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Steve

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kimberly, AL

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Men's 60

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March 11, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

Omar, you are so right. Even though it became an bit irritating on hearing the other team's name from the pressbox every time we started a game, it was quite satisfying to know we were the team who won. To be honest, it still feels pretty good all these years later!!
March 10, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oldest Senior Participant

Tater, does feeling old count?
March 10, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat/ball combos of yesteryear

DD, in the 50's, our first baseballs were green walnuts wrapped in black tape. We whittled our bats out of tree limbs. This was in "outback" Alabama. The balls would last about half the summer.
March 10, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

Samg, quite a lump in my throat as I type this. Thank you for taking the time to share.

One more from me, if it is o.k. to do so.

1972, 21 years old, just back from Vietnam. I joined my uncle and his friend on a baseball team in the Birmingham Amateur Baseball Federation. Our town team and the adjoining community team battled for first place all year. We wound up tied for first and our playoff game kept getting rained out.

The first place team was to go to a national tournament in our area. Teams from several states, including Ohio were there. The Cincinnati team eventually won it.

Our playoff game wound up being played on Friday night before the tourney began on Saturday. Our opponent was player/coached by a former professional baseball pitcher. The league was so confident that we would lose to them they went ahead and printed the brochure for the national tourney with our opponent's name as the Alabama representative.

I started pitching for our team. Coach saved himself for the next day's competition. Bottom of the ninth and we are tied 3/3. We are the home team. Our number 8 hitter gets a single. I lay down the most beautiful bunt of my life, down the first base line. Their pitcher fields it and overthrows to second. Our runner is one who slides into second and then ends standing up. In one motion, he slides, rounds second, and makes it safely to third.

Time is called, coach comes out of the dugout,does not throw a warmup pitch. Runners on first and third; pitcher fires a 90 mph fastball. Catcher cannot handle and our runner slides home for the winning run!

We played the next 2 days in the national tourney under their name and eventually Cincinnati eliminated us.
March 6, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

Omar, what a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing and I trust that it stirred some emotions in others as it did me.

Would love to hear from others.
March 5, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

1962--13 & 14 years old baseball league. Our coach was a great guy, but not a very good coach. We were not a very good team either. My uncle, 8 months older, pitched a no-hitter and we lost 4/3. My good friend, Wayne, also pitched a no-hitter and we lost.

After an 0/17 start(!), we came to our last game of the season. All the players were there, but no coach. He had gone on vacation and did not inform us. As we were standing around, wondering aloud about what were we going to do, a man in the stands heard us. He stood up, came toward the fence and said: "I have been watching you guys all year. I think I can help." He made a number of adjustments on our defense, changed the batting order, and we defeated the first place, undefeated team who was our opponent!

To this day, I do not know who the gentleman was and have not seen him since. Do you have any memories of days gone by?
March 3, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham Tourney cancelled

Fields were already booked, so I am unable to hold our little warm-up tourney. First time in almost 20 years that I have had to cancel because of weather! Oh well, there is always next year. Thanks for your interest, here in the South.
Feb. 27, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2 Tourney in Birmingham

Due to weather conditions, the tourney is cancelled. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest. There is a possibility I can secure fields (Green Springs) for the 9th (next Saturday). I will post something later today.
Feb. 23, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Jim, I do have connections, But "He" doesn't care about my interference concerning the weather! Right now, crossed fingers is not working very well.

We will keep an eye on the weather and contact everyone by Wednesday and make a decision. today (Saturday) the forecast says 30's and snow flurries on March 2. 3 days prior to that it is to be around 60, so things can change rapidly. Thanks for your patience.
Feb. 20, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

I have touched base with everyone and all looks good for the tourney. Keep your fingers crossed for weather purposes!
Feb. 18, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Just so you know: George Ward Park is the official name for map purposes. Locally, it s known as Green Springs. Thanks
Feb. 17, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Gary, sorry we keep missing one another. I did get your message after church today. D T Express is replacing C&M Sports. Thanks very much.

We have 15 teams and look forward to seeing everyone in Birmingham. Hope you are as excited as Joe (LeftyFalcon)!
Feb. 16, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Gary, please call--one opening left
Feb. 15, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Just a reminder: I did not list the entire schedule. I gave just the first games for 5 teams in each pool. First games for some teams are not until noon, however, that means 3 of the 10 a.m. teams will have played their second game by 1 p.m.
Feb. 14, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Wondering

about the total number of tournament teams in the state of California. Does anyone have an idea? I ask because there are probably no more than a dozen teams in the state of Alabama. I know that difference in population is a factor; but, I would like to hear your thoughts on other reasons.
When I started getting a 50/over team together ten years ago, I called 75 men whom I had grown up with and played baseball and softball together over the years. Two men were still active and playing softball, but would not even consider tournaments. Is it simply a matter of too much fried food?!
Feb. 14, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

Please forgive my poor grammar (has had). We still have 14 teams and can take one more.
Feb. 14, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

C&M Sports has had to drop from tourney. I will make adjustments. If another team is interested in joining, please let me know.
Feb. 14, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WORST OUTFIELDER-In Your Opinion

Years ago, our LCfielder was running hard toward the fence, looking back for the ball and our RCfielder yelled "plenty of room" just before the LCfielder's forehead connected with the top crossbar of the fence. Knocked him out. For the rest of the year, whenever a fly ball was hit, the entire team yelled "plenty of room"!
Feb. 13, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

We will play at: George Ward Park
331 16th Ave S.
Birmingham, Alabama
35209
Feb. 13, 2013
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: March 2, Warm-Up Tourney in Birmingham

3 GG, 1/1 count w/extra foul, 5 HR's-then walks, entry fee is $225, includes umpires and 6 softballs. Please bring cash if possible; I can give receipts.

You can also use official SSUSA and SPA softballs, 44/375.

10 a.m. games: James Crim vs. Ga/Al
Dixie Seniors vs. Atlanta Recycling
Swarm vs. C&M Sports

11 a.m. games: Extreme Heat vs. R&P landscaping
Columbus 55's vs. FMSI
Southern Elite vs. Strykers

Noon games: James Crim vs. James Beard
Dixie Seniors vs. Memphis Edge
Swarm vs. Monsters

My e-mail is: dbelc37183@aol.com, please verify with me if possible that you have seen your first game time above. Otherwise, I will call this coming Monday. My phone is 205-647-2881. Thanks, Steve
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