Niagara Gazette


August 23, 2013

A few notes from the Niagara sports desk...


Niagara Gazette — My thanks (and apologies) to anyone I may have inadvertently missed.

Last but not least, thanks to my boss, publisher Pete Mio, for once again agreeing to sponsor this event.

Here’s looking forward to many more years of a fine tradition in a town that still loves its baseball.

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I also want to take this time to address how we handle tryout and team registration announcements. Of course, we traditionally run such announcements on Mondays but lately we’ve been getting quite a few last-minute requests for postings one or two days after getting those messages.

I’ve allowed it for a couple of occasions, but I need to put that grace period to an end. As of now we’re sticking to keeping those announcements to Mondays.

For one thing, that space set aside on Mondays is one I can count on. On any other given day, advertising needs often affect what I can place and what needs to be left out.

In addition, if I allow it for this program, a rival program complains I’m giving special treatment. I don’t play favorites but that can create such a perception. Sorry folks, but sticking to Mondays will save a lot of hard feelings among other programs and save me a lot of aspirins.

By the way, if you fax in your announcement, remember the updated fax number for sports is 693-0124. 

Thanks everyone for understanding!

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One more “thank you” I need to give is one to a complete stranger.

Arriving on my desk earlier this week was a very well-preserved copy of the Niagara Gazette from June 24, 1973. 

Among the headlines was the Jamestown Falcons’ victory over the Niagara Falls Pirates in the season opener of the New York Penn League, a photo of then graduating LaSalle High School ballplayer Jack Weber, who was drafted that year by the Texas Rangers, and news that Niagara Falls would host the 1974 United States Midget National Amateur Hockey Association Tournament.

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