Archive - Mar 28, 2011
CUMBERLAND â Dan OâBrien has several memories of retired Cumberland High swim coach Bruce Calvert.
His first three years for the Clippers, OâBrien recalled a person that was not only dedicated to his craft, but a person that knew how to motivate with his unique style of dealing with student-athletes.
âYou could go out and drop ten seconds and he would still have something to tell you that would improve it,â he said. âI guess some people would say that he had a negative outlook on your swim, but in a way it motivated us to try harder and drop our times more.â
WOONSOCKET â Local firefighters have had their say on Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâs recent efforts to cut fire department spending, taking a vote of no confidence in Fire Chief Gary Lataille at regular meeting of Local #732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Local President Christopher J. Oakland announced the vote on Monday, a week after the City Council approved the Fontaine administrationâs proposed rescheduling of the firefighter work shifts to eliminate $1.2 million in department overtime costs.
His father was Italian-American, his mother African-American. And even if he was the best catcher in baseball that was enough to keep Roy Campanella out of the major leagues.
But in 1956, things were changing fast. A savvy general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers named Branch Rickey had the audacity to challenge the gentlemen's agreement among big league powerbrokers that had kept black talent relegated to the Negro Leagues.
Within three years, Rickey would make Campanella part of a seminal group of African-American pioneers in major league baseball, changing the game forever.