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SAN FRANCISCO BASEBALL

OLD TIMERS ASSOCIATION


(Established 1941)

“FROM THE DUGOUT”


December 2018 Edition
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Officers Directors
Lou Landini (President/Editor) Bill DeMattei Mike Bagdon
Jim Jarvis (Vice President) Dave Longa Frank Brady
Ken Mooney (Treasurer) Paul Varni Nick Poppin
Donald Basso (Secretary) Bob Rizzo Cliff Righetti
Gary B ader (Membership Chairman) Bob Mitchell Bill Angel
Joe Marino (Sgt. At Arms) Rich Murphy Rich Ford (Golf)
Bob Fife (Immediate Past President) Leo Martinez (Health & Welfare)

Two Major Announcements


1) At our December 11, 2018 Dinner Meeting, we will be electing our 2019 Officers
and Directors. We will have a huge hole to fill in the person of our stellar outgoing
Secretary, Don Basso, who must relinquish his position because of very significant
family concerns. To date, no one has agreed to run for the 2019 Secretary’s position,
a critical office on the Executive Board. Your Officers and Board of Directors are
asking for someone to step up and agree to run for Secretary. If you are interested,
please let your editor (Lou Landini) know by either e-mail at INSPLFL225@hotmail.com
or by telephone at 650-756-1302 (home) or 415-342-2517 (cell) before the 12/11
meeting. Be a hero---jump in and join the Board!
2) This is the Christmas season, a time for sharing and giving to those less fortunate
than ourselves. At this time of the year, Brother Old Timer Leo Martinez and many
other retired firefighters go into overdrive as they collect toys and funds with which
to buy toys for underprivileged kids. There will be a barrel at the 12/11 dinner
meeting in which you can deposit an UNWRAPPED toy or present Leo with a check
made out to the SF Firefighters Toy Program. The Old Timers have historically been
very generous in their donations to this great charity. Let’s help Leo make 2018 a
banner year. Thank you in advance, Guys!
Editor’s Column---Some Major Good News
As we reported in the November 2018 Edition of this newsletter, the United Irish
Cultural Center will be ceasing banquet operations effective Dec. 31, 2018, which
means the SF Baseball Old Timers Association was in danger of being without a site
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at which to hold our monthly dinner meetings in 2019 and beyond. Well, it gives
your news staff great pleasure to announce that we have a new venue at which to
convene on the second Tuesday of each month.
Through the relentless efforts of Treasurer Ken Mooney and Past President Bill Jones,
we will gather for our regular monthly meetings at Nick’s Seashore Restaurant in
Pacifica. The Board of Directors and Officers will convene for the usual business
meetings at 5:00 PM in the banquet room, and the general membership can enter the
banquet room starting at 6:00 PM to claim their tables and seats. The bar will be
ready, willing and able to provide all Old Timers and guests with their favorite
beverages. Bill Jones assures us that the monthly meals will be varied and excellent,
at a fair price. Members will still pay the customary $5 surcharge as we have been
doing at the UICC, and those members who enjoy a birthday will remain exempt from
this fee in that month. (We remind Don Basso that you only get one birth month a
year, and we don’t count when you we were baptized, received your First
Communion, Confirmation, Graduations, first time voting, or anything else!)
Kathy’s Fund----Old Timers vs Alzheimer’s
Guys, Kathy’s Fund remains in high gear, and this battle against Alzheimer’s is really
getting hot. At the November meeting we collected $185 in cash which is a very nice
amount, and we are now at a total of $5886, and counting! Each and every dollar we
send off to the Alzheimer’s Association will make a difference. To all you
contributors, the Alzheimer’s 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 chip in toward the ultimate victory over Alzheimer’s.
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 we’ll add you to the e-mail distribution list.
The New Pisa Alumni Society---Repeat Announcement
As of January 1, 2019, the New Pisa Alumni will start anew and seek existing
members to re-join, and for new members to sign up. In 2018, we donated $250 to
Mission HS Baseball in memory of legendary Coach Bill Mustanich, and $250 to
Galileo HS Girls’ Softball. One goal we have for 2019 is to donate funds to a game
that will be played at USF between Mission HS and Lincoln HS. The rental of the USF
field is expensive, and we hope to defray some of that cost with a sizeable check.
To join the New Pisa Alumni in 2019, send a check for $10 made out to the SF
BASEBALL OLD TIMERS ASSOCIATION, and on the memo line, note “New Pisa
Alumni,” and mail it to: LOU LANDINI, 208 FOREST PARK DRIVE, PACIFICA, CA
94044. Your $10 will get you listed in the Sponsorship Section of this newsletter as a
NPAS member throughout 2019, and then we’ll do it all again in succeeding years! Be
the first kid on your block to sign up! The Board of Directors will continue making
donations to youth baseball from the proceeds from the New Pisa Alumni sign-ups.
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The roster of NPA members for 2018 was 70 strong, and we hope to exceed that figure
in 2019. Remember, this is for kids’ baseball!
Important Dates Department
Tuesday, December 11, 2018---the final monthly dinner meeting of 2018 will occur at
the Irish Cultural Center, with libations commencing at 6:00 PM and a fine dinner of
roast beef being served at 7:00. We are expecting the usual Old Timer or two to get
their holidays mixed up and appearing at this December feast dressed in Bunny suits.
Imagine incoming 2019 SFBOTA President Jim Jarvis in a jumbo-sized pink Bunny
suit! Be there, don’t miss that sight!
Wednesday, December 19, 2018---the monthly lunch for the Marino Pieretti Group
will take place at the fabulous Nick’s in Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. This is a great
time, punctuated by kids and staff from Hanna Boys’ Center in attendance as guests,
and the presentation of donations to this most deserving organization. And the food
served by Nick’s, which is always great, is off-the-charts phenomenal at this holiday
season lunch.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019---the first on many monthly dinner meetings will take
place at Nick’s. The dinner menu will likely be stuffed pork chop, preceded by a great
salad and Nick’s best in the world garlic bread. As was the case at the UICC, wine will
not be included with the meal, but will certainly be available for purchase. Cocktail
hour will be at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00. Board members and
officers are reminded that their usual monthly meeting will start promptly at 5:00
PM in the banquet room, and our new 2019 President, Jim Jarvis, will be presiding.
Friday, January 11, 2019---the Annual Bill O’Brien & Gene Gaviglio Memorial and Golf
Awards Banquet will take place at Nick’s, with Golf Commissioner Rich Ford running
a great show as always. Cocktails begin at 5:30 PM and a fine dinner will be served at
7:00. Rich will name the Club Champion for 2018. (See a flyer for this fun event at
the back end of this newsletter. Come on out—You will enjoy the evening, even if you
don’t play golf!!)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019—the first Marino Pieretti Lunch Group gathering of the
new year will get under way at the SSF Elks Club, with giggle juice starting at 11:00
AM and lunch at 12:00. It has been rumored that Pieretti Group Commandant Dave
Longa is trying to book a group of 350 pound Serbian Jugglers as the day’s
entertainment.
Friday, January 25, 2019—the 21st Annual Bob Lagomarsino Crab Feed will be held at
the Pomeroy Center, with hosted cocktails beginning at 6:00 PM and Billy Jones’
outrageously great crab and pasta dinner will start at 7:00. (This has to be the
flagship social event of the Old Timers’ expansive event calendar each year.) See the
flyer at the back end of this newsletter, and get your entry in early!!
Words of Wisdom
“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they will ask
for directions.”---Winston Churchill

