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Author Frank Keetz to discuss black baseball in Schenectady

Highly regarded catcher Buck Ewing a focal point

Buck Ewing, left, and Mohawk Giants teammate Edward “Eagle” Durant prepare for a game in Schenectady’s Central Park during the 1930s.
Photographer: Schenectady County Historical Society
Buck Ewing, left, and Mohawk Giants teammate Edward “Eagle” Durant prepare for a game in Schenectady’s Central Park during the 1930s.
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If you’re not quite old enough to have ever seen Buck Ewing hit a baseball or work his magic behind the plate, then you’ve probably at least heard the stories. “He’d throw out guys at second base without getting out of his crouch,” remembered 91-year-old Frank Cornicelli, a lifelong Schenectady resident who watched the former black baseball star play on numerous occasions throughout the 1930s. “Buck was just fabulous. That whole team was. They were ...

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