Niagara Gazette


December 30, 2013

Base Paths: Retiring the side known as 2013


Niagara Gazette — Fielding Plays – If all goes well, Niagara Falls High will move onto a weather-resistant baseball field this spring and should be very popular. Meantime, Sal Maglie Stadium, with its clogged drainage and unplugged lights, remains iffy as a site.

Ho Ho Ho – As 50-mph gales raked Niagara County Community College’s softball field, an infielder’s hat blew off her head and into the hands of the centerfielder.

Home Sweet Home – Jamestown and Batavia, the last vestiges of the lower minors in this part of the country, will stay put for at least one more New York-Pennsylvania League season. However, it seems at least 50-50 that the Jammers, who once played as the Niagara Falls Rapids, will head for Morgantown, WV, in 2015 – that’ll expand the NY-P’s reach to eight states. Five more and they can call it the Colonial league.

Called Up — Stan Musial, age 92. Earl Weaver, age 82. Umpire Richie Phillips, age 72. So different, yet so equally adept at their crafts.

Play well and don’t get hurt.

Doug Smith offers his takes on local ball with Base Paths, which runs every Monday during local baseball season and occasionally in the offseason. Contact him at

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