How do we strengthen the relationships between fathers and sons? An organization founded by Larry Wilmore, husband of 28 years, Seattle resident and father of two sons is the founder of Fathers and Sons Together (FAST). FAST is a 501©3 non-profit organization designed to strengthen this relationship through various activities, events, and programs. On Saturday, July 21st, 2018 they will host a AMAZING Baseball Camp with Baseball Beyond Borders, Seattle Mariner Dee Gordon and his dad Flash Gordon along with Seattle Mariner Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Brian Hunter. The lesson theme: Integrity
Rainier Beach High School Baseball Field
|10 – 2pm | 8815 Seward Park Ave S.
Seattle WA 98118
Fun, high-energy learning experience with a highlight Father/Son baseball activities and games Lunch provided
Lesson: Integrity A strong Father/Son relationship is based on integrity
For more information and registration: www.FASTFathersAndSonsTogether.org
David Fredrick Mann, the youngest of ten children, was born in Dalton, Georgia, on February 16, 1933 to the union of King Solomon and Mary Mann located at 603 Spring Street. After attending first through eighth grades at Emery Street School in Dalton, David moved to Detroit, Michigan, to live with his brother, John “Snook” Mann. He finished his high school education at Miller High School in Detroit and soon after attended Wayne State University. In 1953, David had the privilege of being the first Sepia athlete to sign a professional baseball contract out of the State of Michigan. Adding to this historic fact, two black Daltonians, he and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson, were the first and only athletes to play pro baseball from Dalton,Georgia. David played professional baseball for 13 years with the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians organizations. David holds the distinction of playing with and being the roommate of Satchel Paige, when they played for the Miami Marlins in 1960.
Another prominent memory for Dave happened in 1963 when he became the first black baseball player to play for the then Atlanta Crackers of the International League. In 1962, the year of the World’s Fair in Seattle, David moved out west to play baseball. He, along with Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrimski and Earl Wilson, came from the Minneapolis Millers, a Triple A Club of the Boston Red Sox organization, to play for the Seattle Rainiers. David played with the Rainiers for three years before retiring in 1965. David fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and made Seattle his home. After retiring from baseball, Dave worked for Nordstrom. He was the first African American male model to be featured in the Nordstrom catalogs. His recognition and achievements in the black community were important, but David was even more passionate about the growth of mankind. He was an ambassador for equal rights and the struggle that brought all of us together.
In the early 70’s, David found an outlet to speak his truths from a black athlete’s point of view. He became the sports editor for The Facts Newspaper, a weekly publication with a focus on the black community in the Pacific Northwest. He wrote Mann’s Bits & Pieces, a newspaper column that was published weekly for over 40 years. David was also a photographer (Mann’s Photography) capturing the memories and moments of a lifetime. David was a man of habit. Healthy living was his obsession. He worked out relentlessly. After baseball, Dave played tennis, skied, and lifted weights. A true man’s Mann, David had three heart attacks on the racquetball court. But his love was golfing. For David, it was more than chasing rabbits and squirrels….it was about the individuals and people he met .
David found a family in Fir State Golf Club. He was very active in building and supporting Fir State. David was instrumental in creating opportunities for youth with the Fir State junior program. If there was ever a need, David was the first to extend his monetary funds and, more importantly, his time and effort. David’s brotherhood and bond with the members of Fir State still continues. David touched everyone he came across. He was a true gentleman in every way. On May 14, 2018 at the Golden Age of 85, David Fredrick Mann left 3rd Base and ran for Home. He will never be forgotten in our minds and will always be remembered within our hearts.
Golf Outing – 10:30 AM
Celebration Of Life Memorial – 5:00 PM
Golf outing open to all , followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE AFTER GOLF OUTING in banquet room of West Seattle Golf Course at 5 PM for a memorial to David Mann upon completion of golfing .
