News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Shirley Doane turned 100 last November. While she enjoyed and appreciated the fanfare around that milestone, she was politely marking time in place until the Red Sox opening day, said the Rutland Herald. She even received a letter signed by several players wishing her a happy 100th, along with some dirt from the ballpark. Shirley grew up in Springfield and became a fan because her family were all Red Sox fans. She often accompanied her father and brother to Fenway, but now “I have to stay home (Rutland Manor Residential Care Home) and watch the games on TV,” she said. she’s seen several of the team’s legends play: Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams to name a few, but says she doesn’t remember seeing Babe Ruth. Shirley attributes her longevity to keeping up with current events and keeping tabs on her favorite sports teams. “She has cable, but really all she watches is sports, if not baseball,” commented Stephanie Kimball, a nurse’s aid at the home. Probably the best birthday present Shirley could receive is seeing the Sox win another World Championship.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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