Howard Baldwin’s return to Hartford is the best thing that’s happened to hockey here since…well…Howard Baldwin.
“Howdy,” as he was once known, knows that the NHL isn’t returning to Hartford anytime soon. He realizes that a fan base for the game has to be rebuilt. Based on attendance at AHL games and the local ratings for a good Stanley Cup finals series, he has his work cut out for him.
Having covered the original New England Whalers and being married to the former secretary to Whalers general managers of yore Jack Kelley and Ron Ryan, we wish him well.
But first things first! We have a “major league” event coming in less than two weeks. The field for the Travelers Championship is coming around quite nicely, and so is the course. Superintendent Tom DeGrandi has the TPC River Highlands rounding into excellent shape.
I was there a few days ago, and my favorite spot was between the short par 4 15th and the par 3 16th. There you’ll find Hole 15.5, a 71-yard “par 1” to the Travelers umbrella floating in the water.
You don’t have to be a golf fan to support the Travelers (it’s still tempting to call it the GHO, but Travelers has really done a hell of a job with it after rescuing the tournament from the brink of oblivion).
Even if you couldn’t care less about golf, it’s still a fabulous lawn party. Hope to see you there.