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Stevens Pass Mountain Resort wrapped up another successful season Sunday, April 22 with skier visits up slightly over last year’s record season and notching the highest skier visit total ever recorded at the resort.
Stevens Pass has received slightly above normal snowfall, with 552 inches of total snow at mid-mountain and 468 inches in the base area this season. The snowiest storm cycle occurred February 14 through February 28 when it snowed nearly every day and the resort recorded 80 inches of snow.
“Despite being a relatively average year for snowfall, ski and snowboard visits at Stevens Pass continued to grow,” said VP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Danforth. “We believe much of this growth can be attributed to the Pacific Northwest’s growing interest in winter sports and our industry-leading learning programs.”
The resort kicked off the record-breaking season on November 16 with the third earliest opening in its 80-year history. While November and December snowfall was relatively normal, January delivered a healthy 132 inches of snow for the month and February saw 102 inches. The heavy mid-winter snowfall set up the resort for late-season success. While skier visitation was strong all season, March was a record-breaking month with visitation up 22 percent over last year and 47 percent over the five-year average. April also performed well with visitation up 18 percent over the same period last year and 38 percent up over the five-year average.
“While much of the Western United States, notably Colorado, Utah and California, saw below normal snowfall, the Pacific Northwest was once again blessed with dependable snow,” said President and CEO, Karl Kapuscinski. “Our guests were able to enjoy the best skiing conditions in the country, right in their own backyard.”
The resort will re-open for summer operations on June 22, conditions permitting. This will be the seventh full season of operations for the Stevens Pass Bike Park. In addition to mountain biking, Stevens Pass offers a number of additional mountain activities for guests to enjoy, including hiking trails, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf and many events throughout the summer.
About Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Stevens Pass is located 78 miles east of Seattle on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range and offers both winter and summer recreation. Stevens averages 460 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 52 named runs plus numerous bowls, glades and faces. During the summer, guests can enjoy lift-accessed downhill mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf and world-class hiking. The resort provides a variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Normal winter operations run from late November to late April. Summer operations typically run from late June to early October. Stevens Pass is a proud partner in recreation with the U.S. Forest Service.
Brown, who attended Grant Union High School and later California State University in Sacramento, appeared in 64 games during his career. Used primarily as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, he came up to the plate 70 times, collected 15 hits, including three doubles, scored 11 runs and drove in another two.
So why is the 69-year-old being left out in the cold?
Brown and 640 other retirees do not receive MLB pensions because of a change in the vesting requirements that occurred over the 1980 Memorial Day Weekend. The union was offered the opportunity to give its members the following deal: one game day of service credit to buy into the league’s umbrella health insurance plan, and 43 game days of service for a pension, which is currently worth as much as $220,000.
The problem for these pre-1980 players was that the union forgot to request retroactive coverage for all the men like Brown who, after hanging up his spikes, drove a FedEx truck for nearly three decades and worked for a construction company, according to biographer Rory Costello, of the Society of American Baseball Research.
In April 2011, the league and union tried to remedy the problem by giving men like Brown $625 for each 43 game days of service they accrued on an active MLB roster, up to $10,000. But when the man passes, the payment passes with him.
So none of Mr. Brown’s loved ones, such as his wife, Deana, or either of his two children – son Channing or daughter Deonne — will receive that payment when he dies. These men are also not eligible to buy into the league’s umbrella health insurance plan.
You’d think the suits who run the national pastime would be above this sort of thing. After all, the league recently announced that its revenue was up 325 percent from 1992, and that it has made $500 million since 2015. What’s more, the average value of each of the 30 clubs is up 19 percent from 2016, to $1.54 billion.
But even though Forbes recently reported that the current players’ pension and welfare fund is valued at $2.7 billion, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark has never commented about these non-vested retirees, many of whom are filing for bankruptcy at advanced ages, having banks foreclose on their homes and are so sickly and poor that they cannot afford adequate health care coverage.
