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Real name:
Dr. Gregory R. Mann (a.k.a. )

Location:
Angola, IN

Division:
Men's 55

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Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

We are listed as 55-AAA
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

"Sparky" Mann Enterprises
Antique Roadshow (Indianapolis, IN)
Chicago Classics Panthers (Barlett, IL)
Chicago Prime 55's (Chicago, IL)
Golden Vipers (Washington, MI)
Milwaukee Merchants (Milwaukee, WI)

Everyone else is Majors!
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

My bad.........As sponsor, I am so use to listing "Sparky" Mann Enterprises as SME.

I only saw (six) 6 50-AAA teams instead of (seven) 7. Did I miss anyone? The other 5 teams in the 50's are Major.
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

Any other 50+AAA clubs participating in the upcoming Northern Championships? S.M.E. will be there. Any word on the posting of the brackets at mid-week?
Aug. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

I remember the days back in the 70's & 80's when the bats were Bottle and weighed up to 38 oz. (Bombats come to mind and I was never ever a power hitter but I could spray the ball down both lines and middle and hit for the high average).

As I mentioned in my earlier post, this is my first season in Seniors and since "father time" has laid his big ugly paw on me, I can no longer play but being fortunate financially, I can and am sponsoring a men's 55+AAA club and am having a blast.

I just for the life of me can not figure out the purpose of using these high tech expensive bats and softballs that even new, could not stand up to the ones we used in batting practice back in the day.

It just seems strange to watch players that I have seen in the past who were never any type of power hitter seemingly becoming a power hitter in their Senior years. They have lost many, many steps, lost much of their arm strength throwing the ball, reaction-time is completely slowed down and yet, they are now possessed with the power to hit the rock out of the park.


Aug. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

I remember hitting the old Harwood Softball with a Wood bat. The first aluminum bat we ever used was a joke. My 2nd baseman hit a pitch and he was left standing with just the rubber handle as the aluminum portion flew into left field and man, did it sound funny as well.

We learned that you could put a bunch of different items in them as well like golf & super balls, etc.

I am truly amazed at the home run hitters these new bats have created. I have never seen so many guys that I remember playing with and against that never hit a HR (unless in the park) and now, they are the second coming of the Babe!
Aug. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: northern Championship

Where are you guys from? My club will be there in the 55+AAA division { "SPARKY" MANN ENTERPRISES }. Hope to play against a bunch of clubs in our division but if it is typical, we'll only see a couple and play mostly against the Majors once again.

Sure am getting tired of not seeing clubs within our division this year but o'well, at least we are still playing.

Probably see a bunch in Vegas next month however!
May 5, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

This will be quick and to the point. With the continuing "bash Sparky" crap on the SSUSA memo board combined with three (3) rather nasty E-mails I received today with no names except the email address which were Yahoo server generated, I have had enough.

The 3rd of these emails went one step further and submitted an attachment supposedly a picture of some team and as I began to open it, my virus program went into action and eliminated a virus that the attachment was attempting to download.

You guys win. Be proud of your accomplishment. I am going to stay retired and will no longer seek any further involvement as a Sponsor within the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.

Sparky

May 4, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Now that everyone has chimed in about this subject matter, let get a few things straighten out. Right off the bat, I have heard directly via email & phone conversations, that this club of "jsheeran's" while a very good unit, does have a couple of "questionable attitude" players on the club including the one from Eaton Rapids. If this particular player has lived in ER for some length of time, he probably played in the Eaton Rapids Softball Association of which, I was the Association's UIC for 15 years.

Secondly, this so called "favorite son" that "Omar Khayyam" refers to and others feel that I would be just buying a club for him to play on, has been my friend, sponsor and player on many of the teams I managed over the years. I never called for him to be a starter, guarantee playing time, etc. That is up to the manager period. I am extremely new to the SSUSA and minor-sponsored his club for the past couple of years. These players that had a problem with him, I can guarantee it wasn't about his talent, attitude or sponsorship. It was his "managerial skills" that were the problem, as he played, sponsored and tried his best to manage his club to the negative thought pattern from some of the players.

Third and finally, I have appreciated the supportive response received during this entire matter. This game was extremely good to me and I just wanted to become part of it again after retiring from the game I loved over 15-years ago.

For those of you that have expressed your thoughts that I was simply spending a bunch of money just to have my way as a Sponsor or how did "swing for the fences" put it "strings attached", wake up & smell the coffee gentlemen. If any of you would like to see a small sample of my credentials within the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball, quit hiding behind this cloak of secrecy know as the message board and email me direct ( grm.phd@gmail.com ) and I will submit some documented attachments of my 25+ year Managerial Career with the ASA and USSSA which culminated with the honor of establishing the current National Record for Managerial Career Victories which to date, still stands at #1,544 Career Wins.

Sparky
May 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club



I guess "old school softball" is dead. I was not expecting the big "pissing match" that is currently ongoing: I wanted to give back to the game that had been so good to me for 25+ years and I guess the game I remember no longer exist.

I can not and will not tolerate this "new school chatter softball" especially since they want to bring my name into it and therefore, I will not be coming back to the game after a 15-year retirement to sponsor.

My deepest apologies for any inconvenience and my sincere best wishes for your continued success and that of your clubs for the upcoming season.

Sparky
May 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

I guess "old school softball" is dead. I was not expecting the big "pissing match" that is currently ongoing:

http://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread=103605&message_topic_id=wanted_players

I wanted to give back to the game that had been so good to me for 25+ years and I guess the game I remember no longer exist.

I can not and will not tolerate this "new school chatter softball" especially since they want to bring my name into it and therefore, I will not be coming back to the game after a 15-year retirement to sponsor.

My deepest apologies for any inconvenience and my sincere best wishes for your continued success and that of your club for the upcoming season.

Sparky
May 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Will be considering any other possible US regions if I don't receive some possibilities within the requested region within a couple of weeks.

If interested, please contact me direct: grm.phd@gmail.com

Sparky
May 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Will be considering any other possible US regions if I don't receive some possibilities within the requested region within a couple of weeks.

If interested, please contact me direct: grm.phd@gmail.com

Sparky
April 30, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

I would like to investigate the possibly of sponsoring an "established" men's unit with the Mid-Michigan region which would include Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Financing up to 10K is a distinct possibility depending upon the level and extent of overall league & tournament qualifications. I am looking for a unit that is dedicated to "playing the game" not "playing at the game". In other words, old-school softball.

Impress me with your unit's qualifications and perhaps we can "rock & roll" in 2013.

G.R. "Sparky" Mann {ret.}
"Sparky" Mann Enterprises

grm.phd@gmail.com
April 30, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

I would like to investigate the possibly of sponsoring an "established" men's unit with the Mid-Michigan region which would include Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Financing up to 10K is a distinct possibility depending upon the level and extent of overall league & tournament qualifications. I am looking for a unit that is dedicated to "playing the game" not "playing at the game". In other words, old-school softball.

Impress me with your unit's qualifications and perhaps we can "rock & roll" in 2013.

G.R. "Sparky" Mann {ret.}
"Sparky" Mann Enterprises

grm.phd@gmail.com
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