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Jeff Williams laments the decline of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) for over three decades. He has a strong appreciation for the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) which has been a breeding ground for younger players.
"We lost a lot when our senior program died," he said.
The BBA was in turmoil and not producing quality players as it once did, years before the Andre Rodgers Diamond was torn down in 2006. That act though was like the nail in the coffin. The BBA never caught itself and now appears to be an organization in name only. Despite it all though, even a sports hard-liner like Williams readily admits there is much richness to the baseball history in this country to be proud of. Of course, the coming on stream of the BBF at the same time the BBA was slipping badly, helped greatly to cement the baseball legacy in the nation.
Williams proudly points to the many professionals developed, nurtured and refined by the BBA. There was in fact that storied period of the BBA. There was much to celebrate about during the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s. That was a period when The Bahamas was churning out professional baseball players faster than the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Andre Rodgers started it all in 1954 when he signed a contract with the New York Giants organization. He would go up to the major leagues to stay in 1957, until 1967. Behind him came some 47 more professionals. Five of them followed him into the majors -- Tony Curry, Wenty Ford, Ed Armbrister, Will Culmer, and just last season, Antoan Richardson reached the elite circle.
The others that got into the professional mix include the following: Vincent Ferguson, Edmondo Moxey, Lionel Rodgers, George Weech, Randy Rolle, Adrian Rodgers, Vince Albury, Hugh Bethel, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Simeon Humes, Eugene Thompson, Frankie Sands, Jayson Moxey, Fred Smith, Roy Bethel, Randy Rodgers, Roosevelt Turner, Fred Taylor, Colin Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Sidney Outten, Kendal Munroe, Pat Ingraham, Shad Rolle, Douggie Smith, Randy Thompson, David "Billy" Mycklewhite, Louis McQuay, Creswell Pratt, Andre Wood, Jackie Wright, Ken Adderley, Jervis Stuart, Winston Seymour, Angelo Burrows, Jammal Johnson, Albert Cartwright, Geron Sands, Greg Burrows, Neil Forsythe and Sean Albury.
That's a nice list, but many of us who have followed the game here, some from the very beginning and the others, are convinced the number would have been larger had the BBA not gone into a funk. Nevertheless, there is the BBF. Presently the BBF provides these numbers:
Professional rank - Richardson, Cartwright, Albury, and including American-born Trayce Thompson, the son of Bahamian basketball great Mychal Thompson.
Present high school/college players in United States - Desmond Russell, Ali Knowles, Dale Davis, Steve Curtis, Lynden Pindling, Byron Ferguson Jr., Byron Murray, Anfernee Seymour, Stephen Russell Jr., Alex Roberts, Ramon Grant, Geren Albury, Tameko Williamson, Anthony Russell, Chad Burrows, Daniel Johnson Jr., Marvin McQueen, Harkeem Cooper, Perez Knowles, D'Juan Seymour, Trae Sweeting, Morgan Souder, Travis Strachan, Ian Fox, Alex Martinborough, Arien Seymour, Lance Edwards, Leighton Gibson, Rodney Forbes, Lyndale Morley, Javon Davis, Keanu Thompson, Todd Isaacs, Ashton Pratt, Dino Sweeting, Jerome Jones, Chachard Laing, Rio Russell, Devin Simmons, Gerrio Rahming, Tevin Symonette, Lucius Fox, A.J. Romer, Henry Thompson, Andrew Pindling, Zach Thurman, Ashton Butler, Arthur Rolle, Seberon Morley, Nick Ferguson, Tramaine Roker, Giles Chisholm, D'wight Rahming, Shannon Johnson, Brandon Taylor, Justin Sweeting, Myron Johnson, Pedro Dean, Kyle Parks, Michael Treco, Cameron Richardson, George Ratliffe and Yokito Pinder.
That's a nice group of young diamond performers. Two years ago, the Freedom Farm 12-and-under squad won the Cal Ripken World Series crown. Williams admits that the country's baseball future is looking bright. The BBF environment certainly is a healthy one.
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The Bahamas - Bahamian engineers designed the unique waste water system in
George Town, Exuma that is a pilot project for Small Island Developing States
around the world.
project is designed to treat the waste from the yachts that frequent Exuma and
prevent the fouling up of the harbour. Without any other options they
just dump their sewage in the harbour," said Ambrose Johnson, engineer from
Engineering and Technical Services...
Felicia Burns graduates College of Saint Benedict
Felicia Burns, daughter of Valerie and Dexter Burns of Nassau, Bahamas, participated in the commencement ceremony at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) on May 11, in the Haehn Campus Center/Clemens Field House on the CSB campus, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Burns is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts degree in French and chemistry.
Denise DeVaan '75, senior consultant with ICF International, delivered the keynote address during the 98th annual commencement at CSB. Alivia Tison, senior Hispanic studies major from Des Moines, Iowa, was the student commencement speaker selected by this year's senior class.
The 2013 CSB graduating class included 514 undergraduate women. When combined with Saint John's University's 409 undergraduate men, this year's combined undergraduate graduating class totaled 923.
Lauren Sands graduates George Mason University
Lauren Lynden Lascelles Sands, the son of Robert 'Sandy' Sands and Michelle Pindling Sands of Nassau, Bahamas, participated in the commencement ceremony at George Mason University in Virginia. Sands received a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.
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Today's column continues to highlight that special decade of baseball in The Bahamas, the 1970s. The "best-of-the-best" performed for local fans. The senior league of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) was arguably the most attractive sports entity at the time. Basketball was certainly quite popular and cricket still had a solid connection to many Bahamians.
