Category Archives: New Hampshire Sports

New Hampshire Tidbits: Famed Baseball Player Ted Williams liked Cow Hampshire

Perhaps the title of this story is slightly misleading. I am not sure whether Ted Williams LIKED the term ‘Cow Hampshire’ but he did seem to enjoy using it.  Apparently to Ted Williams ‘Cow Hampshire’ was a place where hicks … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s Professional Wrestler, Restaraunteur, Wild Circus Owner, Amusement Park Operator, Real Estate Investor: John Demetrious Kilonis (1885-1965)

John Demetrious Kilonis is probably best remembered for his wrestling career, being considered the “terror” of the light-heavyweight wrestlers of his day, at one time winning the middleweight wrestling championship of the world. He was born in 1885 in Salonika … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s Premier Baseball Family: Fred and Robert “Curly” Clement

In 1939 the Merrimack Valley Baseball League consisted of 11 baseball clubs, namely: Hillsboro, Peterboro, Milford, Merrimack, Londonderry, Derry [Merchants], Goffs Falls, Noa Club, [Manchester] Cardinals, International Shoe of Manchester, and the Bay State entry, Pepperell [MA]. The league officials … Continue reading

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Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox Baseball Player: Manchester NH’s Bernard “Bernie” Friberg (1899-1958)

Most knew him as “Bernie” Friberg–his birth name was Gustaf Bernhard Friberg.  He was born in 1899 in Manchester, New Hampshire the son of Gustaf Albert & Jenny (Roslin) Friberg, Swedish immigrants. He was both an infielder and outfielder, signed … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire Major League Baseball Catcher: Thomas Francis Padden (1908-1973)

A modest base ball field bears his name at Steven’s Pond Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. Reportedly it is the “same field where he learned to play ball.”  At Gill Stadium, a plaque near the entrance bears his name. On … Continue reading

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