The Boys of Summer are back at The Corners

The Boys of Summer are back at The Corners

Kid Hansen scores! [Photo: ESPN photographer Kramer] Photos cropped with help from student worker Kelsi Barnholt at Nazareth College’s Wilmot Library 5/22/16

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A G of S about to slam my fastball last season from “Pick up softball games still exist” (at end)

The Boys of Summer are back on Winton Road. And all Girls of Summer are strongly encouraged to join.

Every Sunday summer morning, from May 1st to Labor Day, a group of guys show up at the Brighton baseball field (between Brighton High School and 12 Corners Middle School) at 9:30 am to play a pick up softball game.

Their ages range from teenagers to some 60 year olds, and they have been doing this for about 25 or maybe 35 years (no one knows for sure).  A typical player is 60 year old Jeff Feldman, long past his “glory days,” playing stick ball and touch football as a kid on the streets of New York City.  Today, Jeff gives an honest showing on the field and at bat. Considers it a victory if he makes it home in an upright position.  Keeping in shape in the off season with daily workouts on his treadmill doesn’t hurt. (SEE ENTIRE SERIES AT END)

raff's ball

from Five years ago when Michael Raff found his perfect mark. And over 70 years of history at the B’Nai Brith bowling league from 5th anniversary of his 300 game at the B’Nai Brith bowling league

Actually, the Boys had a very busy off season, especially Brad Rosenbaum.  Brad coached the Brighton Volleyball team to the first boys state title in school history. Brad’s father-in-law Michael Raff celebrated the 5th anniversary of his 300 game at the B’Nai Brith bowling league with a pin-dropping re-creation of the fabled event. And I even tried out for a men’s baseball team.

Live action from the game. Zev both took the picture from behind the mound and fielded the ball without dropping the camera. 5/22/16

For Sunday’s game — as we sometimes do — players were divided into three teams, with the A team narrowly defeating B and C by 14-11-11.


From website “Cards That Never Were: What cards would look like if I had my way.”

The dramatic early season contest set the stage for a summer’s worth of ESPN moments.

On one play, I was standing firm at the plate while Raff was rounding third, a menacing blur looking like Pete Rose approaching Ray Fosse in the 1970 All Star game.

Kid Hansen’s throw was on target but the hard charging optometrist knocked the ball free from my glove. I didn’t see it coming!  To my credit, the very next inning the Kid fired another bullet to the plate and this time I held on tightly.


Not true that Raff runs the bases wearing a bonnet and carrying a ladies handbag.

Raff attributed his Charlie Hustle blow to a winter of B’Nai Brith bowling:

 I “bowled over” our intrepid author and editor, who did his best Geena Davis impression in the culmination of  A League of Their Own (in perhaps the one and only time he has ever been compared to Geena Davis!) by dropping the ball at the play at the plate.

Many of the other players were less impressed, saying Raff looked like he had pulled the “A-Rod move” from game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series.


Kid Hansen looking up at his Shot Heard ‘Round the Corners [Photo: ESPN photographer Kramer]

The smash of the day belonged to Kid Hansen, only 21 years old. Caught on camera were both Kid’s hit and score.


Was Brad behind the Machiavellian plot to kidnap the Kid?

The game was not without its controversy. One player, “No Life of” Riley, left early for a tennis match (forfeiting his place in the group photo).

In a act of skulduggery, Team A orchestrated a trade in which they acquired Hansen to replace Riley!

“Raff’s play was clean. But I do suspect Rosenbaum was behind the kidnapping.”


(l-r) Eric Davidson, Barbara Johnson (behind me) and Rick Crummins, Brighton High School 5/22/16 [Photo: Channel 8’s Abby Noble]

Deprived of our spiritual leader, Kidless, our team B went down meekly in our final at bats.

One advantage to your coming to the games is the Brighton Farmer’s Market held from 9am – 2pm at the Brighton High School.  On Sunday, Market marketing director, Susan Gardiner-Smith –who apparently had seen the game — was interviewed by Channel 8’s Abby Noble.

Also every Sunday is music. Yesterday “Rick Crummins & Friends” did the honors. The trio has performed at the Wegman’s Café in Penfield, Espanda in the Village Gate, the Little Theatre café and Tavern 135 in East Rochester.


THE PLAYERS Top row: Blake, Kid Michael Riley, Michael “Three Hundred” Raff, Steve Wehs, Zev Herzog, Michael Bobry. Bottom row: Jeff Feldman, Bradley Rosenbaum, Joe Schall, David Kramer, Neil Rogoshefsky, David Esan. Not pictured, early departing tennis player, Riley. [Photo: Scott Davis] 5/22/16


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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