Unions are supposed to help hard working women and men in this country get a fair shake in life. But the so-called MLBPA labor leader doesn’t seem to want to help anyone but himself — Clark receives a MLB pension AND an annual salary of more than $2.1 million, including benefits, for being the head of the union.
In my opinion, Brown and all the other men are being shortchanged by a sport that can afford to do more for them. Just increase the bone that is being thrown these men to $10,000 a year. Are MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Clark suggesting they can’t afford to pay these men more? Given the economics of the sport, $6.41 million is chump change.
It’s about time Manfred and Clark did the right thing.
Douglas J. Gladstone (@GLADSTONEWRITER) is the author of “A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB & the Players’ Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve.” His website is www.gladstonewriter.com.
Reynolds may be the co-host of MLB Network’s Hot Stove, and he may have earned a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality / Studio Analyst in 2013, but he apparently doesn’t have the stones to go to bat for his older brother — one of the 645 men who played in “The Show” who isn’t receiving a pension from Major League Baseball (MLB).
Donald Edward Reynolds was a football star at Corvallis High the year the team won the 3A State Championship. He later attended the University of Oregon and was inducted into its Athletic HOF in 1993.
But he also played parts of two seasons for the Padres, in 1978 and 1979.
Reynolds and 644 other men don’t receive MLB pensions because they didn’t accrue four years of service, which is what you needed before 1980. However, in order to avert a threatened players strike during the 1980 Memorial Day weekend, the union representing the players, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), accepted a proposal from the league in which the vesting requirements were lowered to one game day of service credit for health care, and 43 game days of service credit for a pension.
Regrettably for Mr. Reynolds and the other men, the union didn’t request that this change be made retroactive.
Thirty-one years later, in April 2011, the league and the union partially remedied the situation. The non-vested retirees were awarded $625 per quarter for every 43 game days of service they accrued on an active roster, up to $10,000, for their service credit. And that’s before taxes are taken out.
However, these days, the maximum pension a vested retiree can earn is $220,000.
And while vested retirees get to pass their pensions on to a loved one, spouse or designated beneficiary, the non-vested players don’t.
Harold Reynolds, who also attended Corvallis High but was born in Eugene, has never publicly commented or taken a stance about whether the pre-1980 players such as his brother should get real pensions from the organization that pays his salary.
To date, the union representing the current players, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), has been loathe to divvy up anymore of the collective pie. Even though Forbes recently reported that the current players’ pension and welfare fund is valued at $2.7 billion, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark— the first former player ever to hold that position — has never commented about these non-vested retirees, many of whom are filing for bankruptcy at advanced ages, having banks foreclose on their homes and are so sickly and poor that they cannot afford adequate health care coverage.
Unions are supposed to help the hard working women and men in this country get a fair shake in life. But the so-called executive director of the MLBPA doesn’t seem to want to help anyone but himself — Clark receives a MLB pension AND an annual salary of more than $2.1 million, including benefits, for being the head of the union.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Douglas J. Gladstone authored the 2010 book, “A Bitter Cup of Cofee; How MLB & The Players’ Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve.” His website is www.gladstonewriter.com
Representatives from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF) joined Cascade Bicycle Club and the Major Taylor Project today for the delivery of new bicycles at Chief Leschi School in Puyallup.
The new bikes were purchased through a $20,000 emergency response grant from ECF after 31 others were stolen from a Tacoma storage site last September as they awaited transport to Chief Leschi. The bikes were part of Cascade’s Major Taylor Project, an after-school youth development program operating in several middle and high schools across Tacoma and Seattle.
The ECF is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Boeing ECF grants enable Health & Human Service agencies to purchase much-needed equipment, renovate their facilities and build new construction that directly benefit their clients.
“The employees of Boeing Puget Sound are excited to help these kids get back on their bikes,” said Kimberly Marler, an ECF trustee. “Boeing employees are committed to helping our neighbors, and ECF was able to respond quickly. This is a great example of the tremendous impact thousands of Boeing Puget Sound employees can have by pulling together to help our community.”
