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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
A musical called Bat Boy featuring a title character with fangs and Vulcan ears might naturally be assumed to concern matters of blood. Ultimately, though, the play is really about heart, says Terry J. Long, the director of a new production of Bat Boy opening at Spotlighters Theatre tomorrow night. The play has the distinction of being one of the few theatrical productions - perhaps the only one - to have been inspired by a tabloid sensation: the Weekly World News "scoop" about the discovery in a West Virginia cave of a creature who was half-boy, half-bat.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
"Bat Boy: The Musical" may not be what one expects - there's not a baseball in sight - but it's still a must-see show in all aspects, captivating Colonial Players audiences since it opened in March. Set to a melodic pop-rock score, this tabloid tale - direct from Weekly World News - is set in a small West Virginia town where a half-human, half-bat mutant is found in a cave by the spelunking Taylor siblings, Ron, Rick and Ruthie. The tale unfolds as Bat Boy learns to behave most civilly toward towns folk - who respond less civilly toward him. The Colonial Players production of "Bat Boy" compares well to another renowned version of the show: the 2001 off-Broadway run at Union Square Theater, which captured several off-Broadway musical awards.
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By Gavin Curtis | May 10, 2000
I sashay my bow across the violin strings the way a mosquito skims a summer pond. When the back door slams and metal cleats stomp onto the kitchen floor, I know Papa is home. "Is-Reginald-at-it-again?" he shouts between notes. "Hush up," Mama says, "I just love this one." "Cooped up inside all the time, it's a wonder that boy don't sprout mushrooms." I try to play louder than Papa's voice by sawing the music hard. He sometimes comes home in a bad mood because he's the manager of the Dukes -- the worst team in the Negro National League.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
Wei-Yin Chen said he was “speechless” after throwing eight shutout innings Friday. He has now faced the Oakland A's three times, and is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in  20 2/3 innings against them. He was truly dominant on Friday. The A's hitters were completely lost. Watching Chen pitch in a chilly Oakland Coliseum, with all that extra space in foul territory and the ball not traveling well, he just looks tailor-made for this place. He throws strikes, the hitters swing and make plenty of contact.
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May 17, 2000
In our last edition, we asked you what song the bat boy plays before Mr. LaRue hits his home run, as described in the book "The Bat Boy & His Violin." Prarthana Vasudevan, a fourth-grader at Waterloo Elementary, answered, "Reginald played the song 'Swan Lake' before Mr. LaRue hit the ball out of the park."
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January 25, 1991
Cy Bloom, the former owner of two restaurants in a building near the intersection of Baltimore and Charles streets, died Wednesday at Maryland General Hospital of complications to kidney failure.Services for Mr. Bloom, who was 80 and lived on St. Paul Street, were being held today at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.He opened Cy Bloom's Place in the Alley in 1965, with an entrance from Wilkes Lane, the alley between Baltimore and Fayette streets. Later, he opened the Brass Rail in the same building with an entrance on Baltimore Street.
SPORTS
September 13, 2003
Who's hot Kip Wells of the Pirates has a 1.63 ERA and is 3-1 over his past four starts. He was 0-3 in his previous four. Who's not The Rockies' 17-33 record since the All-Star break is the NL's worst and second only to the Tigers' 12-41 mark. Line of the day Aaron Boone, Yankees 3B AB R H RBI HR 3 2 3 4 1 He said it "I was always the stick boy on his hockey team and the bat boy on his baseball team, trying to catch up to him, trying to be the same thing." Mike Glavine, Mets first baseman, now on a team with brother Tom On deck Russ Ortiz of the Braves tries to become the NL's first 20-game winner today, facing the Marlins.
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May 26, 1991
Met rookie carded for his ageDoug Simons made it to the majors easily enough. Making it into the ballparks has been the hard part.A security guard in San Diego thought Simons was too young and too little to be a pitcher for the New York Mes. So he blocked to rookie reliever, then pulled him away from the clubhouse door.Later, a parking attendant at Dodger stadium wouldn't let him in, either. Until Simons pulled his baseball card out from his briefcase."I tell the guards I'm Doug Simons, and they say, 'So?
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January 25, 1991
Services for Cy Bloom, the former owner of two restaurants in a building near the intersection of Baltimore and Charles streets, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.Mr. Bloom, who was 80 and lived on St. Paul Street, died Wednesday at Maryland General Hospital of complications to kidney failure.He opened Cy Bloom's Place in the Alley in 1965, with an entrance from Wilkes Lane, the alley between Baltimore and Fayette streets. Later, he opened the Brass Rail in the same building with an entrance on Baltimore Street.
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August 17, 1996
Leo A. Soltysiak, 97, once bat boy for RuthLeo A. Soltysiak, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who in his youth once was Babe Ruth's bat boy, died Wednesday of an aneurysm at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 97 and lived in Towson.Mr. Soltysiak retired in 1964 from BGE, where he worked 40 years as a building and construction department employee.A vigorous man, he spent last Saturday fishing with family members at his favorite location in Chincoteague, Va., and attending a picnic with the BGE Anglers Club.
