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On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, six members of the Al Thomas baseball Club participated in the Yawkey League All Star Game at Fenway Park. Greg Lovely, Brian Powers, Chris Malloy, Joe O'Hara (manager), Aidan Powers and George Grant (coach) helped secure a victory for the Tarpey Conference. Aidan Powers started the game and struck out 5 guys out of 6 in his 2 innings of work.
The Al Thomas Club recently held its Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet at the Neighborhood Club in Quincy. Over 100 people attended the event, which included awards for the 2003 season and the induction of three players into the team's Hall of Fame. Mike Hannon, Andy McDonnell and Steve Ryan were the honored inductees, and each was welcomed into the Hall by Master of Ceremonies Joe O'Hara, who also serves as team manager, equipment manager, General Manager, Player personnel director, scouting manager, overseas scouting director, recruiting manager, team scribe, event planner, database manager, Public Relations director, labor negotiator, team spokesman, payroll clerk, quality control manager, tour guide and babysitter. Mike Niland won the highly contested Rookie of the Year race, closely followed by runners up Pat McGann and Peter Moores. John "Peak" Russell took home the Unsung Hero Award. Retired pitcher Mike Feehily captured the Riley Rocket Nostalgic Award, while Julio Sanchez was honored with the Triple Threat Award. Outfielder Steve Sherman earned the "Baseball is Timing" award, and grizzly veteran Larry Fennelly won the Miscellaneous award for the way he buckles down and gets the job done. Three fans were presented Fan of the Year awards: Mike & Lee Aylward, Jen Loonie and Gerry Anglin. We are always grateful for the undying devotion and support of our fans and friends.
The Al Thomas Club of Milton is looking to touch up its roster by recruiting players from the South Shore. Sponsored by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home in Milton, the club is looking to add young players from the Milton/Quincy area and beyond. While the team is focusing on this area, recruiting is not strictly limited to these boundaries. The A's are willing to look at anyone who shares the team's passion for the game, as well as a commitment to the team and its tradition. Anyone interested in trying out for the team can email manager Joe O'Hara at email@example.com or call 617-376-7191.
The annual Over-The-Hill Golf Tournament was held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at President's Golf Course in Quincy. Over sixty golfers, consisting of current and former players, as well as friends and relatives, enjoyed the beautiful 70-degree day of sunshine and slices. After the day of golf, all participants enjoyed a steak dinner and a plethora of adult beverages in the clubhouse, as well as the customary array of friendly insults and jeering. Pictures and award winners for the day will be added to this page shortly. To be placed on the Golf mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Thomas Club Runs Winning Streak to 6 The Al Thomas A’s have vaulted back into playoff contention in the Tarpey Division of the Yawkey Amateur Baseball League. The Milton entry in the league, the Athletics have won 6 games in a row and have finally begun to show signs of fulfilling preseason potential. In sharp contrast to previous years, the A’s entered the 2003 season with only one player on the roster above the age of 30. This youth movement has caused many opposing squads to take the team lightly, thinking that it would take a few years to rebuild such a powerful baseball machine. “The rest of the league saw so many guys retiring that it figured we wouldn’t be good again for a while,” confessed newly elected team captain Ed Barrow. “But we have a great bunch of guys and a young, but solid nucleus. We’ve started to surprise some opponents already.” Barrow emphasized the grittiness and desire of some of the younger players, combined with the savvy and experience of the veterans. “I think a lot of this team’s makeup involves commitment. When these guys see Mr. Al Thomas taking time out of his insanely busy schedule to attend nearly every game, then they realize that the dedication and passion starts at the top, and it just trickles down from there.” The unbeaten streak began with a 5-4 victory over the McKay Club on June 26. Larry Fennelly, freshly recruited out of retirement (due to a season-ending injury to Sean Wilshere) drove in Peter Moores with the eventual winning run in the bottom of the 6th inning. John Wilson allowed 4 unearned runs, while mowing down the last 15 batters of the game, 8 via the strikeout. Moores and Greg Fitzgerald led the offense with 2 hits apiece, while Steve Sherman blasted a 2-run homer in the first inning. On June 30, the team cruised to a 7-0 win over South End. Peter Hoy tossed a 4-hit shutout with 7 k’s, while Andrew Doyle led the attack with a double and two singles. The highlight of the game was the triumphant return to action of manager Joe O’Hara, who was pressed into duty for the first time in 5 years. “Chief” promptly laced run-scoring singles in two of his three at bats, calling for oxygen each time he reached first base. Mark Daly turned in several sparkling plays at second base to hold down the “D”. On July 1st, Comcast brought their crews to Healy Field to tape televise the game against 12-1 West Roxbury. The game was as advertised, as the teams battled to a scoreless tie through the regulation 7 innings. West Roxbury loaded the bases with 1 out in the 7th, but a botched squeeze play and a strikeout ended the threat. Aidan Powers was masterful for the A’s, pitching 8 innings of 5-hit shutout ball, with 13 strikeouts. In the bottom of the 8th, Mike Niland’s bases-loaded single drove in Brian Powers with the winning run. Niland led the quiet offense with 3 hits.