ECF representatives joined Cascade staff and students to help unload the new bikes and commemorate the start of the Major Taylor Project spring ride club at Chief Leschi. The school is one of 17 middle and high schools where the Major Taylor Project empowers teens from diverse communities. In MTP after-school clubs, students establish healthy habits, build relationships, gain confidence and discover their ability to affect positive change. The program serves more than 500 students annually.
Major Taylor Project Manager Rich Brown said “we’re really grateful for how the community came together to support these students.” He continued “the gift of these new bikes is confirmation that this program matters. These students are so ready to get out there and ride and accomplish their goals.”
To learn more about the Major Taylor Project, visit cascade.org/mtp.
BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist
With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right:
Before You Launch:
Engine Outdrives and Outboards:
Engines and Fuel Systems:
For the Dock:
A downloadable PDF version of this Spring Commissioning Checklist is available at: www.BoatUS.com/spring-boat-
By:DOUGLAS J. GLADSTONE
“Bernie” Smith back in the day
Former New York Met minor league prospect Calvin Bernard “Bernie” Smith, who played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970 and 1971, and who later guided the team’s Single A Danville Warriors affiliate to the Midwest League Finals in 1973, is among the 644 retired major leaguers being hosed out of pensions by the league and the players’ association.
Because they are not vested, all these men have been getting since 2011 are non-qualified retirement payments of $625 per quarter, up to 16 quarters, or a maximum payment of $10,000.
Meanwhile, the maximum IRS pension limit is $220,000. Even the minimum pension for a retired ballplayer who played after 1980 is $34,000.
The men are in this position because of a rule change that occurred during an averted strike in May 1980. The players’ union accepted an offer to make eligibility for health coverage for all players only one game day, and 43 game days for a monthly benefit.
Unfortunately, the union didn’t attempt to retroactively include the men like Smith.
Born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Mr. Smith turns 77 in September. He and future Hall of Famer Lou Brock were teammates at the predominantly all African American Southern University in 1960.
As a rookie outfielder for the 1970 Brewers, Smith appeared in 44 games, came up to bat 76 times and collected 21 hits, including one home run.
Neither the league nor the union want to retroactively restore these men into pension coverage; instead, taxes are taken out of the nonqualified retirement payment, which cannot be passed on to a surviving spouse or designated beneficiary. So when Smith passes on, the payment he is currently receiving is not passed on to any of his loved ones, such as his four sons. His wife, Creola, reportedly passed away circa 1985.
Men like Smith are also not eligible to buy into the league’s umbrella health insurance plan.
To date, the MLBPA has been loath to divvy up anymore of the collective pie. Though Forbes recently reported that the current players’ pension and welfare fund is valued at $2.7 billion MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark — a former All Star first baseman who is the first former player to ever hold that position, by the way — has never commented about these non-vested retirees, many of whom are filing for bankruptcy at advanced ages, having banks foreclose on their homes and are so sickly and poor that they cannot afford adequate health care coverage.
By any standard, Smith has had a hard life. According to baseball card collector Tony Lehman, he hitchhiked 400 miles to earn a minor league baseball tryout. He then spent eight seasons in the New York Mets minor league system.
Smith was famously convicted in 1985 of receiving $500 in stolen goods at the store he ran on North Railroad Avenue in Lutcher, Louisiana. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but upon appeal, that sentence was set aside. Lehman, for one, believes he was railroaded, and that he was set up by the police.
Twenty-nine-years later in 2014, Smith couldn’t pay property taxes on the store.
What makes Smith’s treatment so especially unseemly is that Clark received the coveted Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, in June 2016. In accepting the award, the former Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman, referenced a quote from the late Muhammad Ali.
“Success is what you achieve,” said Clark. “Your significance is what you leave.”
How do you say that and then have the gall not to help a man like Smith?
