77 year-old retiree Gerald Beirne of Rhode Island is a long-time member of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research) and a dedicated commemorator of his blood red New England heritage. He loves the Red Sox, of course, but he also pulls hard for the Bruins of hockey, the Patriots of the NFL, the Eagles of Boston College, and just about any of the other New England universities and colleges, plus all of the individual athletes, that reach out to compete against the rest of the country and world on any level.
In other words, Gerald Beirne is a certifiable “chowder head” – when it comes to sports – and in a possibly ironic contrast to his rather catholic view of humankind’s relationships with each other as all equal members of a universally spiritual community, Beirne steps clearly into an unmistakable duality mode when it comes to athletic contests that pit New England against all others. Every last entry is a page torn straight out of the “Us and Them” songbook of the great and anciently wise Pink Floyd.
Beirne has been researching his material on New England sports history for decades and there is no doubt about the location of his heart and soul on this subject. Gerald Beirne loves New England sports, especially baseball, and so much so, that he now has produced a chowder head sports addict’s dream calendar for 2015. It is for sale right now, even as he already works feverishly upon the completion of his 2016 version.
“This Day in New England Sports History” – a 12” x 12” closed and 12” x 24” fully opened – 2015 Calendar is now available from Beirne to the general public for $19.99.
The price includes the $5.00 shipping and handling fee.
The 2015 calendar includes 365 New England Sports historical fact entries, one for each day of the upcoming year. This Red Sox entry for March 25th, for example, reads as follows:
“2008 – The defending World Champion Boston Red Sox opened the 2008 season in Tokyo, playing the Oakland Athletics. Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka was the starting pitcher. But Hideki Okajima got the win on Manny Ramirez’s 10th inning two-run double. Boston fans soon wearied of Daisuke’s ‘slower than the last day of school’ pace.”
And there is so very much more in all of these summaries. Please order your copy or copies of the calendar now – while they last!
Whether you are a GPS-located, native soil rooted New Englander, or a corporately transplanted “chowder head” sports addict, now living in some other part of the USA, simply send your check or money order today for $19.99 (no cash or credit cards please) to:
New England Calendar
c/o Fr. Gerald Beirne
25 Circuit Drive
Narragansett, RI 02882
Endorse your payment to “Fr. Gerald Beirne” and please make sure your personal check or written instructions includes a clear return mailing address.
Multiple calendar orders from the USA must include an extra payment of $19.99 for each additional calendar ordered.
Orders from Canada, due to the extra shipping costs, must include a payment of $21.99 for each calendar ordered.
As we are sure you have figured out by now, the originator of this wonderful New England sports calendar is a retired Catholic priest. His full name is Father Gerald Beirne, the unofficial Chaplain of Catholic SABR Members as the “By-the-Will-of God” Celebrant of all SABR Convention Hotel Sunday Masses on annual meeting getaway days for the past 23 years.
We know that you may find larger commercial sites on the Internet that will be able to supply you with this product in some easier payment credit card or PayPal way, but please consider giving Father Beirne your direct support for a great entertaining and useful calendar – whether you are a chowder head fan or not – because this supplier is the same one that made its very existence “a labor of love.”
Also, please buy your calendar(s) now because (1) this baby is not only informative and entertaining, it is also limited in quantities. (2) A retired priest in Rhode Island cannot afford to print a gazillion copies as a company like Hallmark or American Greetings might. If you wait too long, you could miss out, and (3) Buy it now and have one or more of your holiday season stocking stuffer gifts taken care of in advance of Halloween or Thanksgiving.
We bought two copies because, when all is said and done, and then expressed adequately in the form of a quaint old New England expression, this is one “wicked pissa” sports calendar!
Thank you for a labor of love, Father Beirne!
THE PECAN PARK EAGLE DAILY MLB 2014 BATTING CROWN EYE:
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NOTES, 9/22 AM: Now it’s Monnday morning. Yesterday, Jose Altuve had another “2 for 4″ game to raise his season batting average to .345. With a single and his 45th double of the year in yesterday’s bag, Altuve’s season hit total now rises to 220 as the Astros slam Seattle, 8-3, to take the rubber game in the three-game weekend series. In Kansas City, Victor Martinez of the Tigers had a single in three trips against the 5-2 victorious Royals to maintain his hovering position at .334. Altuve’s statistical lead has widened by a point to .011, but it remains far too early in ACT III of this little baseball melodrama for local celebrations. – Oh well! The fat lady sings in one more week!
The Eagle Eye on Jose Altuve’s pursuit of the 2014 American League and MLB batting average championships will continue daily through the balance of the season. For now, it’s a two-man race between Altuve and Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers. Should that change, so will our reporting format. – Bill McCurdy