On Nov. 30, Eastchester’s Bravest and Finest took to Haindl Field for the 8th annual Mickey Spillane’s Turkey Bowl, a yearly battle for charity–and bragging rights.
The Eastchester Police Department emerged victorious, handing the fire department a 20-6 loss, but the bigger goal for the Saturday event was to raise money for the family of Eastchester DPW worker Nick Farella, who was killed on the job in October.
Eastchester policeman George Castellano, who has played in the game for the past four years said that, although the Turkey Bowl game may have been for fun, the Finest certainly prepared for the Saturday contest.
“We had a few practices,” he said. “We also had a couple scrimmages against some teams of kids who were 25-and-up to get ready.”
After the game, players and fans alike headed to Mickey Spillane’s, where prizes for the 50/50 and television raffles were announced.
“It’s absolutely always good to go out there with the cops and the fire department,” said Castellano. “We just wanted to do anything we could to raise some money.”
-Reporting by Mike Smith