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William Henry Merritt

William Henry Merritt By Eileen Loucraft Back in the early days of professional baseball, Lowell produced a star catcher named William “Billy” Merritt. William Henry Merritt was born in Lowell on July 30, 1870 to William and Mary (Cleary) Merritt who were Irish immigrants. He attended Lowell schools and the College…

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Baseball by the Numbers

Baseball By The Numbers A Confession By Jerry Bisantz I admit it. I am bad at math. So, why do I love baseball so much? And, please, don’t give me all that Kevin Costner “Field Of Dreams” playing catch with your Dad poppycock. Anyone who really knows baseball knows “Bull…

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Time Lapse

Time Lapse By David Daniel I am sitting in my night class and Mr. Crutchfield, the instructor, is talking about time lapse photography and how you can manipulate an image by the amount of light you permit to enter the camera. I’m not too clear on what this means, for…

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Spinners Photo Essay

Spinners Photo Essay By Jennifer Myers This has been a tough year for baseball, particularly minor league baseball. Earlier this week, Major League Baseball announced that the entire minor league season had been cancelled. But even before the pandemic, MLB had started contracting the number of minor league teams which…

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Guilty Pleasures of the Fourth

Guilty Pleasures of the Fourth by Henri B. Marchand An essay from Henri Marchand, updated from its original 2006 version. As another Fourth of July holiday approaches the nightly cannonade of assorted firecrackers and whistling skyrockets has been steadily intensifying.  These illegal blasts and crackles usually reach a crescendo over…

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Willie

When the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, Dave Perry composed the following essay about his longstanding affection for that team and one player in particular . . . ‘Willie’ By Dave Perry – Nov 2, 2010 I dreamt of Willie Mays last night. It was the first…

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‘This Is Dalton Jones’

We dig into the archives for this story by Paul about a teammate of Tony Congiliaro’s on the 1967 Boston Red Sox. ‘This Is Dalton Jones’ By Paul Marion on June 6, 2012 Last Friday, I received a surprise call at my UMass Lowell office. I was in a meeting…

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Ruth and the Red Sox

Life is all about contingencies. In this story, legendary baseball writer Chaz Scoggins explains how a former major league player, frustrated in his effort to purchase the professional baseball team in Lowell, settled into a scouting job with the Red Sox and helped bring Babe Ruth to Boston. Ruth and…

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Still Kickin’ Dust

  Still Kickin’ Dust By David Daniel One dark night in my junior year I sat up in my bed and declared, “Since coming to college I’ve lost all interest in baseball whatsoever.” This was reported to me next morning by my roommate. I had no recollection of the incident.…

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