1986-1989 When the Village's High School Ruled New York State Baseball
by Bruce Fabricant
Copyright 2018 by Bruce Fabricant
Each spring from 1986 through 1989 baseball fans in the Village of Ardsley, New York were treated to wondrous afternoons watching Coach Neil Fitzpatrick's high school teams achieve success unmatched by any school in the history of the Empire State. Four straight state titles, a legendary sequence that has yet to be equaled. Ardsley's Dynasty is a detailed year-by-year account of how it happened interlaced with personal interviews with Fitzpatrick and his players. Hear teenagers reminisce about living in a village where playing summer baseball was not just a sport but a way of life. Take the mound during those championship years with pitching workhorse George Phillips and meet his teammate C.J. Russo, the intense clutch playing second baseman. Go to bat with Jeff Caldara as his dramatic home run kept Ardsley's dream alive for another championship run. Follow the ball around the diamond in an Ardsley triple play for the ages. Meet Bernie McNerney who Coach Fitz called his greatest pitcher and Tom Caldara, the only Ardsley player ever to play in four state baseball tournaments. Ardsley's Dynasty is filled with nostalgic and poignant remembrances of a time gone by, championships won, and of friendships forged on the village's baseball diamonds. Bruce Fabricant grew up in Mount Vernon, NY and has been a baseball fan for as long as he can recall. He lived in Ardsley for 25 years and spent many an afternoon watching Coach Fitzpatrick's youngsters play ball during this championship era.
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by Rich Monetti, 2018