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Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

May 23rd, 2017



On Sunday, May 21, 2017, on the grounds of The Smithtown Historical Society Baseball Field, nearly 170 aspiring youth baseball players, ages 6-14, gathered at “The Field of Dreams” Baseball Clinic to learn from former major league players, hosted by St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.

The free baseball clinic, included major leaguers Fred Cambria, Art Shamsky, Frank Catalanotto, Frank Tepedino, Ed Kranepool, Bill Pulsipher, Rick Schmidt and Long Island Scout for the New York Mets Larry Izzo. Mr. Cambria help coordinate the event in an effort to help bring awareness to the new Pediatric Urgent Care Department in development at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.


Photo (L-R): St. Catherine’s EVP & CAO Paul Rowland, Frank Tepedino, Bill Pulsipher, Fred Cambria, Frank Catalanotto, Larry Izzo, Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool, Dr. Luga Podesta and Dr. Dimitri Christoforou. On the microphone in front is St. Catherine’s Foundation Director Tom McLaughlin.

While the aspiring youth learned about the best tips and tricks from the pros, parents were educated about sports injuries, including concussions, from two St. Charles Orthopedic physicians—Dr. Luga Podesta, who specializes in orthopedic and regenerative medicine and Dr. Dimitri Christoforou, who specializes hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery.

“I wanted to put this clinic on for the benefit of the community, so that’s kids can learn baseball from the best and parents can learn about injuries kids are experiencing today from experts in the field of medicine,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and CAO Paul J. Rowland.  

The community event would not have been possible without the support of just that—community. Smithtown Town Clerk Vinny Puleo and Town Councilman Ed Werheim were instrumental in coordinating the event with the Smithtown Historical Society and Suffolk County Parks. Smithtown Fire Commissioner Tom Duckham was in attendance with the finest in the Department. They all switched hats during the event, and became grilling experts. The food was donated in part by St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center and Island Wholesale Meats of Farmingdale. Chik-Fil-A brought out their mascot to cheer on the crowds, and also donated cookies for attendees. And, to ensure proper hydration, Sandra Scanni of MetLife, donated bottled water for attendees. The Suffolk County Police Department supplied crossing guards to ensure the safety of families as they crossed Main Street. Also in attendance to show support was Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy and Legislator Leslie Kennedy.


“Thanks so much for hosting the event—my boys had so much fun,” said Nicole McKee.

The Field of Dreams Baseball Clinic was sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Community Outreach Program and St. Catherine of Siena’s Foundation, with a donation in part by Mercedes Benz of Smithtown.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Foundation call (631) 862-3780.