25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

Local sports history

August 23, 1990

A one-game winning streak is usually not grounds for bragging rights, but local artists painted such a bright picture of last year’s 7-6 win in the annual Artists-Writers softball game that you’d think they’d achieved a major breakthrough.

However, on Saturday, at East Hampton’s Herrick Park, the writers once again ate the Paletteers’ dreams, and made the perennial underdogs eat humble pie.

The 10-3 pounding was bad enough, but the fact that the game was decided for all practical purposes in the first inning made the defeat all the more difficult to brush off.

. . . The artists closed the gap to 5-2 in the second as the result of a double and some expressionistic baserunning by Paul Simon. But Mort Zuckerman, the publishing and real estate mogul, who behaved in an underhanded way on the mound, shut the artists down through the next six frames.

. . . On learning that he had been named the game’s most valuable player, Ed Tivnan, a silver-haired Clete Boyer who made a half-dozen sterling stops at the hot corner, recalled Karl Marx’s assessment of John Stuart Mill: “ ‘His genius was due mainly to the flatness of the terrain.’ ”


Amagansett Lumber Yard and Oceanaire Nurseries won playoff championships last week in the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league. Each best-of-five series went down to the final game.

. . . It was the first time that Oceanaire Nurseries, a 32 victor over Bistrian Gravel, had won an East Hampton Town slow-pitch softball league playoff championship. Oceanaire was the pennant-winner as well, with a 14-5 record. The team had been on a 10-game winning streak until Bistrian’s, the regular-season runner-up, broke it in game two of the final.

The National Division playoff result was the reverse of the American Division’s. Volk Disposal, also known as the Dump Chickens, had been the National Division pennant-winner at 15-4;
Amagansett Lumber had been the runner-up at 13-6.

September 13, 1990

Paul Annacone, the 27-year-old East Hampton touring tennis professional, who is in his sixth year on the tour, enjoyed in the past two weeks what was, all in all, his best showing at the U.S. Open.

He and his partner, David Wheaton, were runners-up in the doubles, losing to Danie Visser and Pieter Aldrich in the final. The consolation prize was worth $37,500 to the East Hamptoner, who has spent the better part of the past year supervising construction of a house for him, his wife, Tracy, and their son, Nicholas, in Northwest.

The pro has been there before in major tournament doubles, with his former partner, Christo Van Rensburg. They won the Australian Open and reached the semifinal rounds at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

. . . Annacone got to the third round of the singles, matching a previous best. He defeated Patrick Kuhnen of Germany in the first round, and Martin Jaite of Argentina, a top-20 player, in the second round. He failed to make the round of 16, however, as the result of a 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 loss to his 21-year-old doubles partner. Wheaton went on to defeat Kevin Curren in the round of 16, but lost to John McEnroe in the quarterfinals in straight sets.

“It was an interesting Open,” said Annacone, noting the numerous upsets, McEnroe’s run to the semifinals, and Pete Sampras’s victory. The last time Annacone and the 19-year-old Sampras met, in the Wimbledon warm-up Queens Club tournament in London a little over a year ago, Annacone won, taking two of three sets.

“He’s incredibly talented,” said Annacone of the young Open champion. “He beat Lendl, McEnroe, and Agassi in succession. It’s nice to see. During the past year, everyone was talking about Agassi and Chang, Agassi and Chang. I think Sampras is the most talented of the three.”