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July 12, 2009
slomo
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: why arent there any 50 and older teams in Tennessee

I've often wondered that myself. I played in SPA at Dalton,2007 and there was a team in the 60's from Chattanooga. Nice team but I think they were the only Tn team there,but not sure. We played a nice size tournament in Memphis a few yrs back but that tourney died. It is rather amazing the lack of teams in your state and also Arkansas. Hope you can hook up with somebody because this wonderful game can be the source of so much fun (and frustration!) for us seniors.
June 30, 2009
slomo
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Passing of "The Franchise"

I'm sad to report that Harold "The Franchise" DuPont passed away this last Friday. Harold planned Senior Softball for 18 years with US Pallet, Chicago Classics, and most recently the Budweiser Major Plus team. Harold loved tournament ball and wanted to play every inning of every game and usually did. He was not the best hitter, fielder, or runner, but he did all three very, very well and rarely got hurt despite playing all out. He was a great teammate and friend and a pleasure to coach. To the DuPont family we pass on our sincere condolences. Rest well "Franchise"!!
May 17, 2009
slomo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

Wagon487. That's COLD!!!
March 24, 2009
slomo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

I have to agree with you guys about the move from Champlaign. Rudy worked tirelessly to build this tourney to the best, by far, in the Midwest. I don't know why it was moved but there must be a reason. Hope the move to Chicago area doesn't keep anyone home because for teams in the Midwest that can't or won't travel far, this tourney is as good as it gets! Just my opinion.
March 16, 2009
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Taking Chances

hitt2, I haven't seen the movie yet but I want to add to your post that this movie is TRUE. No Hollywood bull#&%^ !!! None needed.
We all know you can't believe in much of anything anymore (Wall St, Media,Gov,etc). But there is, and always has been one thing we can all be proud of- the American Soldier. I'm not naieve enough to think everyone who ever wore the uniform did so honorably. But the vast majority of our soldiers should be proud of the service to our nation. If only we could even come close to saying the same for our elected "leaders!?!"
Dec. 1, 2008
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of your favorite Famous quotes, lines or sayings?

remark made to our 60 yr old team prior to our 5th game of the day in 90 deg Florida wx (there are 3 of us, all OFers, running for everyone including coach who catchs and trots to first and gets one of us to run): " let's be aggresive on the basepaths!!!"
Oct. 21, 2008
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not Directly Related to Softball, But...

I was with the 366th TAC Fighter Wing at DaNang RVN in 69 and 70 (13 months). About 5 years ago my granddaughter found my dogtags and I decided to wear them and haven't taken them off since. Last year in a senior tourney as I was changing into a dry shirt for our next game a guy from the Chicago Classics came over to me and asked me if I had served in Nam. He had seen my tags. I replied I had and he said Thank you for your service. No one had ever said that to me personally and I completley lost it. My granddaughter said pa-pa why are you upset did you make another out! I told her I wasn't upset, I was proud. We have 5 Viet-Nam Vets on our team and to a man we thank God we made it home to the GREATEST country in the WORLD!!!!
Aug. 4, 2008
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RAINOUT IN ISA NATIONALS IN BRIDGETON MO

The Bridgeton Complex is outstanding, especially compared to what we in STL had prior. I agree the 3 lower fields weren't very good but they were OK. No team should have had to play all their games on the lower 3 though. Our team played all but one there. In our division (60 AAA) the competition was severe. The Michigan Express was by far the strongest 60 team I've EVER seen at any 60 level and I played in the TOC. Why they are AAA is a mystery to me and to the other 60 teams (Major included!) I spoke with. But that is what it is.
Overall I thought the Tourney was going pretty well till Sunday Morning. A 30 minute downpour destroyed what I hoped would be a good experiece for senior ballplayers from around the country. Everyone I spoke to in STL was hoping this tourney would continue to grow as it has for the last 3 years because we haven't had a complex worthy enough to host a good senior event, We now have that complex and I am afraid this tourney may die because of the bad vibes, some valid, some not so valid, expressed here.
I'm no expert on this (just a senior jock like you guys) but I would have worked on the main complex ( 6 well draining fields) and maybe start back up by noon. Go to a 2-2 count so batters MUST swing at anything close. I think games would move pretty quickly with that format. The WX was beautiful after the initial downpour so the fields got better as the day went on. Would that have satisfied everybody? No way because, as in any tourney there were mismatches which insured hurt feelings. All I can say is STL could be a great place for a senior tourney, with it's central location and now a nice complex. But if you don't have everybody on the same page and the unexpected happens (which it usually does!) chaos will follow. On behalf of my fellow St Louisians we thank you for coming. I wish your experience in our city had been as close as possible to perfect as can be. Don't know where you should place the blame if it came up short (Mother Nature, TD, Fields, competition, senior moment crabbiness, all of the above!) but all our local teams wish to thank you for coming and hope we are able to host another Senior tourney in the future.
July 29, 2008
slomo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Picking Up Players for Tournaments (long post)

