J.P. Songin is a perennial all-star in the Boston Park League. The former Walpole High star also has a love-hate relationship with baseball.
“I love the game, especially hitting,’’ said the 36-year-old Norwood resident, a player-manager for the Palmer Club, “and I hate to strike out.’’
That motivation, according to league records kept since the 2007 season, has indeed brought out the best in Songin, who has fanned just 33 times in his last 651 at-bats while hitting .346.
His great uncle, the late Ed ‘Butch’ Songin, called signals for the original Boston Patriots. His uncle Tom Songin starred on the diamond and the ice at Boston College and skated for the Bruins. And his late grandfather Wally was a superb all-around athlete. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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