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PHS Varsity Baseball

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 22, 2013

The Highlanders take on Bishop O’Dowd today in varsity baseball.

4:00pm at Witter Baseball. Come out and root, root, root for the home team!

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Dock Ellis, baseball pitcher dead at 63

Posted by Len Gilbert on December 22, 2008

I read about it in the NY Times and again in an AP article on SFGate. Dock Ellis died last Friday, December 19th. What everyone remembers (or reports about) is the infamous “LSD” no hitter (vs San Diego in 1970). He was much more interesting than that.

Dock Ellis 1971

Dock Ellis 1971

Ellis was part of my childhood as a Giants fan, one of those Pirates from the early 70s with Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente. The same Pirates who won the NL east in 1970, 71, 72, 74, 75, then again in 1979. Hard to not notice those Pirates. The Giants only won the NL west once, in 1971, during that same time frame. Yes, the Big Red Machine and Charlie Findlay’s mustachioed A’s were around, but the Pirates seemed so much better and more “real” than the A’s or Reds. Just read about the time Dock intentionally hit the first three Reds batters in a 1974 game.

Dock Ellis was part of that era. He was outspoken, flamboyant, and a “character” in an era full of them. It wasn’t until I was older and read Donald Hall’s “In the Country of Baseball” in his anthology Fathers Playing Catch with Sons, that I got more perspective on Dock Ellis. I highly recommend you read the essay, if not the whole book.

Dock Ellis was also memorialized in the song “Dock Ellis” on the SF Seals “Baseball Trilogy” EP, an early 90s psychedelic track, written by Barbara Manning (you can hear it on her blog).

Overall, one of baseball’s more interesting people and someone that made a difference, on and off the field.


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Piedmont Baseball Signups

Posted by Len Gilbert on November 5, 2008

Piedmont residents have priority registration for the Piedmont Baseball Foundation’s spring’s season until November 9th. Residents must register during this window to be given priority on open spots. Waitlisting will occur when any program approaches capacity. If you are interested, please take advantage of this opportunity. After the 9th, open registration begins.

For more details, visit the PBF website.

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Park Commission Meeting – Hampton Field Renovation Plan

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 25, 2007

This just in from the city email notification list:

The Park Commission is scheduled hold a public meeting on the Hampton Field Renovation Plan at their Wednesday, November 7th meeting. For more details, please see the Park Commission agenda at:


Also see the proposed plan and related documents on the Piedmont city website.

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Coaches Field Lighting – October 1st

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 22, 2007

Piedmont City Council is conducing a public hearing to consider field lighting for Coaches Field. The meeting is October 1st at 7:30pm 120 Vista Avenue.

Two options are being considered. Staff reports are available on the city website. Send written commnets to aswift@ci.piedmont.ca.us or by mail to Piedmont City Clerk, 120 Visat Avenu, Piedmont, CA.

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