Play ball : a celebration of opening day

curated by Steve Wulf and featuring Bill Scheft, Simon Jones, Hal Glatzer, and Kathy Frankovic

Mar 29, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members and their guests
Program is FREE to attend
Eventbrite RSVP required
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the talk and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
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About the Event

In a baseball uniform and, Paul Newman puts the hand that is not wearing a catcher's mitt to his heart in "Bang the Drum Slowly".

On the eve of Opening Day, Coffee House Club is hosting “Play Ball,” a celebratory program — curated by Coffee House member and former ESPN Executive Editor Steve Wulf — which will include:

– A reading by Bill Scheft of Opening Day, Roger Angell’s first baseball story, published in The New Yorker (1950)

– A screening of clips from Bang the Drum Slowly, a short film (1965), starring Paul Newman as a pitcher

– A reading by actor Simon Jones of Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu by John Updike, published in The New Yorker (1960)

– A closing musical performance from Hal Glatzer and Kathy Frankovic, who will sing “(You Gotta Have) Heart” from Damn Yankees and will lead us in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash). Remember: No tipping. Enjoy!

Featured Guests

A former executive editor for ESPN The Magazine and senior writer for, Steve Wulf continues to write about sports and family. Before joining ESPN, Wulf worked for numerous publications, including Sports IllustratedEntertainment Weekly and Time.

Bill Scheft is a novelist, columnist, television writer. During the last three decades, Bill Scheft has established himself as a versatile, singular and influential comedic voice. His latest novel, Tommy Dash: Was it Everything I Said? is now available on Audible (and other audio sites).

Simon Jones is a professional actor. His latest film was as King George V in Downton Abbey, his latest Broadway appearance (his 13th) was in Trouble in Mind at The Roundabout as an Irish stage doorman, and he can currently be seen as Bannister the butler in The Gilded Age on HBO Max. He is the Honorary President of the Coffee House Club.

Hal Glatzer is both a published author of mysteries, and a performer of the “Great American Songbook” from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway.

In college, Kathy Frankovic was the only woman on the sports desk at The Cornell Daily Sun, but she never got to cover baseball. For 32 years she was in charge of public opinion research at CBS News. Both she and her husband Hal Glatzer are longtime members of The Coffee House.

Close up on a pile of baseballs.