Saturday, December 15, 2012

Moving to New Jersey: Newark resident named Manager of the Houston Astros

Newark Native Honored for Major League Milestone

The South Ward's Bo Porter becomes first Essex native to manage a Major League team

By Paul Milo
December 13, 2012

Bo Porter holds up a Weequahic jersey that will be hung at the school in his honor. The jersey was presented to him by the co-presidents of the school's alumni association, Hal Braff and Mary Dawkins (pictured).
Bo Porter with Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Thursday.
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Marquis “Bo” Porter remembers the exact instant he decided he could be one of the tiny fraction of high school baseball players who had a chance of getting to "the show".

A participant in Project Pride, an athletic program for Newark youth, Porter played in a game against a team in Puerto Rico. That game was arranged by Joseph DiVincenzo, who ran the program a quarter-century ago.

“I was on the plane coming back from Puerto Rico, and [DiVincenzo] read off my stats,” said Porter, 40, who grew up in the South Ward. “It was at that moment I believed I could play professional baseball.”

DiVincenzo went on to become the Essex County Executive. And Porter, as he suspected he would, made it as professional baseball player -- and beyond. In September, he was named manager of the Houston Astros, the first Essex County native in the modern history of the game to be placed in charge of a Major League team. For more: patch.com

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