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Photo Challenge #275

You’ve got 2 choices as you turn from Compo Beach Road into the main entrance. (We’re talking about the pre-, and hopefully post-, coronavirus days.)

You can look right, into the entrance drive between the basketball courts and playground.

Or you can look left.

Most people are intent on getting into the beach. But the view to the left is of Craig “Doc” Davidson’s house.

It’s a handsome old beach house — recently flood-raised — on the corner of Bradley Street.

And there — on the chimney — is the anchor that was the subject of last week’s Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.)

Some Westporters thought it was at Ned Dimes Marina. But Pat Saviano, Lyne Kiedaisch, Diane Silfen, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Brian Duchan, Jonathan McClure and Mary Ann Batsell all knew it belongs solely to Doc.

Who is he?

Doc is a 1970 Staples High School graduate. He’s a realtor. And a documentary filmmaker. (His nickname came long before that career.)

In addition to his wonderful chimney, Doc owns the most interesting fence in Westport.

The inner side — visible only to Doc and his guests — is a fantastic, faithful mural rendering of Ebbets Field. You can read about it (and see it) here.

Doc is a huge baseball fan. One of his films is about the great Satchel Paige. Click here for that story.

Now that you know everything about the chimney, the house, and the man who lives there, it’s time to play ball.

With this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Dick Lowenstein)

 

Satchel Paige

If you search hard enough, everything in the world has a Westport connection.

Even Satchel Paige.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Craig “Doc” Davidson — who in 1970 was thrown off the Staples baseball team for long hair — will show his new documentary, “Pitching Man,” at the Westport Library.  A celebration of the legendary Negro League pitcher who became a Major League rookie at 42, the film’s never-before-seen images add power to an already compelling story.

satchel_paige1Included too is an interview Doc did with Paige shortly before his death in 1982.

“Pitching Man” builds on Doc’s previous effort, “There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace.”  That video — narrated by James Earl Jones — is a broader look at baseball before Jackie Robinson.  It has become a staple of PBS fundraising.  Doc jokes, “I never made it into the Hall of Fame.  But my film did.”

Making his films, Doc grew impressed with the perserverance of Negro League players, against tremendous obstacles.  He also learned that, rare for the era, Paige made money.  During World War II he was the highest paid player in the country — black or white.

This film’s audience, Doc says, is “baseball lovers; anyone who adores history, and kids and parents.”  Because baseball is, Doc notes, “the great melting pot,” those numbers are huge.  When he told a few Westport Little League dads about tomorrow’s showing, one said, “Great!  My son loves Satchel Paige.”

The library will provide free peanuts and Cracker Jacks.  Take that, Citi Field!