Into the narrative Katz weaves explanations of particular features of the game and their histories—such as the invention of the curveball, the birth of professional baseball, and the development of baseball’s farm system—as well as colorful anecdotes from the players’ careers.
A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Stephen Robert Katz was born in Ware and raised in Winthrop, received law degrees from Boston University and the University of London, Stephen taught international law at the University of Wales (U.K.), and then became a practicing attorney in Boston. He had a 26-year career with the United Nations, serving in Vienna (Austria) and New York, as well as in the former Yugoslavia, where he was the head legal adviser to the UN’s peacekeeping mission during the war in the Balkan region. He and his wife reside in New York City
The story of Quaboag sachem Hendrick Kequoaquau and his request for a settlement with the Massachusetts Bay government for lands he claimed were taken from him without payment of the “native right”. The third and last claim was restricted only to land known as Hardwick. Mr. Don Duffy, teacher and author, spoke of the Lamb and Company’s attempt after King Philip’s War to secure an Indian deed for land they called Wombemesiscook. After years of inaction, a newly reconstituted Lamb and Company bumbled their way in pursuing settlement of the land in the deed which eventually resulted in the settlement of Palmer, eastern Ware, West Warren , and Hardwick.
Mr. Duffy continues to study and is now concentrating on the location of the Bay Path over Bald Peak in Monson and the connection to the main route from Pocumtuck (Deerfield ) through the Quabbin to Wickabaog and the Quaboags.
Sophie came to show us her incredibly good manners and to inspire the good folks who have animals and want to learn from Jackie Easter how to create a relationship which benefits both human and pet.