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Thanks to retiring T.F. North baseball coach for his efforts

2014-06-05T00:00:00Z Thanks to retiring T.F. North baseball coach for his effortsGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
June 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Well, I didn’t know Mike Kosiara, but I knew about him. I have seen his teams play. And I knew through others who played and/or coached with him, that he was dedicated, worked hard, and gave much of himself to young men of Calumet City and Lansing (but mostly to Calumet City) through the game of baseball.

If you want more of the details about Mike Kosiara and what he had done for baseball in this area, reread the column (May 22) written by Times sports writer Mike Nieto.

Anyway, I saw the end of the last home game Kosiara coached at T.F. North a little while ago. I saw the banner hung on the fence proclaiming the field as the Mike Kosiara Field. That was arranged by former T.F. North Athletic Director Therese McLaughlin, who herself is in the last year of a long and honorable career in athletics and education.

Good luck and thanks to both Mike and Therese for what you have done for young people and by extension, all of us.

In a not very storybook ending the Meteors got hammered in that last home game for Kosiara by Oak Lawn.

It seems like high school baseball programs in more well-to-do districts have more success, at least in terms of wins and losses, than programs in less well-to-do districts.

I think part of this is because baseball is a game of very particular skills. In my time those skills were learned by playing with friends all the time and from volunteer coaches and fathers, often the same people.

Now there are specialized training programs, and camps, and equipment and traveling teams. Of course, these things cost, and from what I’ve heard, can cost quite a bit.

Anyway, it’s a great game and can teach some great lessons way beyond the realm of just winning games. So again, thanks to Mike Kosiara for doing just that.


We just celebrated the great patriotic holiday known as Memorial Day. The other great patriotic holiday is nearing. Namely, the Fourth of July, Independence Day.

The Calumet Memorial Park District has been doing a great job in creating a Freedom’s Eve event that has attracted thousands of folks to the grounds of T.F. North High School for a day of music, rides, and fireworks.

Our nation was founded on the basis of freedom. But that came with an armed struggle. Unfortunately, armed conflicts have been a part of preserving that freedom too often.

The Fourth of July (and the day before in Cal City) is a great time to acknowledge those who are now actively engaged in protecting our freedoms and enforcing the foreign policy of our nation by serving in our military.

The Park District would like to put together a montage of webcam interviews of active service people from within the district’s boundaries, mainly Calumet City and Burnham and neighborhoods east of the Bishop Ford Freeway in Dolton and South Holland. This production would be shown from the Freedom’s Eve stage when there is the largest number of people in attendance. And, of course, that is right before the always spectacular fireworks show.

Amid all the hoopla and fun of the holiday this would help us remember what and whom we are celebrating.

You can help by letting the Park District know of people you know who are in the military now. You can contact the Memorial Park District at (708) 862 6643 and direct information to Eric Schneider. Or you can email that information to me.

Hopefully, this will be the start of a new Calumet City tradition that will enhance our already great celebration of the birth of our country.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at

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