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Sports Beat
 July 18, 2007

Sports Beat by Bill McCaffrey

One of the great people ever in DC area business is Lou Glickford founder of Marlo Furniture and his story is contained in a great book "A Born Merchant" ­ The Success Story of Lou Glickfield and Marlo Furniture by Mary Grace Gallagher.

I met Lou in 1950 when the new football coach at Theodore Roosevelt high school in DC Lou Chacos replaced Pete Labukas who went into the service.  Lou had played at Central High School with the great Jimmy Pantos, Terry Gregory, Frannie Gleason, and Jim Panor.  Later he played for Car Credit backed by one of DC's Runyon's characters "Snags" Lewis and some of his teammates were the great Andy Davis, Harry Dodge, and Dave Pruckert.

I know he won't remember me but this book published by Gray Point Press is a great one about Glickfield, his family, wife Marilyn and how generous he's been over the years.  John Linthicum told me how he paid to send Pantos to the Mayo clinic.  Emmett Lanier told me how he took care of many, many people.  This is a great book and I hope you find a copy of it.  It tells how hard work and determination pays off.  A great story about a great man and his story of life from New York City to DC to success in life and business.


The Diego Corrales benefit event scheduled for July 26th has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for later this fall host Jimmy Lange announced today.

"We had a great deal of interest from local fans wishing to support us, however, there were an equal number of people who wanted to attend but were unable to do so because of previously-scheduled summer plans," Lange said.  "So we've decided to postpone our event until later this fall. We hope to announce a new date in the immediate future."

Music at Killarney House

Summer Concert Series Continues:
Brendan's voyage Monday July 30th 8:00 - 11:00
In Dining Room tickets only $8.00 (All Shows)

Atlantic Bridge
Monday August 27th

The McTeggarts
Monday Sept. 17th (Halfway to St. Pats)

Live Music at Killarney House
Fridays And Saturday In Pub 8:30 ­ 12:00

Fri July 20th:  Scott Ross
Sat July 21st:  Angie Miller

Fri July 27th:  Matt Mc Conville
Sat July 28th:  Dan Hart

Mon. July 30th:  Brendan's Voyage performs on stage in dinning room from 8:00 to 11:00 tickets only $8.00
Fri Aug 3rd:  Mark Desrochers
Sat Aug 4th:  Matt McConville
Fri Aug 10th: T.B.A.
Sat Aug 11th:  Brendan Pelan
Fri Aug 17th:  Justin Ryan
Sat Aug 18th:  Angie Miller

Big Train Spilt Doubleheader

First Game
The Big Train drew to within one game of the first place Baltimore Orioles when they won the first game of tonight's doubleheader 5-4 in ten innings.   The Orioles got on the board early in the top of the first inning.  Shortstop Chris Jackson led off the game with a single and later came in to score from third on an RBI groundout off the bat of first baseman Justin Bour.   In the top of the second inning, the Orioles tacked on another run.  Left fielder Chris Henderson led off the inning with a double into the left-center field gap.  Catcher Jordan Kopycinski then drove him in with a single into left to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.   In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Big Train came back with two runs of their own.  First baseman Jon Karcich (Santa Clara) got on base with a one-out single into left field before designated hitter Chance Harst (Southern Mississippi) hit an opposite field home run over the right field wall to tie the game at two. Bour regained the lead for the Orioles in the top of the sixth inning with a solo shot to left, his third home run of the season.   The Big Train came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie up the game.  Harst led off with a double.  Right fielder Andrew Foster (Bowling Green) then was hit by a pitch and left fielder Clay Whittemore (Jacksonville State) reached on an error to load the bases with no outs.  Later in the inning, with the Big Train down to their final out, third baseman Chris Duffy (Central Florida) drew a walk to force in Harst and send the game into extra innings.    After two scoreless innings, the Orioles broke the tie in the top of the tenth.  Third baseman Alex Bucholtz doubled to start the inning.  Designated hitter Joe Velleggia then drove him in with an RBI single. The Big Train came from behind once again to score two runs and win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning.  Leading off, Duffy doubled off the right field wall.  Second baseman Bert Smith (Jacksonville State) then moved the tying run into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt down the first base line.  Shortstop Steven Leach (Jacksonville State ) singled to tie the game at four.  Later in the inning, right fielder Eli Boike (Michigan State) hit a walk-off single into right field to win the game.