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Golf News
Here are the closest to the hole results from the Nov. 5 outing at Santa Teressa:
5th Hole: (1) Paul Varni 8-1 (2) Bob Ford 9-6
7th Hole: (1) Hank Barron 10-0 (2) Roger Strack 24-0
14th Hole: (1) Joe Matranga 7-8 (2) Steve Kavanaugh 11-3
16th Hole: (1) Ron Schick 3-0 (2) Art White 7-5
Golf Commissioner Rich Ford is planning a great 2019 Season and that schedule will
come out in the near future.
Twenty-Five Year Pins
Congratulations to Ed Coleman, Jim McCoy, Steve Driscoll, Bob Lopez and Nick
Poppin for reaching the 25-year mark as SFBOTA members!
In Memoriam
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Mike Maffei, a long-time and
dedicated Brother Old Timer. We extend our prayers and condolences to Mike’s
Family, and we ask God to keep Mike at His side.
Also, we note the death of legendary sports broadcaster and Giants announcer Hank
Greenwald, who was a friend to many Old Timers and an occasional guest at our
various functions. Peace be with you, Brother Hank.
On the Mend
It always makes your news staff very unhappy to report Members who are on the DL
each month. This month’s list: Jim Dowd, Charlie Silvera, Don Collopy, Chuck
Bonnici and long-time Old Timer Bill McCullough. Let’s get all these guys back on
the field and cleared for a return to the starting line-up soon! Director Bill Angel?
Still fighting hard, and has been granted membership in the “Hard to Kill Club!” (He’s
New Pisa Tough!) And Bill Magidson, whose health has stabilized, has moved to
Roseville to be closer to family. Ron Lerohl continues in his dedicated journey back
to 100% healthy, and we’re looking forward to Ron telling us he’s back in the line-up.
San Francisco legend Larry Lawson has battled back from a stint at Mills-Peninsula
Hospital to return home. (Larry’s big complaint about Mills-Peninsula? “They don’t
serve Manhattans!”) And Old Timers Past President and all-around great guy Nick
Poppin had a little run-in with some surgical people, and we are hoping for a speedy
recovery for Big Nick (He’s Balboa Tough!).
A continuing 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 loves it when he hears from his Brother Old Timers. Jim, by the way, is our
newsletter’s Baseball Trivia Contributor and a donor to Kathy’s Fund.

