Pete Frates (center) surrounded by family, BC coach Mike Gambino and AD Martin Jarmond. (Eric Beato/NEBJ)Pete Frates’ inspiration and influence know no bounds. The former Boston College baseball captain who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge in his quest to strike out ALS — the disease that he has fought against the past seven years — now will have a lasting legacy on the campus he and his family call home.
Myles Lane (Dartmouth Athletics)Ninety years ago, Myles Lane was such a New England hockey hero that the New York Rangers hoped the Boston Bruins would be so dazzled by Lane’s fame and popularity that they would trade their best player for him. A Melrose, Mass., native and a Dartmouth legend, Lane had signed with the Rangers on Oct. 1, 1928, becoming the first American collegiate player in the NHL.
This year, I made one simple New Year’s resolution: to read and write more. So, in order to combine the two, I’m going to try to write about what I read. First up was a pair of memoirs: one by Dick Portillo, the hot dog hero behind my favorite Chicago eatery, the eponymous Portillo’s (“Out of the Dog House”); and the other by Steve Rushin, the brilliantly clever sportswriter (“Sting-Ray Afternoons”).