Second Game
Attempting to draw even with the Orioles in the standings, the Big Train lost the second game 4-1 to split the doubleheader.   Once again, the Orioles got on the board in the top of the first inning.  Catcher Joe Velleggia and first baseman Justin Bour both walked before third baseman Alex Bucholtz drove in Velleggia with an RBI single. The Big Train came back with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  An RBI triple by shortstop Steven Leach scored second baseman Bert Smith who had singled to start the inning.   The third inning was a big one for the Orioles.  Designated hitter Jordan Kopycinski, shortstop Chris Jackson, left fielder Steven Bumbry, and Bour all had hits as the Orioles scored three runs to make the score 4-1.   The bullpen pitched very well for the Big Train in the second game.  Derek Caldwell (Rider) and Evan Frederickson (Virginia Tech) combined to pitch two and two-thirds hitless innings, striking out four.

Game Notes
Tonight the Big Train welcomed Screech, the mascot of the Washington Nationals.  The big Train would also like to thank the Hometowne USA Barbershop Chorus for their rendition of the National Anthem and other baseball songs.  Tonight's games' sponsors were White Flint and the Trawick Foundation.  The Carl M. Freeman Foundation Non-Profits of the night were the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Life skills Workshop, and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.  The Big Train's next home game will be on Tuesday, July 17th when they face the Herndon Braves.  Tonight's combined attendance was 921.

First Game Orioles    110 001 000 1  491 Big Train  000 200 100 2  571

Second Game Orioles    130 000 0  451 Big Train 100 000 0  150

Do your own tour:
The stars - and schedules - align later this month for another six-pack tour of Orioles minor league teams, plus an Orioles game.
July 28 // Orioles vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Go to
July 29 // Frederick Keys vs. Winston-Salem Warthogs, 6 p.m. Go to
July 30 // Bluefield Orioles vs. Johnson City Cardinals, 7 p.m. Go to
July 31 // Bowie Baysox vs. Portland Sea Dogs, 7:05 p.m. Go to
Aug. 1 // Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Kannapolis Intimidators, 7:05 p.m. Go to
Aug. 2 // Norfolk Tides vs. Louisville Bats, 7:15 p.m. Go to
Aug. 3 // Aberdeen IronBirds vs. Vermont Lake Monsters, 7:05 p.m. Go to


Thanks to these organizations for their generous support of Big Train baseball for the 2007 season: Chevy Chase Bank, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Grossberg CPAs, Hopkins & Porter, Ledo Pizza, Miller & Long Co., Ourisman Automotive, and Sandy Spring Builders.


2007 will be the third season of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. The Herndon Braves will join the league in 2007, bringing the total to seven teams: Bethesda Big Train, College Park Maryland Bombers, Herndon Braves, Maryland Redbirds, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, and Youse's Maryland Orioles. The teams play a 42-game regular season that will start on Friday, June 8 with the Maryland Orioles visiting the Big Train at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda . Playoffs will begin July 31. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League has a license agreement with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the use of the name Cal Ripken, Sr. and is not affiliated with nor sponsored by the Foundation or Ripken Baseball. For information, please log onto


Team W/L GB Orioles 20-9 --- Big Train 19-12 2 T'Bolts 14-13 5 Express 13-13 5.5 Braves 14-15 6 Bombers 12-16 7.5 Redbirds 7-21 12.5


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Coleman, USA Women's Basketball Team Set for Pan Am Games
Women's basketball tournament begins July 20