If Clark, who gets a union salary of more than $2.1 million, including benefits, to go with his MLB pension actually does something about this situation, he really would be leaving Mr. Smith and all the other men something of great significance. And that would be a nice achievement on his part.
Douglas J. Gladstone authored the 2010 book, “A Bitter Cup of Cofee; How MLB & The Players’ Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve.” His website is www.gladstonewriter.com
Unlike last season, and even the season before, the T-birds do not go into the playoffs as one of the favorites to win it all. As the eighth seed, they are the decided underdogs, especially in Round 1 where they face the Western Conference’s top seed, Everett. I don’t make predictions. It would not shock me though if Seattle won the series against the ‘Tips, but if they do it, it will be an upset.
As for the just completed regular season, I think most who adjudicate such things would say Seattle exceeded expectations. It is well documented that the T-birds lost over 300 points from their championship team. In the cyclical world of Major Junior hockey, this was to be a “rebuilding” year. Yet they finished above .500 playing in what arguably could be the toughest division in the WHL. It’s a 72-game schedule. Seattle played 22 of those games, almost one-third, against the top two teams in the conference, Everett (10) and Portland (12).
Going into the campaign many of us wondered where the offense would come from with Barzal, Bear, Gropp, Kolesar, True and Eansor gone. Yet when the season ended the T-birds put 250 goals on the board. that is just three fewer then they scored with that group I just mentioned, last season.
They made the playoffs despite not having their presumptive number one goalie, Carl Stankowski, all season. They went to goaltender-by-committee much of the season with different goalies suffering injuries at various times. Things finally settled down with the emergence of Liam Hughes. Down the stretch with a playoff spot and playoff seeding on the line, Hughes won six games against some of the best offenses in the conference, often facing 40+ shots nightly.
They got back to the playoffs because players who had been role players in the past, third and fourth line muckers, stepped up and led the team. Players like Donovan Neuls, Nolan Volcan, Austin Strand, Zack Andrusiak and Turner Ottenbreit, among others, not only took on bigger roles, but they embraced them and all had career seasons. Meanwhile, young rookies such as Dillon Hamaliuk, Jake Lee and Sam Huo became major contributors right from the start. Looking ahead, Seattle will have seven of their top ten scorers back next season and 11 of their top 15.
The coaches probably didn’t enjoy watching the team give Tri-City eight power plays in that meaningless, last regular season game but I appreciated watching all the ice time the rookies and young players got against the Americans, who iced a fairly veteran lineup, in that 5-2 loss. The T-birds rested over 270 points in that game and hit a couple of posts so it could have been a closer game at the end. I was intrigued by the play of Cody Savey who headed back to Canada after the game to join his Junior B team for the playoffs.
On to the playoffs, or second season or postseason…whatever you call it!
My T-birds three stars for the regular season:
Third Star: C/W Donovan Neuls. Finished tied atop the team’s scoring leaderboard with 76 points with a career year featuring 22 goals and 54 assists. In four seasons with the T-birds he played in 283 regular season games and finished with 180 points (57g, 123a) and +30. Not bad for an 8th round bantam pick.
Second Star: D Turner Ottenbreit. Seattle’s captain had to adjust his game at the start of the season after being suspended for a hit in last year’s Championship Series and another early this season. He did exactly that without neutering his physical game. After starting his WHL career as a Saskatoon Blade’s 12th round Bantam pick, he spends nearly four season with the T-birds, playing in 284 regular season games and scoring 108 points (24g, 84a) while finishing a remarkable +76.
First Star: W Nolan Volcan. With 76 points he tied Neuls for the scoring lead on the team. His 32 goals were second to Zack Andrusiak’s 36, but double his previous best of 16 from last season. Unless he signs a pro deal this offseason, he should be back to lead the team as a 20 year old next year and most likely wearing the “C”. He is a pitbull on the ice, plays in all situations, hits like a pile driver and never gives anything but 100 percent and could be a 40 goal scorer next season.