No sports? Talker has you covered. (Part IV, Conclusion: college and high school baseball, basketball and football; amateur baseball, football and softball)

No sports? Talker has you covered. (Part IV, Conclusion: college and high school baseball, basketball and football; amateur baseball, football and softball)

Yellowjacket football player (unnamed) in the lobby of the Robert Goergen Athletic Center, University of Rochester [Photo: David Kramer] From As the University of Rochester’s Fauver Stadium moves forward, its rich football tradition lives on

In recent days, we’ve learned of a spate of sports cancellations and postponements: NCAA basketball tournaments, the NBA, the NHL, the MSL and MLB spring training.

The only good news is that the XFL also cancelled its regular season. As seen in Waiting for the XFL to be the Ex-XFL, this spring football league is a blight on the sports calendar

Feb 8, 2020 (left) Bob Page, at Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Avenue; (far right) Non-spectators at the inauguration of the XFL at Jeremiah’s. From Waiting for the XFL to be the Ex-XFL

Initially — mercifully for its misbegotten fans —  Sunday’s game in Seattle was scheduled to be played without spectators. Given the paltry attendance at many XFL games, an empty stadium would be little different. Apparently, the XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021. Don’t bother.

With live sports on the sidelines, now is the time to relive Talker sports-blasts-from-the past. Today, we conclude, time traveling to the University of Rochester’s Fauver and Havens Fields, Brighton’s Reifsteck Field, the baseball fields of the RCAC, Monroe High School, East High School and Buckland Park.

SEE Part I: No sports? Talker has you covered (Part I, Major and Minor League baseball)

SEE Part II: No sports? Talker has you covered (Part II, the Bills, the Jills and love triangles)

SEE Part II: No sports? Talker has you covered. (Part III, Sports Less Traveled)



The University of Rochester’s John Ghyzel follows in the footsteps of Tom Havens ’91 (Madison Muskies, 1992)

My first live pitch of the season

Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory



Remembering one of two NBA firsts in Rochester: the 24 second shot clock. And why it was bad.

Rooting for the Rams and remembering St. Patrick’s Day, 1989



As the University of Rochester’s Fauver Stadium moves forward, its rich football tradition lives on

At Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame avenges 1961 defeat to Syracuse six days after JFK was assassinated

Racism on the Gridiron: Protest and Tear Gas at Syracuse University

Remembering when the Bowls ruled and Dye’s tie for the ages



RCAC baseball is just around the corner




Jamming and Slamming at East



Congratulations Barons on a magical season.


“Team Eagle” set to open a new field of dreams at East. Roland Williams ’93 drops by for final summer tune up.

On the boards and in the field, Wildcats continue to defeat Barons

First snap of the season and three years of Monroe football on Alexander Street

Happy Homecoming by Jason Muhammad

Varsity football returning to Monroe after 30 year hiatus. And when Bob Matthews covered the 1970 championship season

East’s Coach Brigandi proved the value of sports extends beyond the playing fields


“Don’t go soft, play hardball!” The Rochester Men’s Adult Baseball League needs a few good men.


New Team in Town: Roc City Steelers debut at Buckland Park

Encore for the Roc City Steelers at Buckland Park

Adding Yeshiva football to the Cobb’s Hill series


Brighton Town Councilmember Robin Wilt pitches in at the Game at the Corners



Rochester’s own street ball Rucker League

Back to normalcy at Cobb’s Hill basketball

Adding the very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts, 9:07 a.m., to the Cobb’s Hill series

Just like the NBA at Somerton Park

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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