Wade Boggs, Lawrence Taylor pull out of Mechanicville autograph show

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Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Lawrence Taylor won’t appear at Mechanicville High as promoted for an autograph show on Saturday, while the accompanying girls’ basketball event is going ahead as scheduled.

Boggs, who collected 3,010 hits while playing for the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays, can’t attend the Capital District Autograph Expo for personal reasons, according to Mollie Ann Bracigliano of MAB Celebrity Services, who organized the show.

Bracigliano said Taylor, the former dominant linebacker for the New York Giants, was a last-minute cancellation. With Taylor’s absence, former Giants running back Ottis Anderson, who won two Super Bowl rings and rushed for more than 10,000 yards, will also not be attending.

Basketball Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes will still come to Mechanicville on Saturday to sign autographs from noon to 1 and also to appear at “The Show” Girls Elite 100 Showcase also being held at the high school.

The basketball showcase is being run by former UAlbany basketball player Will Harris. He said about 115 girls’ players entering the sixth to ninth grades from around the country have signed up for the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday.

Besides Swoopes’ appearance, Harris said former Niskyuna star and current Syracuse player Olivia Owens will be on hand to work with the girls and speak to them from a player’s perspective about what it takes to reach a high-level college.

Harris said the autograph expo was originally intended as a fundraiser for his AAU program, Team Takeoff, before deciding to hold it concurrently with this weekend’s basketball event.

“Very disappointed about the autograph expo not happening,” Harris said. “But Mollie, she’s great and sometimes things like this happen where it’s out of their control. But Sheryl will still be there for our event, which is the main reason why she was coming, anyway.”

Bracigiliano said she would still like to bring an autograph show involving Boggs to the Capital Region, possibly early next year. She said she has already handled refunds to anyone who purchased tickets for Saturday’s show.

 

 

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