I too think this is a good idea. My team doesn't travel as much as i would like, nor do I agree with some of the tourney selections. I would love to play 2 per month but that will never happen with my guys. Also it's rare for us to travel more than 250 miles. So what to do? I WANT to play with my homies (hip lingo huh!) as we are all local players and I think that's neat! But the lack of playing in national and regional tourneys is very frustrating to me. I have in the past hooked up with other teams for a specific tourney, always with permission. But I always felt kind of like a interloper. I met some really good guys this way but my heart has always been with my home team. All of that being said I think TT and Taits are on to something. If monitored properly this could work!!!
May 22, 2008
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: One player dies, 5 seriously injured

Sad scenario. Don't know these guys but if they are like 98% of the guys I've met in Senior Ball they are good people. Bless them. While I'm not ready to go anytime soon I've asked the Lord to take me as I'm rounding second in an 80 and over championship game. Dying on the couch with the clicker in my hand just doesn't seem right. SLOMO
Dec. 28, 2007
slomo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Springfiled MO

jold timer, your e-mail address doesn't work. We may be interested in playing.
Oct. 30, 2007
slomo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament in the Midwest

fourfiveslot, there is an established senior league in the STL area. Yes! we would love to have another tourney in the local area. We've had the ISA Senior Nationals the last two years at the new complex in Bridgeton. I think it may grow. But that is the ONLY senior tourney here. If you would like to consider hosting one please leave a contact # or e-mail and I'll get in touch.
Aug. 23, 2007
slomo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Wanting to play in Dalton

My team is not going to Dalton. I want to play and am a 60 AAA guy with decent wheels and high on base avg. I play OF, 2nd or SS. Live in Missouri. If anyone needs a good team player and I\'m eligible to play, I\'d like to hear from you. 314-517-5994.
Aug. 20, 2007
slomo
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1 and 1 count-interesting comment

I agree with Gary. I too am tired of playing 5-6 innings in tournaments. Let's get a full game in once in a while, The 1-1 count is a way to do that. This is afterall slow pitch- It's not like hitting a 90 mph fastball.
March 19, 2007
slomo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for an over 50 team in st louis

Greg53, we have several over 50 teams in STL. There are two leagues. Call me at 314-517-5994
March 13, 2007
slomo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to join a team in the St. Louis, Mo. area

Vacumn, contact me at 314-517-5994
Jan. 31, 2007
slomo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 45 over league in St Charles Missouri or city of St Louis, Missouri

deafguy, get in touch with me at mrherod@sbcglobal.net
Jan. 8, 2007
slomo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pick-up Softball

Is there any place in Central or North Florida where a guy could go and play some pick-up ball 3-4 times per week with seniors. I would like to spend the next month or so playing some rec ball and even a tournament or two if I were eligible. I'm a 60's AA guy that misses this stuff terribly and I would sure like to get a lot of ball in for the next 4-6 weeks if the body allows.
April 25, 2006
slomo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II's for sale

thanx for the responses. Both bats sold
April 25, 2006
slomo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II's for sale

I have 2 brand new (NIW) 30 oz Miken ULtra II\'s. If interested please email at mrherod@sbcglobal.net
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