A former Special Olympics director for Cape Cod and the Islands, Slaven has also produced a CD of music composed by his father, John Slaven Sr., from the 1940s and ’50s.
“I broke open a locked piano seat and found the torn manuscripts,’’ said Slaven, an Army teammate of the great Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford. “Two of the songs were patriotic and the rest were love songs to my mother.’’
It is that side of Don Slaven, his players said, that transcends the wins, and the losses.
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