02/14/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

COURTESY PHOTO
Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

It’s something special when a kid gets totally involved in a sport — or anything else worthwhile, for that matter.

Which leads me to Bobby Marcello of Marcello Masonry here on Shelter Island. Young Bobby loved baseball and has been a Yankee fan his entire life. He followed his passion from Little League on to the professional levels of Double-A and Triple-A baseball. (more…)

02/01/17 4:30pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Betsy Johnson Martin

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Betsy Johnson Martin

Back in the 1950s, I saw very few women playing sports and growing up I never thought much about it. I assumed everyone was happy with it.

There were many other things that are different today that I never thought about growing up. I saw few African-American men playing baseball and none playing golf. I played golf for years before I realized there was a Caucasian-only clause on the PGA tour, which wasn’t eliminated until 1961. Just a few years later, Lee Elder was the first black man to play in the revered Masters Tournament. (more…)

01/22/17 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

January on Shelter Island.

My morning starts with walking the dog for a half hour followed by coffee with my friends for the next hour. That sets up the most productive time of the day — the only time I get things done. I keep busy, and thanks to Shelter Island School, my entertainment is watching the basketball games. (more…)