Jim Kane and George Benoit recently took a cruise with their wives. Itâs a perfect example of lifetime friendships between two high school sports rivals. George and Jim were high school seniors in 1964 and both played basketball for their schools, rivals Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern, respectively; Chris DâAmato was a standout baseball at Bristol Eastern and now his son, Matt, is playing for the school. Iâm sure Chris is thinking, âWhere did the time go?â:
I inadvertently mentioned Hank Lodgeâs son as being Chris and as the president of the Forestville Little League. Itâs Hankâs son, Scott, who is the president; Has anyone seen the recent photo on Facebook of Ritch Marino, former mayor Fifth Street here, dressed as Elvis in Florida?: I saw the popular Ronnie Davis the other day, and I assume heâs awaiting the tennis season to start up; A shout out to Joan Pelkey. Why? Because sheâs a great lady.
Rewind 1999 (20 years ago)
Firefighters from headquarters on North Main Street have been working outdoors and sprucing the area up, much to the delight of Captain Fran Murphy, who, before being transferred to Forestville a year or two ago, saw that this type of work was properly done at the downtown location when he was there. âMurph,â as he referred to, recently called Captain Dana Jandreau at headquarters to say that the boys downtown were, âDoing a good job.â
Those involved in sprucing up and planting in the area were Bill Sutter, Tom Benvenuto, Paul âI never saw a basketball shot I didnât like and took them allâ Maghini, Mark Redman, Paul Moderacki and Bob Wentland.
Hen Coop Alley
According to âStreetscape,â a booklet on the origin of the names of Bristolâs streets/roadways written by Bob Adamczyk, Lincoln Avenue in Forestville, established in 1833, was once known as Hen Coop Alley. It was later named after our 16th president as were Lincoln Place and Lincoln Street.
I mentioned Edâs name here recently and after doing so, he emailed me to say I spelled his last name incorrectly. It should be as shown here.
And being âEddie the Encyclopedia,â he shared some trivia with me and it has a Bristol connection. Ed writes:
âBefore and during World War One, there was a big left hand pitcher by the name of James âHippoâ Vaughn who is best remembered for the game he lost. On May 2, 1917 he was pitching in Crosley Field against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched three hitless innings. His opponent Fred Toney pitched 10 hitless innings. With one out Red Sox shortstop Larry Kopf hit a single, breaking up a double no-hitter. Hal Chase then reached on a two-base error. The Carlisle Indian James Thorpe beat out a bunt for the one run of the game.â
Interesting to note if readers didnât pick this up, some consider Jim Thorpe as the best all-around athlete ever and Larry Kopf was a native of Bristol, one of five from here having played big league baseball.
Special Olympics photo - 1985
Wednesdayâs photo with this column was that of Bristol Special Olympics Committee members of 1985 and with it I asked if readers were able to recognize any of them by name. Vern Koch called and gave me some names.
Top rows, from left, are Ruth Jannings, third from left, Vern, fourth from right; Ella Maratzki, to the right of Vern; Carol Carpenter and then Ellen Zoppo on the far right.
Middle row - Lois Koch is on the very right with Nancy Denehy next to her. Bottom - Gerry Carpenter is on the very right with Ed Ludzow next to him. Tim Gamache and Tom Boisvert also helped with the names.
Dave reached the 50 gallon plateau giving blood this past Thursday. More to come on Dave.
Contact Bob Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-973-1808.