Remembering the ‘Dean’ of New England Sports Information Officers Jack Grinold ’57 (Boston Globe)

Jack Grinold ’57 (Photographed by Webb Chappell)

Jack Grinold ’57, associate athletic director emeritus at Northeastern University and known informally as the dean of sports information directors in New England, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was 81.

During his more than 50 years at Northeastern, Grinold became as well known for his generosity as he was for his longevity and expertise. According to the Boston Globe, he and his wife, Cathy, established a $1.25 million endowment for the men’s rowing program, and Grinold also financially supported or directly funded other programs, including a sports information internship that bears his name.

In October 2016, Grinold was selected to receive the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s James Lynah Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded each year to former ECAC athletic administrators who have achieved outstanding success in their career and have made an unusual contribution in the interest of intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA and the ECAC.

Polar Bear Scoreboard

Women’s Track & Field: The women’s outdoor track & field team beat the elements and the competition to claim the 2017 Aloha Relays at Magee-Samuelson Track Saturday afternoon.

Men’s Track & Field: The men’s outdoor track & field team claimed its first Maine State Championship since 2009, breaking Bates’ string of seven consecutive state crowns with a first-place finish Saturday in Lewiston.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team split a weekend conference slate with a 6-3 win at Tufts before falling 9-0 at Williams.

Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team edged Williams, 5-4, in a battle of top-ten squads Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Rugby: The American International College women’s rugby team traveled to Maine to compete at the Bowdoin Sevens, hosted by Bowdoin College Saturday.

Men’s  Lacrosse: The men’s lacrosse team never trailed, cruising to a 15-9 non-conference victory over Endicott Saturday at Pickard Field.

Women’s Lacrosse: The women’s lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day at Ryan Field with an authoritative 23-14 victory over Colorado College Saturday.

Softball: The Tufts softball team swept Sunday’s doubleheader at Bowdoin to capture the series, 2-1.

Baseball: With the tying run on third base, Bowdoin reliever Jack Wilhoite ’19 got a strikeout to end the game and give the visiting Polar Bears a 3-2 win at Tufts in NESCAC East Division baseball action Sunday at Huskins Field.

Sailing: The Polar Bears competed in two regattas over the weekend, including the Admiral’s Cup at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point and the Jerry Reed Trophy for the Women’s New England Championship, hosted by Brown.

Rowing: At the 21st Annual President’s Cup, Bowdoin and Colby were guests of the Bates Crew at the new Bates Boathouse on Sunday. Bates crews dominated competition with wins in each of the points events, and won the Cup with 18 points. Colby was second with 11, and Bowdoin a close third with 10.  With Bates at the front of the fleet, Bowdoin and Colby traded seconds and thirds with Colby besting the Bears in the eights events and the Men’s Novice Four, while Bowdoin forged ahead of the Mules in the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Fours, and Women’s Novice Four.  The Men’s Novice Eight had a good race to finish second to Colby in an event vacated by Bates, and in an event missing Colby, Bates beat the Women’s Second Varsity Four who also had a very good race for the second. The Bowdoin Navy races next Sunday at the Clark Invitational with NESCAC rivals Amherst and Connecticut College, among others.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.

Polar Bear Scoreboard

Softball: The softball team reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th consecutive season following a series sweep of Colby. The Polar Bears (21-6, 5-1 NESCAC) won a tight 2-1 contest in game-one and shut out Colby (7-15, 0-6 NESCAC) 3-0 in game two.

Baseball: Ben Suski ’19 hit a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the twelfth inning to complete the series sweep for Bowdoin against Trinity Saturday evening.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field: The outdoor track and field teams swept their respective meets at the Bowdoin Invitational II hosted at Magee-Samuelson Track Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bear women edged Middlebury and Southern Maine in a hotly contested meet while the Bowdoin ran away from the field in the men’s meet.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team suffered an 8-1 setback at the hands of Middlebury Saturday afternoon.

Men’s Tennis: The Middlebury College men’s tennis team edged Bowdoin, 6-3, in a battle of two of the nation’s top-ranked teams Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Lacrosse: The Wesleyan University women’s lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and never looked back in a 14-7 win over Bowdoin Saturday.

Men’s Lacrosse: Harry Stanton scored his fifth goal of the game with 8:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, proving to be the difference in a 10-9 win for the Wesleyan men’s lacrosse team at Bowdoin Saturday.

Women’s Rugby: Bowdoin 39, Dartmouth 5

Sailing: The Polar Bears competed in three events this past weekend including the Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard, the President’s Trophy at BU, and the Owen Trophy at Yale.

Field of Relived Dreams: Sidney Chason ’44 to Throw Out First Pitch (Bangor Daily News)

The 1942 Bowdoin College baseball team, including Sidney Chason ’44 (back row, far left)

Retired Bangor doctor Sidney Chason ’44 is coming back to campus to relive some fond memories on the baseball field. He played basketball and baseball at Bowdoin, but as The Bangor Daily News reports, Chason always preferred the diamond to the hardwood.

“I enjoyed baseball more than I did any sport,” says Chason in the article. “I had some good memories. You always remember the good things.”

He’ll be able to add to those memories Saturday, when he’s scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Bowdoin’s doubleheader with Trinity.

Read how it came to be and about Chason’s fond recollections of the game and his friend,  teammate and fellow doctor, the late John Woodcock ’44.