After spending more than a week in Washington , D.C. , practicing, Maryland 's Marissa Coleman and the USA Women's Basketball Pan American team departed for Rio de Janeiro , Brazil , on Monday afternoon for the 2007 Pan American Games. The women's basketball team begins its hunt for a gold medal on Friday, July 20. A rising junior, Marissa Coleman will be looking to win the third gold medal of her career with USA Basketball. She won gold at the FIBA U19 World Championship and the International Sports Invitational in 2005, and also claimed gold at the 2004 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Coleman, a two-time All-ACC performer at Maryland, helped the 2006-07 Terrapins reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year, posting a 28-6 record, the team's third-straight 20-win season. Coleman was the team's second leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Placed in Group B, the United States tips off the Pan American Games against Columbia on July 20. It faces Argentina on July 21 and Cuba , who won the 2003 Games, on July 22. The semifinals are scheduled for Monday, July 23 and the medals will be decided on Tuesday, July 24. Group A includes host country Brazil , Canada , Jamaica and Mexico . The Games began in 1955 and have been contested every four years, except for 1995. In the history of the event, the U.S. has placed no lower than third, winning gold six times. The Americans captured the silver medal four times and the bronze twice. For more information on the USA Basketball Pan American team, visit For information on the 2007 Pan American Games, log onto


Attention!! Anacostia Alumni Reunion (Classes of 1939-1950).  A three day get together will be held in Ocean City , Maryland October 7,8, and 9th at the Dunes Manor Hotel (1-800-523-2888).  The event includes Crab Feast Banquet Dinner and Tuesday Breakfast.  For more information contact Lorraine B. Schnaeble, coordinator at 301-743-7113 or Beverly Richard Edwards (Treasurer) at 703-356-2034.  Make reservations ASAP due to limited seating.   Thanks to Buddy Suraci for the book ³Answered Prayers².   I am glad to see that the Governor is listening to Senators Roy Dyson and ³Mac: Middleton, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Delegate John Bohanon, Senate President Mike Miller and St. Mary¹s Today publisher Ken Rossingnol on bringing commuter rail to Southern Maryland.  Also he has promised Delegate Dave Rudolph to bring MARC to Elkton in Cecil County .   I hope the Governor has told the MTA, MDOT planners of his wishes because I have heard of some negative vibes there.   I see ex-Terps Joe Smith has signed with the Chicago Bullets (his 7th NBA team).  Did the Wiz try to sign him?  I understand another ex-Terp Steve Francis is signing with Houston .   Rex Snider is doing a super job for WNST radio.   MASN has some of the worse baseball analysts in all of baseball.   Good to see Jim White back as Port Director.  Is the airport due for a change?   Don¹t invite Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds to the same party.   One of the great pitchers of my time was Virgil ³Fire² Trucks and he has a great book out ³Throwing Heat:The Life and Times of Virgil ³Fire² Trucks, you can get an autographed copy by sending $24.95 to Mr. Virgil Trucks, 1016 Waterford Trail, Calera, AL 35040. (Thanks to Emmett Lanier for sending me information on Trucks and Bobby Doerr).   I was sorry to see Dan Patrick is leaving ESPN.  He and Jim Rome are two of my favorites.   The Baltimore Sun confirmed what I had heard that Mark Teixeira was a clubhouse lawyer.  Also that the Yankees and Angels were the leading candidates for is future services and not the Orioles.   I am looking for a copy of the book ³Good and Glorious Physician² by Taylor Caldwell, let me know if you know where I can get one, contact me at