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You Know You’re an Old Timer When…
---your idea of a dirty thought is realizing you need to sweep your dusty driveway.
---you tie ribbons on trees when you go for a walk so you can find your way home.
---you recall Democrats and Republicans railing against the Communists instead of
each other.
---you remember getting spanked at school, and again at home for getting whacked at
school. (We Old Timers did not enjoy “Double Jeopardy Protection!)
Bobbie Mitchell-Again?? Aye, Laddie!!
Bobbie did one of those voluntary DNA things and found out that he has substantial
Scottish heritage and many ancestors and current relatives in the Highlands. In
researching his forebears, he learned that all the males in Clan Mitchell have a
tradition that on their birthdays, each man walks across Loch Ericht. Bob was all
jacked up about the supernatural powers of the Mitchell Men to be able to walk on
water, so he traveled to Loch Ericht on his birthday. He walked to the end of a dock,
took a step onto the water, and sank like a rock. A Scotsman saw his plight and
rescued Bob, asking his “Hoot, Laddie, what in hell are ya doin’?” Bob told him of
the Mitchell male birthday fete of walking on the water on their birthdays. The
Scotsman said, “Lad, I’m a Mitchell! When is your birthday?” Bob said proudly
“Today, August 18!” The Scot looked at him and said, “Ya Boob! All us Mitchell Men
here were born in January when the bleedin’ Lake is frozen!”
Rogues Gallery

Brother Old Timer Mike Maffei, The great Hank Greenwald,


a genuine gentleman and a whose brilliance and humor
great guy who will be truly behind the mic of Giants’ Baseball
missed by the Old Timers. are a huge loss to all fans.

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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, SCOMA’S RESTAURANT


Pier 47, Fisherman’s Wharf, SF 94133 415-771-4383

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TERESA MOORE, THE UNITED IRISH CULTURAL CENTER


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

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THE GRIDER FAMILY

RETIRED SAN FRANCISCO FIREFIGHTERS


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

DANIEL DUGGAN, DUGGAN’S 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 O’Connor, Larry Lawson, Jim Dowd, George
Schnapp, and Rich Blackburn

ALUMNI of BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL


Emily Powell, Nick Poppin, Bob “The Carrot” Mitchell, Gene Hartje, Tony Boyadzis, Joe Marino, Donald
Basso 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 the late Jerry “Big Sully” Sullivan

THE 1956 BIG 8 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BASEBALL TEAM


Bob Bandettini, Glen Buckowitz, Ron Castro, Ken Dito, Russ Fadeef, Roger Ferrari, Lew Flores,
Fred Glosser, Blair LeMire, the Late Legendary John McCarthy, Pete Nielsen, Larry Nissim, Jim
Poppin, Fred Quinn, the late Ray Warman, 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

ALUMNUS OF MISSION HIGH SCHOOL


Eddie Gutierrez

RETIRED SAN FRANCISCO DEPUTY SHERIFFS


Bill Angel, Jim Mullan, Ron Lim, Al Dworkin, Paul Varni, Mike Koppel and Jim Deignan

HAT TRICK RACING


Grant Becker, Troy Onorato, Pat Ward and Marvin Cortes

NEW PISA ALUMNI SOCIETY (2018 EDITION)


Bobbie Mitchell, Paul Giambra, Roger Strack, Mike Dunne, Judy and Lou Landini, Roldan Vigil,
Frances Benedetto (wife of Roldan Vigil), Ron Belli, Tom Brandi, Nick Poppin, Joe Gualco, Gary
Bader, Nick Cannuli, Jim Jarvis, Bill Angel, Rich Murphy, Bob Fife, Tad Tassone, Al Dworkin,
the Honorable Judge Quentin Kopp, Stu Etzler, Nick Shihadeh, Rich Ford, Leo Martinez, Joe
Marino, Bill DeMattei, Donald Basso, Mike Bagdon, Rudy Bertolozzi, Jim Perry, Gary Hughes,
Pat Sullivan, Steve Callahan, Beverly McCarthy, Pete Dalton, Bob Crosat, Ken Mooney, Ed
Paulus, Dave Paulus, Eddie Paulus, Mike Brosnan, Bob Restani, Bob Lee, Mel Canevaro,
Bob Devincenzi, Bob Schumann, Ernie Golding, Bill Jones, Jere Driscoll, Con Maloney,
Bill Kirkpatrick, Emily Powell, Roger Ferrari, Jack Scramaglia, George Mutto, Rene Courpet,
Larry Lawson, John LeTourneau, Bill Collins, Bill Difu, Pete Pompei, Frank Brady

The November Trivia Teaser Answer, by our The December Trivia Teaser, by Trivia Master Jim
Trivia Guru Jim Perry Perry, who loves to confound us!

In how many seasons did the immortal Cy Ted Williams, in 1958, won the AL Batting Title at
Young win Twenty or more games? age ___ with an average of ____.

7 A remarkable and never to be duplicated


FIFTEEN times!!!