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RIP The Maniacal Chuck Waseleski

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by The Allented Mr Ripley, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. The Allented Mr Ripley

    The Allented Mr Ripley holden Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    If you grew up reading the Globe sports page in the '80s and '90s, you knew who The Maniacal One was. He was many readers' introduction to advanced baseball statistics, and the Globe tapped him for contributions to its stellar Sunday Notes column, where he often received his own featured box.

    Nick Cafardo wrote a nice column in memory of Chuck, who passed away on April 7. He includes some interesting ancedotes:

    RIP, Chuck.
  2. Buck Showalter

    Buck Showalter Member SoSH Member

    RIP indeed.

    I loved his stats / misc. data that Gammons used to include in his Sunday Notes column.

    The Maniacal One.....won't forget his contributions any time soon.
  3. JimBoSox9

    JimBoSox9 will you be my friend? SoSH Member

    Spot on. I'm a little young for Gammon's Globe heyday, but Shaughnessy's Maniacal One tidbits were my primer / gateway drug to sabermetrics, a decade before I ever ever heard the word. I'm surprised to learn from Cafardo's article how active he still was with Boston sportswriters up until recently - you would have thought the internet put him out of business.


    To a 10-year old obsessed with both John Valentin and Pentium chips, this picture was the height of cool. He'll never get 1/10 of fame his impact merits. RIP Chuck.
  4. David Laurila

    David Laurila Barbara Walters' Illegitimate Son Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    In 2005, Waseleski told me Bill James included some of his data in his 1983 Abstract... and got his name wrong. The following year, James included even more of his data and spelled his name correctly, in all caps, 20 times.

    Interesting, and deserving, tribute by Cafardo.
    #4 David Laurila, Apr 13, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  5. Rudi Fingers

    Rudi Fingers Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Let me pile on - as a kid, I looked forward to the latest "from the files of the maniacal Chuck Waseleski"... the man who got me interested in sabermetrics. That Notes column was the only reason I had the Sunday Globe delivered to me in college.

    ps - Is that an Ellis Burks sighting at Exhibition Stadium inside the cathode ray tube? :)
  6. TheYaz67

    TheYaz67 Member SoSH Member

    I would wager that yes, that is Ellis, rounding the bases on July 27, 1987 at Exhibition Stadium after clubbing a home run in an 8-10 loss for the Sox.

    I would also wager that is a Wade Boggs 1983 Topps rookie card siting on top of the TV....

    RIP to Chuck indeed - he will be missed...
  7. Dogman2

    Dogman2 Yukon Cornelius Dope

    Yep, the '83 and '84 Abstract info is confirmed.
  8. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    And I think that is an Apple III running VisiCalc!
  9. RoDaddy

    RoDaddy Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    LOOOOVED those old Globe articles from Gammons and CHB! That was pre-Web so all your Boston sports info was packed into those Sunday articles and I couldn't open the Sports section fast enough. And from time to time, they'd include info from Waseleski usually preceded be the phrase "From the maniacal one". RIP Chuck
  10. 8slim

    8slim Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    I'd always get a charge out of seeing his name referenced in a Sunday Notes column, knowing that what followed would be incredibly fascinating.

    61 is far, far too young. Very sad.
  11. WayBackVazquez

    WayBackVazquez white knight against high school nookie Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

    Pretty sure it's an Apple IIe.
  12. CaptainLaddie

    CaptainLaddie dj paul pfieffer SoSH Member

    I will repeat the love for his work -- I waited every week as a kid for his stats on Sunday. Rest in peace indeed.
  13. Norm Siebern

    Norm Siebern Member SoSH Member

    Count me in. His notes in the Sunday columns started me counting pitches, noting if a pitcher was ahead or behind in the count when the ball was in play, swinging strikes vs. called strikes (and what that meant), etc. etc. Waseleski and Gammons were like Trammel and Whitaker, a sweet combination. Condolences to his family, may they somehow know the joy he brought to so many. Godspeed and RIP.

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