³Pro-Am² August 3rd 8²00 p.m. at Rosecroft Raceway, promoter Gene Molovinsky, Keystone Boxing. ³Pro-Am², August 23rd, 8:00 p.m. at Ocean City Convention Center , promoter Jake Smith, Baltimore Pro Boxing.   The Orioles had won three straight coming into this week, the three came over the Chicago White Sox, a team that look and plays terrible.  Their manager Ozzie Gillen might be one of the dumbist in all of baseball.   What local football player was known as the ³Water Buffalo² and what local football player scored 40 TD¹s in 40 games for Salisbury State ?   Any State governments buying Valario, Petro and Citgo gas and oil?  We¹ll have more on this coming up.   Some notes on Virgil Trucks ­ He struck out 1534, won 177 games had an ERA of 3.39, 30 saves and 124 complete games during his career with Detroit , St. Louis , Chicago , Kansas City, and New York Yankees in 17 years.  Not bad huh?  Get his book it¹s a great one.   I am also looking for a copy of ³Seasons in Hell² by Mike Shropshire if you can help contact me at   You know what I miss about baseball ­ regular hot dogs, I want no more jumbo dogs, but give me the beef barbecue sold at old Griffith Stadium, the man selling peanuts in front of the stadium, holiday double-headers, and Sunday doubleheaders.   Atlanta beat the DC Divas 14-7 in the first round of the leagues playoffs.   In the WNBA All-Star game at Abe Pollin¹s Pleasure Palace the East beat the West 103-99.   I wonder where Martha Thomas, Gene Wallace, Billy Crabbe, and Jean Beitzell are today?   It¹s not true as far as I know that ³Downtown Brown² was peddling around Bowie on a three wheel tricycle.   Hey how about the recent poll showing 29% approve of President Bush and only 26% approve of Congress, what does that tell you?


Bill, I just wanted you to know that I have been keeping you in my prayers.  I know (according to Denny Donaldson) that you are feeling better.  Please stat that way.  If you need anything please give me a shout. Mary Conroy

Bill, Great to see you back in action! Rick Rosen

Bill, I just got word that Stu Levine passed away.  He had a graveside ceremony at the Verein Cemetery on McBride Avenue in West Paterson , NJ this Sunday at 2:45 p.m.  Thanks Henry

Henry, My deepest sympathy goes to the family. Bill

Bill, Next Sunday, July 22nd, will be the "grand opening" of my son Daniel Sawyer and his wife Teresa's new church that has been forming for several weeks.  It is located in Winter Garden, Florida and is called " Third Day Church ."  They have been meeting at Daniel's home but the group is just growing too large to meet there. Please remember them in prayer, and their children Nathan 4, Ethan 3 and Esther Noelle, 1. Especially this week, for God's will and plans for this new little church group forming out of huge mega churches in the Orlando ,  Florida area. They have desired a closer connection to each other and to God which sometimes, not always tho, gets lost in the grandness of mega churches today. Blessings and love to all, Dale

ps: you may send any congratulatory cards, letters or prayer wishes for them, etc. to my address and I will see that they get them as I hope to be among the congregation next Sunday along with my son Bob and grandson Robert. Dale

Bill, It is so good to be getting the column back and knowing your up and about ~ what a trooper you are.  I will have to get Donnie to set up another lunch date and you can catch us up on your little J setback.  Take to you later. JoAnn Atkins

Bill, Glad to see your column back on the 5th Uncle Bill.  Keep pushing and if you need anything please let me know, see you soon. Bill Schneider

--- wrote:
Dear Bill,   You are in our prayers every day.  We pray that you are gradually getting your strength back through re-hab & other things that you are probably having to do. I have been asking EHS Alumni how to get in touch with you.  Today, while searching Richard Beaseley's dc-fifties web site I found McCaffrey's World. Your life has affected the lives of many people throughout the years.  May God richly bless you for all of the many things that you have done in the lives of other's.  God blessed you by giving you the ability to communicate with all kinds of people & you have been used in many ways.  We feel richly blessed by having the opportunity to have had contact with you. We thank you for all of the help that you have done for our son, Lt. Ron Nordan. We were just notified that Danny Wallingsford EHS 54 died suddenly; the autopsy is being done in Baltimore ,  MD.   Please be in prayer for Danny's family. There should be an article in the Washington Post. He & his wife attended the 2006 EHS Reunion. Please drop us a line or have your daughter let us know how you are progressing. God Bless. We love you, Jo Ann & Clarence Nordan


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