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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

With Bob Cousy, Pedro Martinez And More In Attendance, Worcester Red Sox Open Polar Park

Bob Cousy was told to remember two lines, but the 75-year Worcester resident had a lot more to say.

“I’m Bob Cousy, as you’ve just been told,” he informed the crowd at Polar Park in Worcester’s Canal District on Tuesday, gathered for the inaugural Worcester Red Sox home game as they took on the Syracuse Mets.

The crowd roared.

“You’re being nice,” Cousy quipped. “If my name is even fairly familiar to any of you, that probably means you’re receiving your social security check.”

villageidiom Posted: May 11, 2021 at 10:41 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aaa, bob cousy, mets, minor leagues, minors, new stadium, pedro martinez, polar park, red sox, syracuse mets, worcester, worcester red sox

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 11, 2021 at 11:38 PM (#6018484)
Me: "Bob Cousy has to be a lot older than 75."

Wiki: "He's 92."

Me: "Oh it says he's resided in Worcester for 75 years."

bb-ref: "Could be. He went to Holy Cross which is in Worcester then played all those years with the Celtics though he probably lived in Boston during the season."

bb-ref, not shutting up: "But did you know he was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks who survive today as the Atlanta Hawks? He was traded to the Chicago Stags a month later. Alas the Stags folded and he was taken by the Celtics in the dispersal draft."

Me: "I did not."

Me to BBTF: "Guess which cities made up the Tri-Cities. #3 might surprise you." Or not, there aren't many options.
   2. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 12, 2021 at 08:13 AM (#6018498)
Cooz and Gil Santos were the Celtic broadcast team of my youth.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: May 12, 2021 at 08:30 AM (#6018500)
"Guess which cities made up the Tri-Cities. #3 might surprise you." Or not, there aren't many options.


When did Bettendorf get the call to the big leagues?

   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 09:16 AM (#6018507)
I've never looked at aerial images of Iowa closely. It really is disgusting. What the #### is with all the squares? Is there any cogent layout of the road numbers? I see 290 street at the southern edge of the state, go north and the number go down, then start getting higher again. WTF? WHY? Do all those roads to nothing get plowed in the winter? So many questions...
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 12, 2021 at 09:49 AM (#6018508)
What the #### is with all the squares?


If you're looking at a map, those are counties (I don't know why the state laid them out in that block pattern). If you're looking at actual images, I'm sure those are county roads. In the rural Midwest, county roads tend to be remarkably straight east-west or north-south, given the absence of many natural impediments (mountains, lakes, etc.)

I see 290 street at the southern edge of the state, go north and the number go down, then start getting higher again. WTF?


Probably county roads.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 09:50 AM (#6018509)
Iowa was split up into 99 equal-sized squares, IIRC.
   7. villageidiom Posted: May 12, 2021 at 10:57 AM (#6018518)
They got 99 counties and Norwich ain't one.
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 11:08 AM (#6018525)
Thisis what I am talking about. Just squares within squares. I am just amazed at how many miles of roads were built (and maintained pretty well by the looks of them)!
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: May 12, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6018542)
Thisis what I am talking about. Just squares within squares. I am just amazed at how many miles of roads were built (and maintained pretty well by the looks of them)!



Those are county roads. They build them straight because that makes the most sense as they've got nothing in the way.

They tend to have farms on them.
   10. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 12, 2021 at 12:29 PM (#6018546)
Me to BBTF: "Guess which cities made up the Tri-Cities. #3 might surprise you." Or not, there aren't many options.


Moline, Davenport, and Rock City?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: May 12, 2021 at 12:55 PM (#6018547)
Moline, Davenport, and Rock City?


So close. Rock Island made up the pre-Bettendorf-included Tri-Cities.

Rock City is where you can see seven states.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 12, 2021 at 12:59 PM (#6018550)
Me to BBTF: "Guess which cities made up the Tri-Cities. #3 might surprise you." Or not, there aren't many options.

In an early year of Cousy's career, there were teams named the Nationals, the Redskins, the Capitals, and the Bullets. Although most fans either then or later associated those names with DC teams, only the Capitals were located in Washington.

The rest were the Syracuse Nationals (or Nats), the Sheboygan Redskins, and the Baltimore Bullets.
   13. Nasty Nate Posted: May 12, 2021 at 01:24 PM (#6018560)
I've read this thread twice now. What is the connection between Worcester or Bob Cousy and ... Iowa?
   14. jmurph Posted: May 12, 2021 at 01:30 PM (#6018563)
I've read this thread twice now. What is the connection between Worcester or Bob Cousy and ... Iowa?

As usual blame Walt!
   15. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 12, 2021 at 01:44 PM (#6018565)
I've read this thread twice now. What is the connection between Worcester or Bob Cousy and ... Iowa?


Cooz played his college ball at Holy Cross which is located in Worcester. When he turned pro he was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. One of the "Tri-Cities" in question was Davenport, IA.
   16. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 01:52 PM (#6018569)

Thisis what I am talking about. Just squares within squares. I am just amazed at how many miles of roads were built


I'm guessing you're not from the Midwest, because in school we spent a lot of time learning about the Northwest Ordinance and the Township and Range system.
   17. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: May 12, 2021 at 03:41 PM (#6018597)
Not the Midwest but one morning I decided to look up the street names where I live and only then found out what was up with all of the crooked streets in town.

That survey was conducted the following year by Salisbury Haley, the only person to apply for the job.


Link to survey history story

Legend has it he used chains tied with rawhide that would shrink or swell depending on the weather / time of day.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: May 13, 2021 at 12:28 AM (#6018664)
As usual blame Walt!

First ever Iowa hijack in BBTF history?
   19. Rally Posted: May 14, 2021 at 09:29 AM (#6018819)
Me: "Bob Cousy has to be a lot older than 75."

Wiki: "He's 92."

Me: "Oh it says he's resided in Worcester for 75 years."


Had the same reaction. The old ballplayers who were still active when I was a kid, like Neikro, Perry, Kaat, and Yaz, were born over 80 years ago. And Cousy was retired when they were in the early stages of their baseball careers.
   20. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 14, 2021 at 06:52 PM (#6018891)
I guess they had to have at least one commissioner of the old American Soccer League on hand...
   21. I Knew A Guy Who Knew A Guy Who Knew Rey Ordonez Posted: May 15, 2021 at 12:44 PM (#6018933)
First ever Iowa hijack in BBTF history?


As a Holy Cross alum who lived in Iowa for a decade, I have no idea how I'm supposed to feel right now.

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