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Marvin Finestone
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My father, Marvin Finestone, was Michael, Parker and Marlee Finestone's grandfather. Marvin was a great fan of baseball and possessed a tremendous knowledge of the game. 

Marvin grew up in the 1930's playing sand lot baseball at Cobbs Hill Park. Playing baseball was Marvin's passion throughout his childhood. In Marvin's younger days he was a devoted fan of Rochester's Major league affiliate the St Louis Cardinals and then later the Baltimore Orioles. During his retirement years Marvin became a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves who he watched often on cable superstation TBS.

In 1999 I took him to the World Series game at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees beat the Braves for the series. This was my first time at Yankee stadium and I always remember dad telling me "I was here 57 years ago to see my Cards beat the Yanks in the series and I remember Joe Gordon getting picked off second base in the ninth".

Marvin loved watching Michael and Parker's Brighton Little League games and often helped the kids with their skills by taking them and their friends to the Brighton baseball fields where he taught them a few of the ball games he played as a kid. In our era of video games, he was successful in inspiring our boys to organize their own pick up ball games and as a result we have permanently placed bases in our lawn used for wiffle ball. 

When Marvin and I took Michael and Parker to visit Cooperstown the Hall of Fame curators listened intently to his detailed historical review of the game and some of the World Series games he attended throughout his life.

I grew up playing catch with my dad and continued to enjoy doing so until his final years. I encourage anyone young or old to do so and enjoy the time spent !

We take great pride and appreciation in honoring his memory and love of baseball.
Mark Finestone