July 7 – Happy Birthday Dolly Lazarou

dollyphotoI love baseball history and there’s a Web site I consult religiously whenever I have a question or a need to know about the career of an individual professional player or team from years gone by. Its called Baseball-Reference.com and the first thing I did before beginning today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog post was to enter the name “Aristotle Lazarou” into Baseball-Reference.com’s search window.

Amsterdam knew him as Dolly Lazarou, the older brother of Costa, who was perhaps the greatest all-around athlete to ever come out of Amsterdam High School. Dolly was no slouch himself. It was Dolly who would take his little brother over to the Mllton Avenue playground when they were kids to play pitch and catch. They must have played it real good because Dolly became one of the greatest pitchers in the history of our City and Costa was voted the best all-time Amsterdam catcher in a poll conducted by the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball organization. Dolly had a legendary curveball and he was so good on the mound that he signed a contract with…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-born restauranteur in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

2 thoughts on “July 7 – Happy Birthday Dolly Lazarou

  1. My son is VP of Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. His office is at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Florida and their Corporate Office is in Colorado.
    His name is Chris Torgusen.


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