The Streak Starts Now!
The scene today at the Baker Atheltics Complex will be bright and sunny, not only literally but metaphorically as the Columbia baseball team will begin its final day of the regular season with its second Lou Gehrig Division title in three years already in hand.
But almost 22 years ago, it was a dreary rainy day when the Lion football team took the field in hopes of finally ending a record 44-game losing streak... on Homecoming no less against the preseason league favorites, the Princeton Tigers.
Martin Huberman, a filmmaker who graduated a year ahead of me with the class of 1991, is putting together a movie about the extraordinary young men who finally ended the streak that day and forever proved to themselves and taught everyone else the lesson of perseverance.
As a young freshman in the stands that day, (someone who was very torn about missing the Mets playoff game that was on TV that same afternoon), I was forever impressed with what those guys achieved. Over the years, I've become even more impressed as I now realize the kind of commitment and toughness it took to get through that ordeal.
A featured character in the film is the great Greg Abbruzzese, who ran for 182 yards that day. In the years since, Greg has become a good friend of mine and an even better friend of Columbia athletics. I'm glad that so much of the video Martin is making available now shows what Greg could do when he first joined the varsity.
Martin is looking for more backers for this project, so please enjoy the information and film clip linked above and let's get this thing done!
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