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Carroll’s Cuisine: Ice Cold Isles


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Most sports books are understandably written by, or about, famous athletes. It was therefore refreshing to read a baseball autobiography from someone who is far from a household name, Tom Gamboa. He has penned  “My Life In Baseball” (McFarland Publishing) along with co-writer and Forest Hills native David Russell.

Gamboa is best remembered for being the Kansas City Royals first base coach who was a victim of a senseless attack by an inebriated father-ands-son tandem during a game with the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

While Gamboa and Russell dedicate the obligatory two chapters to the incident they don’t let it overshadow the rest of the book which is a fascinating look at a baseball professional who has spent as most of his life beating the bushes of baseball’s minor leagues.

The book ends on an upbeat note as Gamboa recalls his stint as manager of the Mets’ NY-Penn League affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, and his final job before retirement, serving as a coach for Team Israel in the 2016 World Baseball Classic.

If you are looking for an hour where you can laugh with very few breaks, check out Fox’s Tuesday 9-10 PM slot.

Fox recently debuted “LA to Vegas” which looks at life at a low-budget airline that shuttles Los Angelenos to Las Vegas on Friday nights and gets them back home on Sundays.

Dylan McDermott, who has been in many failed action series, seems very much at ease playing the vain and self-absorbed pilot, Captain Dave, while Kim Matula plays Ronnie, the frazzled flight attendant, Ronnie, who dreams of working for a legitimate international carrier that flies in and out of JFK. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, the folks behind those Funny or Die comedy skits on the Internet, are the showrunners.

Fox’s programming executives have smartly paired “LA to Vegas” with the return of “The Mick,” a comedy that pushes the envelope when it comes to network standards and practices with its ribald humor. Kaitlin Olson is “Mick,” a hustler who never stops seeking an easy way to make a buck, but who is suddenly forced to grow up when she has to raise the snotty kids of her sister and brother-in-law who flee the country after they are caught fleecing funds in a Bernie Madoff-like embezzlement. “The Mick” is a great satire of life in tony Greenwich, CT.

ABC last week cancelled “The Mayor” which starred Brandon Hall as a rapper who runs for mayor of a Northern California city as a promotional stunt for his musical career and then has to serve when he shockingly wins the race. Hall is a very likable performer and the scripts were well-written. I am sorry that this show never found its audience.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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