RCAC baseball is just around the corner

RCAC baseball is just around the corner

Monroe High School, Alexander Street, 3/9/20 [Photos: David Kramer]

This afternoon at Monroe High School, I spotted my first city baseball practice. In tee-shirts on this 63 degree day, the Red Jackets benefit from practicing on artificial turf and in a vibrant urban setting. By comparison, the Cobb’s Hill field — where Monroe and The School of the Arts play — was waterlogged.

Nonetheless, although undoubtedly more snow will fall, city baseball is just around the corner.

Monroe High School, Alexander Street, 3/9/20 [Photos: David Kramer]

We’ve covered Rochester City Athletic Conference baseball since 2013 (SEE BELOW) and this year will be no exception. Last season — as is often the case — the East High School Eagles (13 – 7) were the cream of the crop, beating Leadership Academy 5-4 in the sectionals before losing to Pittsford Sutherland.

This season does open on a sad note. As seen in Farewell, Johnny Antonelli (April 12, 1930 – February 28, 2020). From Cobb’s Hill to the World Series, Rochester high school baseball lost its greatest player, Johnny Antonelli, Jefferson High School.


The RCAC is back at Cobb’s Hill (where Johnny Antonelli struck out 20)

East baseball continues its storied tradition


Keeping score at Cobb’s Hill

Adding a SOTA baseball game and the Air Horn guy to the Cobb’s Hill series

New Press Box scoreboard keeper coveteth a coveted microphone


East falls just short. And views from the press box

No longer undefeated, East bounces back nicely

Eagles (8-0) win East Tournament; pizza for all

East beats Lyons to stay unbeaten; Crandall retrieves balls and sweeps home plate

Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

Joel Alicea throws second straight no-hitter; three generations celebrate at East

Excitement grows on Culver Road as East wins third straight. Bishop Kearney is next.

Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.


City baseball opens. Defending champion East’s Coach Crandall previews season. And Cruz Control is back.

East baseball takes the show on the road. Destination Cincinnati

East’s sun still shining

A coach who cares. And wondering if East won


SOTA’s Kenny Cruz awaits call from the big leagues. Bill Pucko “borrows” Talker’s nickname: Cruz Control


City baseball opens; East set to defend title

The Kenny Cruz watch: highest ranked outfielder in NYS, 22nd in the nation

East baseball triumphs again; SOTA’s Kenny Cruz named RCAC player of the year

“Rochester Promise” kept: Wilson’s Owen Gabbey, three time RCAC player of the year, gains scholarship to the University of Rochester

SOTA’s Kenny “Cruz Control:” from a Silverhawk to a Scarlet Knight


Wilson’s Owen Gabbey; two time baseball player of the year whose family believes in city schools

No off season for SOTA’s rising baseball star. Oh, Kenny also currently has the highest GPA in the entire RCSD.


East baseball takes the show on the road. Destination Pittsburgh

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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