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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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Angola, IN

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Men's 55

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Sept. 20, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although I can not attend due to recent medical problems, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend to every team & player combined with my currently sponsored team "Banker & Mann" Softball Club participating in this year's World Master Championships, my personal best wishes for success! Enjoy your moments upon the field of play!

"PLAY HARD, PLAY SAFE AND PLAY DEDICATED TO THE GREAT GAME OF SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL"

G.R. "Sparky" Mann
Co-Sponsor
"Banker & Mann" Softball Club
Sept. 7, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: ozzie canseco looking. to play with Florida or Georgia team in las Vegas

You also can play with an Alabama club as well!
Sept. 6, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WMC schedules

Back in the good 'ol days, had a club participate in a 132-team bracket at the Canton Complex (outside of Detroit) for the U.S.S.S.A. National Qualifier. Lost our first game and played 14 games in the weekend including a scheduled game at 12 midnight. Still have the bracket sheet from the tourney in which we came through the loser's bracket to finish 5th and qualify.
Sept. 2, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Jose and Ozzie Canseco looking to play 50 and over together in Las Vegas September tournament

My bad....You are correct Warren60!
Sept. 2, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Jose and Ozzie Canseco looking to play 50 and over together in Las Vegas September tournament

Back in the Pro-days, the "Detroit Caesars" signed Norm Cash & Mickey Stanley (both former Detroit Tigers) to contracts. They could play some very good defense but couldn't hit a lick with the 12" ball thrown underhand to them. They didn't last too long but did sell some serious tickets because of their names.
Aug. 23, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

and while we're on the subject, with all of $$$$$ being made on senior tournaments, you'd think tourney's like the Northern, Western, Eastern & Southern and perhaps a few more, would think about a "Paid Entry Fee" into the Worlds to the winning division clubs.
Aug. 23, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

To make my point further, my current club (Banker & Mann) is currently playing in the Northern Championships which is about an easy 1-hour drive from me home and I refuse to attend because I have lost the "love for the game" due to the current state of affairs with Senior Softball and the Associations that operate them.
Aug. 23, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Excellent points of view Pricer........Both you & LeeLee50 have solid targets but it still comes to play with SSUSA & the Bat Manufactures plus all of the other $$$$$ making sectors they control......For the most part as a Senior Softball Club Sponsor, it's like me cutting a check for the Green Fees to allow a group of guys to go play a weekend's worth of Golf. No more, no less. These Senior Associations give absolutely no respect or acknowledgement to Sponsors (unlike the old days when they were Gold)......Just bring in the large numbers and $$$$$$$!
Aug. 22, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Closing the thread ?

Typical but they own this site. There are just certain discussions that they feel justified closing instead of continuing the topic discussion. Don't feel left out, this is typical.
Aug. 22, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Well said Omar!
Aug. 22, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

the "VIAGRA STICK".............Outstanding nickname LeeLEE50!.....and very appropriate!
Aug. 19, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Not if the Umpires used were at the minimun District Certified (a.k.a. A.S.A.) and did a required Pre-Game BAT inspection.
Aug. 19, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Been alluding to the same fact of "greed" for the past few years that the "powers/leadership" of these senior associations are and have been in bed with the bat manufactures for the $$$$$. They would NEVER ALLOW aluminum bats and blue dot balls to ever re-appear within the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.
Aug. 19, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

It would be outstanding especially since it would "bring" all of these "supposed-power hitters" back to Earth. They couldn't hit their "dingers" back even with a golf ball & the wind at their backs in the old days and these "senior's only" bats of today, make them feel like Babe Ruth. My 38 oz Barrel Bomb Bat was a joy to use and very dependable and had a guarantee to boot.

Aluminum bats and Blue, Red and Hot Dots.......When the game was beautiful to play and forced a player to use his/her "God-given skills & abilities and not be aided by modern technology.
Aug. 15, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament? Or ?...

Exactly the point I have made for the past 3 seasons......Boz is correct in his statement "Was is about the money" and so is Rightrj1 "Pay their entry fee".......SSUSA like the other Senior Associations is all about the all-mighty $$$$$$$$........Regardless!
Aug. 12, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Been alluding to the same fact of "greed" for the past few years that the "powers/leadership" of the senior associations are and have been in bed with the bat manufactures for the $$$$$. Your facts are strong HJ but like most statements & results regarding this continued financial greed, falls on deft ears!
Aug. 7, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas!!

Fabe: Keeping my fingers crossed and good thoughts with the severe weather heading for the islands. Stay dry & safe my friend! Sparky
July 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: northern (Lansing)

"Banker & Mann" Softball will be there in 55 Major which hopefully is played at the Potterville venue and not in East Lansing.
July 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Starting Pitcher Needed

Have acquired a Pitcher for Vegas so our roster is set!
July 28, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLDS

The highlight of the tourney for Banker & Mann was being down by 6 to Old Style/Windy City in the bottom of the 7th and scoring 7 straight runs with no outs to win the game and reach the championship against Kinnco.
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