Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tonight's Meeting of the New York Giants Preservation Society
Last May I wrote a journal entry reminiscing about Lou Mintz of the New York Public Library. Using the "magic" of social media his son Gary read my journal entry and want to talk to me. We did speak over the phone about Lou and NYPL when I worked there from 1983-90. Gary mentioned the New York Giants Preservation Society. I never discussed baseball in general or the Giants specifically with Lou while we were both at NYPL. Gary did put me on the mailing list for his group.
Tonight I went to the group's meeting at Bergino's Baseball Clubhouse on East 11th Street a few feet from the former home of the Metropolitan New York Library Council. I passed by Bergino's many times but tonight was the first time I came in. What a collection of memorabilia! I wish I had big bucks to buy some of the stuff in the store.
Tonight's speaker was Dan Taylor (not of WCBS-FM fame) who is a big Giant fan, television sportscaster, and author of "A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball". This man is a walking encyclopedia of baseball scouting. He wrote the book with "super scout" George Genovese. I didn't realize how intricate it is to scout a ball player and predict his success in the major leagues. I guess it is like any hiring process as you never know how an employee will work out until they actual are hired by the organization.
It was certainly a worthwhile evening. After I complete writing this journal entry, I will watch Jeopardy which Lee recorded for me on the DVR.