Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade, Railers opener + more, Oct. 8-14

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Sunday, Oct. 8 — Worcester Columbus Day Parade, 12:30 p.m., Shrewsbury Street [starts at Aitchison Street, ends at Washington Square]  In fourteen-hundred ninety-two, Columbus rolled up in the Woo. Then he heard about the dual tax rate and made a beeline for the Bahamas! That’s how it goes, right?! While the famous explorer’s legacy becomes ever-more embroiled in controversy, Columbus Day lives on as a day to celebrate Italian-American heritage.

Casey Stengel and Worcester’s Baseball Hall of Fame connections

The most enduring name connecting Worcester to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is turn-of-the-century star Jesse Burkett, a two-time .400 hitter with a .338 career batting average whose namesake Little League on the city’s West Side became a part of hardball history itself by advancing to the 2002 Little League World Series.

Burkett, who married the former Ellen G. McGrath after his first season in Worcester and settled in the city until his death in 1953 — less than two weeks before the devastating Worcester Tornado killed 94 and injured more than 1,000 — is not alone on the Worcester-to-Cooperstown ledger.

Wikimedia Commons / The Sporting News / Charles M. Conlon

Jesse Burkett was a coach for the New York Giants in the early 1920s.

Indeed, there are three other enshrined stars whose careers brought them to Worcester — more on two of them and other luminaries later — but the most endearing and unforgettable character to share the lineage is the indefatigable and incomparable Casey Stengel, manager of the Mickey Mantle-era New York Yankees.

If you didn’t remember — or ever know — that the irrepressible Stengel’s famed managerial career got its start in Worcester, and included a complicated transaction that would live in baseball lore, you can surely be forgiven.

As the Hall of Fame inducts its newest class today, it seems a fitting time to take a dusty and mostly monochromatic trip down memory lane through the early days of Burkett, Stengel and baseball in Worcester.

Last week’s most popular, July 2-8

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles July 2-8

Mariano: Choose your words carefully; obscene, crude language is bad enough without making it worse. She’s always been a hustler: The Soofi family story
Access Denied: Mounting opposition buries pipeline plans
Editorial: A week’s worth of fireworks in Worcester
New mandatory minimum sentence would target tricks of drug trafficking trade
Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester

Last week’s most popular, June 25-July 1

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles June 25-July 1

Mariano: Which City Council candidate in District 5 has the advantage? In Worcester, battle for pedicab supremacy is afoot
Nothing usual about The Chameleon opening on Shrewsbury Street
Songs in the key of healing: Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies offers hope
Altea’s Eatery offers brunch lovers an everyday entree to France
Meet Worcester’s clinical trial pioneers

Last week’s most popular, June 18-24

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles June 18-24

Nothing usual about The Chameleon opening on Shrewsbury Street
Mariano: Thought police take over the Citizen Advisory Council
Editorial: Leadership fails test over candidate’s Turtleboy tie
Worcester 2.0: An outsider’s inside look at the city’s developing future
For George’s Bakery, bread is where the heart is
No child’s play: Simon Says Give Worcester chapter packs a serious charitable punch

Worcester 2.0: An outsider’s inside look at the city’s developing future

In Istanbul, I was drowned in the city and its events, while in Worcester I have to dig in to reach them. In Istanbul, a machine of 15 million, I always felt disposable and replaceable. In Worcester, I feel more significant. … But where do people of color and/or lower income stand within this revitalizing/renewing Worcester? How much are they incorporated into this transformation? What are their roles?

Last week’s most popular, May 14-20

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles May 14-20

Mariano: It is time to start talking about and planning for the closing of more churches
Survival training: One woman’s story of perseverance
Free to read: On the road to big things, with singer Dezi Garcia
Sina-cism: Fighting what never was to create what never can be
Valentino’s has ambitious plans for heart of Shrewsbury Street
Mandell: Closing the book on Jane Week in Worcester

 

Last week’s most popular, May 6-13

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles May 6-13

Contractor license suspended, Jay Pelletz still leaving customers in lurch
Altea’s Eatery offers brunch lovers an everyday entree to France
Mariano: A champion for women and girls
Valentino’s has ambitious plans for heart of Shrewsbury Street
Inbox [May 7]: News and notes from Holy Cross, Dept. of Higher Education, Holy Name, St. Peter-Marian, Music Worcester, Worcester Public Schools
Boys & Girls Club has Worcester Police on the run