Joe Schlobotnik, Making of a Sports Geek
- 1969 April 24
Born John Thomas
Whelan in Kingston, NY.
Ran the manual scoreboard at Cantine
Field for the adult amateur Saugerties
Dutchmen baseball club, founded in 1980. When an electric
scoreboard was added in 1983, I wrote to Jack Keeley, then
Mohawk-Hudson Baseball League commissioner and now Dutchmen
general manager, to lobby for keeping the manual scoreboard,
which displayed inning-by-inning score.
Ran the electric scoreboard at Dietz Stadium, home of the
Kingston Brewers and Athletics, which later merged to form the
and I travelled from Red Hook to St. Johnsville to attend
dozens of MHBL games, some involving the Dutchmen, some
not. We were given the "Seeya down the road Jack" award by
Kingston Daily Freeman sports intern Jay Levy as
most travelling fans.
First out-of-state roadtrips, as my mother, sister and I rode the
team/fan bus to watch the Dutchmen compete in the Central
Pennsylvania Tournament of Champions each year.
Public Address Announcer, Kingston Colonials. Since the
scoreboard at Dietz was not insulated, I took to wearing
rubber dishwashing gloves so I could touch the scoreboard
controls while holding the mic and not get shocked. I also
announced the occasional game at Dietz for the Kingston American
First baseman, Poughkeepsie Day
School coed softball team.
While an undergraduate at Cornell University,
attended every Big Red home football game, and made road trips
to six of the other seven Ivy schools (Princeton in 1991
completed my tour). Made it to every one of Cornell's Ivy
Football contests Senior year, including road trips to
Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.
Infielder, assorted Cornell Astronomy
Defenseman and assistant manager, the Herpolhodes (UCSB Physics floor
Second baseman, State Street Blend (UCSB Physics softball
Constructed and refined a "Playoff Possibilities Spreadsheet"
to help me project possible outcomes of the NFL's deliciously
- 1993 November 19-21
Mark Anbinder's and
my wild road trip, consisting of my first Cornell-Harvard
hockey game (Friday night, Ithaca, NY), the 100th Cornell-Penn football game
(Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia, PA) and the last day of our
respective Star Trek and gaming conventions (Sunday,
Springfield, MA). This was
the first of many college hockey
roadtrips for me.
A six-month stay in England gave me a chance to learn and
appreciate cricket (and snooker). I even played a few
limited-overs matches with the graduate side at St. John's
College, Cambridge. After playing Twelfth Man for a while I
finally got a turn at bat in our last contest. The result:
Joe's radio identity born on The Mr. Squishy
Show, first as a sports reporter in the early AM days and
then as Doghouse Riley's sidekick through the show's first
five seasons on KCSB-FM.
While reading the archived sports reports, be sure to listen
to the appropriate background music:
- Dvořák, New World Symphony,
"Grand Old Ivy" from How To Succeed In Business Without
Zippers, "Danny Diamond"
Second baseman, Pencil Neck Geeks (UCSB Physics softball
Defenseman and manager, Broida Hall Bullies (UCSB Physics floor
Spent two quarters in KCSB's sports department,
writing and delivering a weekly Club
Sports Roundup, and co-hosting the half-hour "SportsSpot"
show one day a week.
Hosted the Joe Schlobotnik Extravaganza on K-UTE, University of Utah student
radio, including weekly ECAC
Hockey and Ivy League Football
Schlobotnik's Sports Machine as the homepage for my radio
show, and it has evolved into what you see today.
Wrote game recaps and box scores for the University of Utah Ice Hockey
Club web page.
Member, Cornell Hockey (Booster) Association.
Official scorer and PA announcer, University of Utah Ice Hockey
Club. I also announced four of the six games of the
league tournament, hosted by Utah State at the Weber Ice
Wrote and maintained an unofficial page devoted to the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Hockey
Association playoff race; during and after the league
tournament, added recaps and boxscores of all six tournament
Infielder, U of U
Physics softball team.
Member of the Cardinals
Bern Baseball and Softball Club and player on the Senior
Season ticket holder, Schlittschuhclub Bern.
Season ticket holder, Cornell Men's Ice Hockey.