Mike Franceschi, May 2017

Mike played in Metro division since its creation, and for several years before that in the "Tuesday league". He always wore his hair long and sported a flowing beard, reflecting the scholar he was off the softball field. He was a dedicated competitor and friend to all. He loved to play and to chat.

 

Marco Di Giovine, December 2016

Marco lost his battle with cancer on the morning of Saturday December, 10 at the age of 56. He was a member of EMASS for a short two years and played on 5 EMASS teams in the American (Medical Miracles/North), Pacific (Silver Sox/Turn-2), and Atlantic (Blast). He also subbed on the Baystate "A Team".

Marco played for the 50/60+ AA EMASS Deep Purple team, helping them to win the Northeast Regional Championships in 2015. He is the winner of the special 2016 EMASS Courage award and was consistently nominated as the MVP on his teams. In 2016, Marco was on the roster of the EMASS 50/60 AA team in the Rhode Island 2016 Ocean State Classic. Although he was not well enough to play in the tournament, the team dedicated each game to him, shouting his name just before the "Play Ball." He was also remembered before and after each game his former team, Deep Purple, played in 2016. Deep Purple presented Marco with plaques and medallions from their three tournament victories and a medallion commemorating their 2nd place in the 2016 60+AAA LVSSA/SSUSAvWORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

His teammates tell stories of his strength and speed on both defense in left field and at the plate. Marco would often score from first on a single although it was rare for him to be on first since he routinely hit deep to right for Doubles, Triples, and Home Runs. But he will be remembered most for his kindness and quiet simplicity. His infectious smile often was enough to propel his teams to victory. Even in the throes of the final stages of cancer, when asked to pinch run or sit Marco would always simply smile and reply "Whatever you want coach."

Marco is survived by his father, brothers, wife, and twin children. It is a tribute to the impact of Marco's short time in the league that even out of season, his wake and funeral were well attended by teammates from around New England, many of whom toasted him following the wake. May his memory be eternal.

 

Rich Chesmore, May 2016

Rich Chesmore passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the age of 69, from complications from Parkinson's Disease. As Jim Thompson so eloquently remembers, "Rich never wanted or even knew how to give up; whether playing softball with us or those rare occasions when he showed up for basketball in Newton. He definitely must have been one terrific competitor in his prime and will always be remembered for that great smile, even when he might have fallen down swinging or had trouble on the court. He simply knew and understood that it is much more important to try, no matter what the outcome. We all learned (a lot) from him.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Chambers, September 2015

Long-time Bay State and EMASS player/manager Paul Chambers has passed. He was a class act. Kind, friendly and always ready to help. Generous to a fault, a real gentleman. Always ready with a funny story or comment.

 

Al Goldstein, August 2015

Al Goldstein passed away on August 2, 2015. He played in EMASS from 2002 until his retirement in 2013, at age 83. Al was a hard-hitting outfielder in the Metro Division (and the old "Tuesday league") and played on several Cape Classic teams, with the 70s and 75s. He was a charter member of the "Albermarle Batting Academy" a dedicated group of players who meet every Sunday morning in Newton for b.p. and endless chatter about the game we all love so dearly. Al never stopped trying to improve his performance on the field and he was a great supporter of EMASS, recruiting several players, including Cal Bastian and Bob Billage. Above all Al Goldstein was always a fine teammate and a loyal friend.

Dick Scales, November 2014

November 6th, 2014 SCALES, Richard L. Of Braintree, formerly of Westwood, passed away after a brief illness November 6, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen P. (Moclaire) Scales. Loving father of Richard M. of Braintree, William D. of Jamaica Plain, Kathleen M. and her husband David Lefcourt of Westwood, Sarah E. of Milton, Ryan R. and Kerri L. of Brooklyn, NY, Margaret J. of Falls Church, VA, and James W. of St. Louis, MO. Grandfather of Sean T. Scales and Moclaire J. Lefcourt. Loving Brother of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Stowers and her husband Joseph of Pocasset, Robert H. Scales Jr. and his wife Lilly of Arlington, and the late John T. Scales and his wife Susan of Westwood. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A 1956 graduate of Milton High School, Richard went on to study accounting and worked for the family business, R.H. Scales Company, for over 50 years. Richard lived in Westwood for 35 years, where he and his late wife raised their family. An athlete at heart, he continued to play competitive sports late in life. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St. (off Route 109) WESTWOOD, on Monday, Nov. 10th from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning, Nov. 11th at 10am in St. Margaret Mary Church, Westwood. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute - private, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02215 or to The Home for Little Wanderers - private, Development Department, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135, www.thehome.org

 

Daniel Langdale, September 2014

September 28th, 2014 -- Dan was a long-term player and team manager with EMASS. A wonderful, gentle man, who always maintained his cool, and made sure that all the players on his team did likewise.

The Dan Langdale Memorial Financial Aid and Scholarship Fund http://reganyouthleague.org/

 

Bernie Toothaker, May 2014

Bernie was a player in several EMASS divisions and founding manager in the Metro Division. Great sense of humor. Self-effacing style. Proud commitment to EMASS both before and throughout his illness. Bernie will be greatly missed by many who knew him.

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Foster, October, 2013

Kenneth J. Foster passed away on Oct. 22, 2013 at age 77. Ken had been an applied research physicist for a Massachusetts defense contractor. He was active in sports throughout his life and in later years he managed the team “Boys of Summer” in EMASS’ Atlantic Division. In addition, Ken was very active in the charity  ‘Christmas in the City.’ Members of EMASS were frequent volunteers at its yearly event.

Richard Lynch, October, 2011

Richard Lynch died on October 29, 2011 at the age of 77. Richard was a veteran of the US army and worked as a truck driver for Coan Oil Company for 40 years. He played softball in the EMASS Atlantic Division, showing great courage and spirit in spite of the physical limitations imposed by the illness he struggled with.

 

Gavin Clowe, November, 2009

Gavin Clowe of Lexington, died Nov. 1, 2009 at the age of 63. He graduated from MIT in 1969 and was a member of the MIT soccer team. After retiring in 2000, he competed in table tennis tournaments across the Northeast and coached Lexington Little League. Gavin played in both the National and Atlantic Divisions of EMASS and was named Sportsman of the Year in 2009.