To help celebrate the beginning of the 2019 baseball season, the Milton Senior Center on 10 Walnut St. is hosting a musical baseball show featuring local singer-guitarist Howie Newman on Friday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.

This event is open to Milton residents 60 or older. The $5 admission fee includes refreshments. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 617-898-4893.

This performance is supported, in par, by a grant from Milton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Newman, a former sports writer for the Patriot Ledger, the Lowell Sun, the Boston Globe, and other newspapers covered the Red Sox for many years and has also remained an avid fan, having visited 91 major and minor league ballparks. He will sing baseball songs, offer up baseball trivia, and talk about his days on the Red Sox beat.

In addition, Newman will hold a free raffle for copies of his two baseball CDs: “Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2.”

Not all of the program will focus on baseball. Newman will also play classic songs from yesteryear, including the music of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, and Doris Day.

“Baseball is the one sport that really lends itself to music,” stated Newman, whose experience also includes three years of radio color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm team. “I’ll be playing a few of my own baseball songs and some other baseball standards that everyone knows. We’ll talk baseball, do some trivia, and just have fun. If people have questions about the Red Sox and what it’s like to cover the team, I’ll be happy to answer them. It’s going to be a unique type of show and I’m sure that folks will enjoy it. I’ll also be playing some old classic songs so there will be something for everyone.”

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