A trio of Newton South High grads calling baseball games on the radio this summer
Newton South High graduates Craig Durham, Mark Perlman-Price, and Roei Biberstain share the same passion.
Durham and Perlman-Price, both in the class of 2004, are at the radio microphone, respectively, for the Dunedin (Fla.) Blue Jays of the Class A Florida State League, and the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Biberstain, class of 2000, is the radio voice of the Lynn-based North Shore Navigators, in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
All are in their second seasons with their respective teams.
Durham got his break while broadcasting games for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2010.
“Tom Burns, who scouts for the Toronto Blue Jays, sat near me and he said he enjoyed listening to me, and he was my link to Dunedin,’’ recalled Durham, a graduate of the University of Colorado who lettered in golf at Newton South.
Durham, like Perlman-Price and Biberstain, is heard via the Internet. He also manages Dunedin’s Facebook page and Twitter account, designs the team’s website, and participates in a talk show featuring broadcasters’ reports from all of Toronto’s affiliates.
He is also involved with logistics for the organization’s spring training facilities in Dunedin.
“I've become pretty close with Toronto radio broadcasters Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby and with their TV announcer, Buck Martinez, and they've given me great feedback,'' said Durham, who participates in the same Fantasy Baseball League as Perlman-Price.
“One of my friends lived across the street from the two former owners of the Bay Sox who said they were looking for a play-by-play announcer,’’ said Perlman-Price, who had sports radio experience at the University of Indiana and was sports editor of the Newton South yearbook.
“I really enjoy listening to Red Sox radio announcer Dave O'Brien,” he said, “and it's hard not to imagine myself in the booth at Fenway or other major league parks.’’
The Bay Sox, 21-12 prior to Wednesday's game in Laconia, N.H., are managed by a former Red Sox outfielder, Rick Miller.
Biberstain, who was born in Israel, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, which has a campus in Needham.
“CSB had a partnership with the Navigators and that's how I started,'' said Biberstain, who has coached youth basketball and baseball in Newton, and also worked on the high school sports desk for the Globe. He called various sports last season at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assumption College, and Harvard University.
Like the young players on the field below them, all hope for that next big career step while reflecting on the road already traveled.
“I love every minute of it,” said Biberstain. “It's like being a musician who will do anything to be on stage.''
Or as Perlman-Price put it, “The slogan of the NECBL is ‘Keep your eye on the dream,’ and that's true for the players and for me.”
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, named for America's first golf hero after he upset British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff at the 1913 US Open at The Country Club in his hometown of Brookline, will be the beneficiary of several upcoming events.
The fund, established in 1949, has awarded about $25 million to 5,000 young caddies, pro shop employees, and grounds-crew workers at courses in Massachusetts. It is expected to award at least $1.5 million to approximately 300 students attending college this fall.
The 45th annual Ouimet Memorial Tournament gets underway Wednesday at Ipswich Country Club, continues Thursday at Turner Hill Club in Ipswich, and concludes Friday at Woodland Golf Club in Newton, where Ouimet was a member.
Included in the field of 100 top amateurs is five-time winner Frank Vana Jr., who plays out of Marlborough Country Club. The Eddie Lowery Division, for players 55 and over, is named for Ouimet's 10-year-old caddy at the 1913 Open.
Next Sunday at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course in Brookline, the annual Ouimet-Lowery tournament will start at 8 a.m. The $100 entry fee includes a round of golf, breakfast and lunch, and prizes in the scramble-format event. Call 617-730-2078 for information.
On Aug. 6, Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton will host the 27th Onstott Invitational, which supports the Ouimet Scholarship Fund while also honoring the late Kevin Onstott, David Page, and John Watt.
The nation's biggest golf-related fund-raising event, the 20th annual Ouimet Marathon, will take place Aug. 8 on the south course at Stow Acres Country Club, with participants playing as many holes as possible to raise pledge money.
Over the event's history, 798 players have played 99,200 holes — an average of 126 holes each per year — while raising $4.2 million for the fund.
Participants will include numerous head or assistant golf pros, and an expected 15 current or past Ouimet scholarship winners.
Area clubs participating include The Country Club, Framingham CC, Brae Burn, Woodland and Charles River CC in Newton, Stow Acres CC, Wellesley CC , and Weston Golf Club.
To take part in the Stow fund-raiser, call the Ouimet Fund at 774-430-9090.
On another fund-raising note, Wellesley CC's annual pro-am, the Igoe Memorial Tournament, is scheduled for Sept. 15. Proceeds will help fund an endowed scholarship in the names of Dave and Jane Parker.
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