Father Maher, NU Alumni Attend Mets Game, Meet Terry Collins
In the rare instances when the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., isn’t consumed with fulfilling his demanding duties as president of Niagara University, he enjoys cheering on the New York Mets.
On Tuesday night, Father Maher had an opportunity to do both simultaneously.
Approximately 25 NU alumni and friends joined Father Maher for a July 28 outing at Citi Field, the Queens-based home of the Mets. The group watched the game – a 7-1 Mets victory over the Philadelphia Phillies – from the owner’s box, a luxury afforded through a friend of Father Maher’s from his time at St. John’s University.
Prior to the game, Father Maher spent a few minutes chatting with Mets manager Terry Collins, who posted a 246-186 record during his three seasons managing the Buffalo Bisons (1989-1991). In 1971, Collins was an infielder for the Niagara Falls Pirates, the Single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A public greeting to the attendees from Niagara University was posted to the Citi Field scoreboard in the fifth inning.