A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
There’s an extraordinary obituary in the SUN today, a capsule history of 100 years in the life of Nick Mastas of Lowell. Read the obit here, and get the SUN if you want more. He was born in the back of a buggy, fought as a Ranger in WWII, and worked at the Post Office and Merrimack Mills.
Nick was a member of the former St. Peter’s Parish and the oldest living member of The Greek American Legion. He was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. The first Yankees games he attended was in 1928 at Yankee Stadium, a doubleheader against Washington on a Sunday, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were in the lineups. He loved animals, especially his dogs.
For the first decade of the Lowell Spinners existence my extended family had season tickets and we attended dozens of games every summer. But kids grew up and circumstances changed and so it had been a while since I’ve been to Lelacheur Park for a New York Penn League game. Tonight I was pleased to discover that the Spinners’ experience is as good as ever. It was “Beatles Night” and a Spinners Abbey Road T-Shirt was handed to everyone as they entered the stadium. The game was dominated by solid pitching by both the Spinners and the Yankees and the home team won in the bottom of the 9th, 2-1. Scanning through the game program, I came upon a list of one-time Spinners who made it to the majors at some time or other – there are 48 of them including current Red Sox players Kevin Youkillis, Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Jed Lowrie. I wonder if any of the current Spinners will join them.