry remains on the DL at Laguna Honda Home. Jim is brightened
up by cards and letters addressed to him at Laguna Honda Home, 375 Laguna Honda
Blvd, Building 1 North, Room 133A, San Francisco, Calif. 94116. Jim really
appreciates the devoted support of the SFBOTA.
You Know Youre an Old Timer When
---your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
---you find yourself looking forward to a dull evening.
---your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
---you wonder how you can be over the hill when you dont remember climbing it.

Its Bobbie Mitchell Time Again!!


Bobbie, ever the outdoorsman, calls up his buddy Nick Poppin and gets him to agree
to go fishing at Lake Merced. They rent a boat and row out into the middle of the
lake. They throw their lines out, and Wow, they catch their limit of nice-sized trout!
So Bobbie tells Nick, Hey, we should come out here tomorrow! But we have to
remember this spot! So Nick watches with incredulity as Bobbie takes a piece of
chalk from his tackle box and marks the bottom of the boat with a great big X. Nick
looks at Bobbie and says Bob, how is that going to help us find this spot tomorrow?
Thats easy, Nicky Boy! Bobbie replies. All we gotta do is make sure we rent the
same boat! Nick slipped into the water and quietly swam to shore.

You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop


An American gentleman in his late 80s arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs,
it took him a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on. The customs officer,
annoyed at the delay, sarcastically asked the gentleman Have you been to France
before, Monsieur? The elderly gentleman answered Yes, I have. The customs
officer rudely said Then you should know that you must show your passport upon
entering France.
The old man gave the customs officer a hard look and quietly said When I came
ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldnt find
one of you guys to show my passport to.
No reply came forth.

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Rogues Gallery

Without our Veterans and those currently serving, where would this
country be today? Where will we be tomorrow? It is because of
Americans like this that the United States is truly the Land of the Free.
Our Military and Our Veterans---The Guarantors of Freedom.
God Bless You One and All.

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Thank You Once Again and Always to Our Loyal Sponsors
DEE MURATORE, MURATORE GENERAL CONTRACTOR & CABINET MAKER
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DENNIS DICKEY, 1st CHOICE MORTGAGE AND REALTY


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ROB FIFE, 729 SOLUTIONS


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GERI CAMPANA, AL GRAF BAIL BONDS


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ERNEST CHUCKAYALA, AYALA REAL ESTATE


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ROGER MINHANDO, CHALET BASQUE RESTAURANT


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LOREN A. KERTZ, CHARLES SCHWAB CO.


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JOE MARINO, COLUMBUS CAF


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FRANK J. PISA BARBER SHOP


5 Civic Center Lane, Millbrae 94030 650-697-0736

PAUL NAVARRO, LUCETIS RESTAURANT


109 W. 25th Avenue, San Mateo 94403 650-574-1256 or 650-458-6550 lucetis.com

GREG RIGHETTI, MARIN LOCK & SAFE


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MARK BENEDETTI INSURANCE


199 California Dr, Suite 702,Millbrae 94030 650-697-2044 mbinsuru@hotmail.com

NICK DUTTO, METROPOLITAN ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION, INC.


2400 Third St, SF 94107 415-642-3002 ndutto@metroelectric.com

CHUCK GUST, NICKS SEASHORE RESTAURANT


100 Rockaway Avenue, Pacifica 94044 650-359-3900 www.nicksrestaurant.net

RAY McDONALD, PERSONAL AWARDS CO.


1842 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo 94401 650-558-0860 pawards@pacbell.net

TOM LaTORRE, SABELLA & LaTORRE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT


#3 Fishermans Wharf, SF 94133 415-673-2824

SAN FRANCISCO FIREFIGHTERS TOY PROGRAM


Leo Martinez, the late Al McCarthy, Vince Tudoni. Rich Blackburn, Skip McKinney, George Schnapp,
Jim McCoy, Art Citron, Dan Jacobsmeyer, Brian Kearney, Ray Molinari

TOM CREEDIN, SCOMAS RESTAURANT


Pier 47, Fishermans Wharf, SF 94133 415-771-4383

MARLENE VOGELSANG, SOCIETY for AMERICAN BASEBALL RESEARCH (SABR)


510-589-8523 mvogelsang@sbcglobal.net
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THOMAS J. BRANDI, THE BRANDI LAW FIRM
354 Pine St, 3rd Floor, SF 94104 415-989-1800 tjb@brandilaw.com

DAVE LONGA,
THE MARINO PIERETTI GROUP

TERESA MOORE, THE UNITED IRISH CULTURAL CENTER


2700-45th Avenue, SF 94116 415-661-2494 UICCBanquets@yahoo.com

JAR OF GOLD
Fellow Old Timers Jim Jarvis, Bill Difu & Ernie Golding

THE GRIDER FAMILY

RETIRED SAN FRANCISCO FIREFIGHTERS


Nick Cannuli, Bill DeMattei, Mel Canevaro, Jim OConnor, Don Dennehy, Bob Moser,
Milt Panagotacos, Mike Pera, Jack Bonnici, Roger Bross, Frank Kelly

DANIEL DUGGAN, DUGGANS SERRA MORTUARY


500 Westlake Av, Daly City 94014 650-756-4500 dan@duggansserra.com

TABLE 6 (TRUCK)
Hank Sanchez, the late Al McCarthy, Art Citron, Jim OConnor, Larry Lawson, Jim Dowd, George
Schnapp

ALUMNI of BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL


Emily Powell, Nick Poppin, Bob Mitchell, Gene Hartje and Elliot Bart Bartholomew

THE BALL TEAM


The Late Frank Strazzullo, The Late John Alameda, Mike Bagdon, Rich Ford, Con Maloney, Billy Jones,
Art White, Ken Mooney and Big Sully

THE 1956 BIG 8 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BASEBALL TEAM


Bob Bandetini, Glen Buckowatz, Ron Castro, Ken Dito, Russ Fadelf, Roger Ferrari, Lew Flores,
Fred Glosser, Blair LeMire, the Late Legendary John McCarthy, Pete Nielsen, Larry Nissim, Jim
Poppin, Fred Quinn, Ray Waruman, the Late and Great Frank Cic Williams, Victor Bud Williams

ANONYMOUS DONOR
Thanks Old Timers---Your Monthly Newsletter Is A Great Read

WILLIAM DeMATTEI
Fellow Old Timer

ALUMNI OF MISSION HIGH SCHOOL


Vince Belli, Eddie Gutierrez, Joe Blea, Steve Riordan and the late Terry Roach

October Trivia Answers November Trivia Questions


!) Only Yankee to win Rookie of 1) What MLB hitter holds the record for
the Year and MVP? Thurman consecutive games with at least one strikeout?
Munson What year and how many games?
2) Most stolen bases in a 2) What MLB pitcher hit a home run in his first
season? Ricky Henderson with MLB at bat? And how many HRs did he hit in
130 in 1982 his career?