Longtime New York Mets lefty closer John Franco was the guest of honor Dec. 6 at the third annual Italian American Baseball Foundation dinner at Carmine & Sons, Williamsburg.
Msgr. McClancy H.S. graduate Anthony Iapoce was recently named the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs. The 45-year-old spent the past three seasons as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.
Father James Devlin, pastor emeritus of Good Shepherd parish, Marine Park, can still recall his memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers defeating the mighty New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy’s Recess Choir sang the National Anthem at Citi Field prior to David Wright’s final game in a New York Mets uniform on Sept. 29.
Former Christ the King H.S., Middle Village, girls’ basketball legend Sue Bird was part of the Seattle Storm team that won this year’s WNBA championship, a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics.
In the first episode, I happened to recognize a familiar name on a player’s jersey: “Cajuste.” Local CHSFL fans surely remember the name of former Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, standout Devon Cajuste, who played his college football at Stanford University, Calif., and spent time in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers and as a member of the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad.
Christ the King H.S., Middle Village, enjoyed a “King-sized” surprise on Sept. 4 when Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James visited the school.
Jaylen Palmer, who recently graduated from Holy Cross H.S., has begun his professional baseball career with the New York Mets. Of all the 30 teams that could have selected him in the MLB draft, it wound up being the franchise located just 5.4 miles from his high school.
I have one general rule when it comes to writing this weekly sports column: When Auxiliary Bishop Ray Chappetto speaks, you listen.
Tom Hackimer, a graduate of Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, who played his college baseball at St. John’s University, Jamaica, continues to pursue his dream of playing Major League Baseball.