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September 29, 2012
Following is a transcript of Brooks Robinson's speech at his sculpture unveiling ceremony Saturday at Camden Yards. “Thank you, thank you, and I promise you, this will be the last 'thank you' of my career. I know Paul Blair, the last six or seven years we played together would always say, 'Well, when's your next Brooks Robinson day?' This is it Pauly, you don't have to do that anymore. Thank you very much. And I just want to say to all of you fans here, I don't like to call you fans, I like to call you friends.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2005
One of baseball's longest fuses reached its end yesterday, the explosion sending bubble gum flying onto the field and a manager storming into his office. Lee Mazzilli's first career ejection in 230 games with the Orioles came in the sixth inning of a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies, one batter after Rafael Palmeiro's two-run homer gave them the lead. Weren't the fireworks scheduled for the first game of the series? Palmeiro has 560 lifetime home runs, three behind Reggie Jackson for ninth place on the all-time list.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
A musical called Bat Boy featuring a title character with fangs and Vulcan ears might naturally be assumed to concern matters of blood. Ultimately, though, the play is really about heart, says Terry J. Long, the director of a new production of Bat Boy opening at Spotlighters Theatre tomorrow night. The play has the distinction of being one of the few theatrical productions - perhaps the only one - to have been inspired by a tabloid sensation: the Weekly World News "scoop" about the discovery in a West Virginia cave of a creature who was half-boy, half-bat.
SPORTS
September 13, 2003
Who's hot Kip Wells of the Pirates has a 1.63 ERA and is 3-1 over his past four starts. He was 0-3 in his previous four. Who's not The Rockies' 17-33 record since the All-Star break is the NL's worst and second only to the Tigers' 12-41 mark. Line of the day Aaron Boone, Yankees 3B AB R H RBI HR 3 2 3 4 1 He said it "I was always the stick boy on his hockey team and the bat boy on his baseball team, trying to catch up to him, trying to be the same thing." Mike Glavine, Mets first baseman, now on a team with brother Tom On deck Russ Ortiz of the Braves tries to become the NL's first 20-game winner today, facing the Marlins.
NEWS
May 17, 2000
In our last edition, we asked you what song the bat boy plays before Mr. LaRue hits his home run, as described in the book "The Bat Boy & His Violin." Prarthana Vasudevan, a fourth-grader at Waterloo Elementary, answered, "Reginald played the song 'Swan Lake' before Mr. LaRue hit the ball out of the park."
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By Gavin Curtis | May 10, 2000
I sashay my bow across the violin strings the way a mosquito skims a summer pond. When the back door slams and metal cleats stomp onto the kitchen floor, I know Papa is home. "Is-Reginald-at-it-again?" he shouts between notes. "Hush up," Mama says, "I just love this one." "Cooped up inside all the time, it's a wonder that boy don't sprout mushrooms." I try to play louder than Papa's voice by sawing the music hard. He sometimes comes home in a bad mood because he's the manager of the Dukes -- the worst team in the Negro National League.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 18, 1992
NEW YORK -- Ruben Amaro Jr. is a rookie, but he plays and acts as if he has been in the majors for years. In a sense, he has.His father, Ruben Sr., played 11 years in the major-leagues.Ruben Jr. was a bat boy for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs for many years. At 15, he was on the field when the Phillies won the 1980 World Series.That background is helping him handle a big responsibility in the season's first few weeks: replacing injured center fielder Len Dykstra, the Phillies' most valuable player.
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By BOB MAISEL | January 6, 1991
In continuing this periodic series of characters and personalities I've known in more than 40 years of covering sports for this paper, it is necessary to make a sort of parlay from Donald Davidson to the Baltimore Orioles' Phil Itzoe to get this one started. A more unlikely pairing never existed.The reason for linking these two is that the Itzoe recently received the first Donald Davidson Memorial Award given to the major leagues' most outstanding traveling secretary.I once heard Chuck Thompson say, "If they ever have a Hall of Fame for traveling secretaries, Phil Itzoe should be the first inductee."
NEWS
August 17, 1996
Leo A. Soltysiak, 97, once bat boy for RuthLeo A. Soltysiak, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who in his youth once was Babe Ruth's bat boy, died Wednesday of an aneurysm at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 97 and lived in Towson.Mr. Soltysiak retired in 1964 from BGE, where he worked 40 years as a building and construction department employee.A vigorous man, he spent last Saturday fishing with family members at his favorite location in Chincoteague, Va., and attending a picnic with the BGE Anglers Club.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer | May 24, 1993
A week of torrid hitting by Jon Armiger helped end a decade of frustration for the Boys' Latin baseball team.The senior catcher's exploits last week in one victory over Friends and two against Lutheran included 8-for-12 hitting (a .666 average), 12 RBI, three home runs, two doubles and seven runs scored."I'm still pretty high and I don't know when I'll come down," said Armiger, whose efforts Thursday helped Boys' Latin (12-3) to a 2-0 Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship series sweep of Lutheran and the Lakers' first MSA title in 10 years.
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