From the outfield to an Oscar

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My first job out of college was at the Norwich Bulletin, a small newspaper in southeastern Connecticut. One of the best parts of the job was covering American Legion Baseball in the summer because we had so many good teams in the area.

The best of the bunch was New London, a perennial state champion that went to the Legion World Series a few times under a great coach named Jim O’Neill.

Years pass and I’m watching the Oscars last night and guess who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay? Geoff Fletcher, who played for New London. He was an outfielder as I recall, a smart guy who was headed to Harvard to play football.

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And to Hollywood as it turns out as the first African-American writer to win an Oscar. How great is that? Congats, Geoff.

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