Dom Scala, who went from the dusty fields of 1960s era McCarren Park all the way to Yankee Stadium as the team’s bullpen coach, will come back to his home community to talk baseball with area children.
On Thursday, June 11, from 7 to 9 pm, the Union Avenue native will sign copies of his new baseball book, “One on One Baseball: Fundamental Made Simple for Players and Coaches.” The signing will take place at Carmine’s Restaurant (358 Graham Avenue), and books will be available for sale.
Scala is currently the head coach at Adelphi University on Long Island. He attended St. Francis Prep, a perennial baseball powerhouse, and went on to star at St. John’s University.
Though he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, he never made it to the major leagues as a player. But he cracked “The Show” as a bullpen coach for the Yankees from 1978 to 1986. During that time, he counted as teammates such Yankee legends as Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Goose Gossage, Thurman Munson, and Billy Martin.
As a Yankee, he earned a World Series ring in 1978, the year the Yankees came back from a 14−game deficit to the Boston Red Sox, culminated by Bucky Dent’s shocking home run in a one−game playoff to end the regular season.
Willie Randolph, who played second base for that Yankee team and went on to manage the Mets, praised Scala on the book’s Web site, www.oneono
“I have known and worked with Dom Scala for many years, and I can personally tell you he is second to none in working with kids and knowing the game of baseball.”