Baseball at the Andre Rodgers stadium during the 1970s, however, was something extra special. The satellite era was not upon us fully and the fans flocked to night and weekend games. Being in attendance was a great experience. Luminaries, present day stars and icons like Andre Rodgers, Tony Curry, and the energetic All-History president George Mackey, afforded all and sundry a bit of interaction.
It was a great, big family affair, baseball at the Rodgers stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. The high point was the performance of the top players. There were many great ones for sure.
The All-Bahamian Team of 1978 was a case in point. The team included the first team for all of the positions plus the designated hitter. One could make a case easily for seven of the 10 being on a Bahamian Baseball All-History Team. The pitcher was Bertie Murray (All-History); Lorenzo "Doonie" Lockhart at second base (All-History); Roosevelt "Bruso" Turner at third base (All-History); Jayson "Peg" Moxey, Fred "Papa" Smith and Eddie Ford in the outfield (three All-History players); Simeon Humes was the designated batter (All-History).
Bertie happens only to be the most durable, yet talented pitcher in the history of baseball in The Bahamas. Who would argue about Lockhart's place in history? Asa Ferguson always called Lockhart "Captain Blood". He was indeed bloodthirsty when he went up to bat. Because his hitting was so potent, there was a tendency to underestimate his play at second and his running on the base paths. He was not as stylish as others, but he got the job done efficiently.
Turner was flash. He was pizzazz and extremely good. At short and third he was a high quality infielder. He was steady at the plate and packed surprising power, as his home-run totals for a few seasons of his long career indicated. Moxey was a slightly larger version in the Turner mold. His forte was the outfield. In 1978, he was the manager of the Holsten Knights and won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, impressively handling double duties.
Smith and Ford were all, of the very same ilk. They all played professional baseball. They hit for average and power. They were great thinkers when quick decisions were necessary on the diamond. However for them, mostly the game came automatically. They had so mastered the art. If I had to choose between the three All-History performers in the outfield, I would give Ford the edge. I haven't seen any better, inclusive of the long list of major league greats.
They just had the big stage. Humes did it all, like Moxey, Ford, and Smith and with the added designated hitter position, he was a no-brainer. He's All-History most definitely.
Peter Bethel, the long, rangy infielder who could hit the ball with the best of them, for average and power, could be an All-History choice. He was the 1978 All-Bahamian at first base. Catching was Charles Mackey who enjoyed a very good season with the St. Michael's ball club. Kenny Fox was at short on the 1978 All-Bahamian team.
What made the decade of the 1970s so great was the fact that at least three All-Bahamian Teams could have been selected and there would have been little argument about the players named. On the mound, Vincent Strachan or Eugene Taylor could easily have been selected for the 1978 squad. Spurgeon Johnson had a great season behind the plate and Sidney Outten, even with a not so awesome bat, was superb enough as a receiver.
In the infield, players like Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Anthony 'Poker' Huyler, Harry Miller, Fred Taylor, and Jerome Moxey would have been good fits for the All-Bahamian team of 1978. So would Dick Lockhart, John Williams, Dencil Clarke and a few others, in the outfield. Such was the available talent during the 1970s. The year 1978 was a prime example. Jayson Moxey was the MVP. Huyler was 'Manager of the Year'. Murray was selected 'Pitcher of the Year' and a young hurler named Arthur 'Baldy' Seymour was 'Rookie of the Year'.
The year 1978 was indeed, a very good one.
Milestone baseball information provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams.To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many downtown stores took a major hit during one of the busiest shopping days of the year, when a power cut struck which lasted throughout most of the day on Christmas Eve.
Stores on the north side of Bay Street, from Charlotte Street heading east to Parliament Square, were understood to have been affected by the loss of electrical power as Bay Street thronged with local and visiting shoppers looking to make last minute purchases. Some retailers were unable to open at all, while others were forced to suffer sales losses.
Sarah Hug, owner of Sarah's Secrets in the Prince George Plaza, said she could not begin to put into words how upset she was at the situation.
"People don't want to come in because it's too hot, and we have had to call in every (credit/debit card) charge; people are getting frustrated and walking away." Hug did not want to speculate on how much business she may have lost as a result of the power cut, as the day was not yet over and she remained "optimistic".
Gevon Moss, executive administrator of the downtown advocacy organization, the Downtown Nassau Partnership, said he began receiving calls about the outages from concerned store operators early on Christmas Eve.
He was informed by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) that the power went out on Monday evening, but technicians were unable to reach the source of the problem as it was in a private area.
"Some of the work they couldn't get started on until the property owners arrived. We've been in touch and they said they are working diligently to get it resolved," said Moss.
Guardian Business understands that a number of stores which had electronic shutters covering their shop fronts were unable to open at all throughout the day. Among the larger businesses affected by the outage were the Cosmetics Boutique, owned by John Bull, and Athena Cafe.
In a statement from BEC, the corporation said crews confirmed they were able to gain access to the problem area just before the start of the business day on Tuesday morning, after learning of the outage around 9.15 p.m. on Monday night.
At around 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, crews were still working in the area and BEC said it expected the power supply to be restored by Tuesday evening.
"The corporation offers its sincere apologies to those businesses and shoppers impacted by the outage in the Bay and Charlotte Street area and assure them that it is working speedily to have the supply restored.
"BEC assures its customers in New Providence and the Family Islands that it is fully committed to providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to its customers during this holiday season as throughout the year."
- Genre : Comedy, Family
- Rating : TBC - To Be Classified
The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum....