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Feb. 2, 2010
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Steve Dimitri,what a pleasure to meet you.You are the "encyclopedia" of softball.I think only the seniors that have always been "tuned in'would know who you are.As far as my knowledge, I always watched the "big boys" years ago.I played on A & B teams ,but had friends on Major & Super Major teams.I played in the old Tullahoma Tn. Tournaments many times & went to the Conway Twitty to follow Starpath or anywhere else they were playing if it was convenient....Any one remember Joey Raby ? He used to amaze me because he was about 6' tall & about 170 & could hit the ball as far as the large guys.How about Clemente's out of N Carolina.They had a pitcher that did all kinds of antics.He had a "laughing box" in his back pocket that he would engage while the pitch was on its way to the batter.Then,he had some Dr Spock ears that he would wear while pitching.And he would stand on 2nd & run toward the mound,do a flip land back on his feet & release the ball.I dont know what his name was.
Jan. 2, 2010
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Pain

OK Bruce here's the skinny about my knees.You are getting a calling card from your knees.They are saying "HELLO"....I had a total knee done in Feb.I was playing again in June....I did & still do the synvec shots(3)....They take about a month to react...I did not play in 2008 because of pain...My doc will only give them or cortisone once a year.He says injections must be staggered, time wise.....He told me to not play ball again and the knee will last 15 yrs...The other knee is also a candidate....They both hurt Monday and Tuesday after a weekend tournament.Only way I can play is with pain pills.How many guys go with this routine?....Bottom line-,you will be fine for quite a while.....PS,my doc says anyone with total knee replacement and plays sports is crazy.It is dangerous to go back in the new knee and do repairs...RON
Dec. 30, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Butch,Danny has some health issues.But he still follows his 3 favorite teams.RIVERSIDE-JIM&JOES & OG'S.Cant play anymore.He did play on KY BOURBONS but not JIFFY.The "A" team he was on was JESSE'S,arch rival of JIFFY.Joe coached JESSE'S.....RON
Dec. 29, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

JLD,do remember JAMES BOYETT'S batting style?He didnt hold the bat on his shoulders or up & extended out.He held it down at his waist & was cocked.Yes,GATTI played pro football in an old league that only lasted a few yrs....BUTCH you saw ROGER WILT.He is lefthanded & compact like GATTI....He is the only player I know of playing Senior Ball that was on STARPATH,besides MEADE.
Dec. 29, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

JDL930- A couple of guys I played Babe Ruth Baseball with played for JIFFY & I knew them all.I was with ASA Major Industrial Champ,GE WACOS...I was refering to 1971 & 1972 Mens Major. Yes, Bert Smith was with the VA team & MVP 1971.....In 1972 Ardnt & Bill Gatti both had almost identical batting avgs ,while Cobbie Harrison outhit both of them 29-32.Ardnt got MVP while playing on the 3rd plce team...Bill still looks good & can hit the ball,he is about 57 but does not play anymore.No JIFFY players play Senior Softball.
Dec. 28, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

JLD930-I think the Pile Drivers from Virginia Beach won the 1971 ASA Nat'l.You guys did a heck of a job in that tourney finishing 6th....do you remember seeing Bill Gatti his team JIFFY CLUB? 4th or 5th.Bill was 13-15 9 hrs......JIFFY CLUB came back the following year 1972 & won ASA MAJOR...But something very interesting happened when the awards were handed out.After the All American team was named ,everyone was anxiously waiting to hear who would be the MVP. Everyone thought it would be a toss - up between BILL GATTI (20-28,12 hrs&28 rbi's)and COBBIE HARRISON ,both of JIFFY. Cobbie went an amazing (29-32 with 13 hrs&22 rbi's). Every body was tense until the announcer said "and now for the MVP of the 1972 ASA Mens Major,Don Arndt of the HOWARDS FURNITURE"....HOWARDS FINISHED 3rd.Bless his soul & I know he played great,but no one could ever figure that one out.
Dec. 27, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Yes,this is all good stuff compared to the constant rhetoric that has been going on this site recently.We never want to forget the good times we had with softball years ago.CRUSADER...I know Derek and Arlis.I remember Bill Scillian when he played with the KY BOURBONS.That is part of my reason for this thread.There is only one guy from the BOURBONS playing senior ball (Harry Young-Jim&Joe)Also 1978 ASA Major Champ-JIFFY CLUB,has no-one that plays Senior Softball....Didnt Joe Pepitone have something to do with softball in the 70's.Either playing or sponsoring?
Dec. 26, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

I introduced Doug Gerdes to a pitch in the USSSA Major Industrial in 1976 at Dearborn MI.Ford Motor Complex.He calmly hit it over the rt.ctr.fence.That shot put us in the losers bracket first game.We won 7 in a row to finish 4th at 7-2.(60 teams)....We played against "Mighty" Joe Young 5 yrs ago in NSA Senior in Gadsden Ala.He murdered the ball.He said he has a kot of back problems & probably would not be playing Senior Ball anymore..."Big" Miller (Pittsburg)-one of the biggest guys I have ever faced on a softball field.....Who remembers Don Ardnt & Mike Parrott? I have heard they have passed on.They were 2 amazingly deceiveingly built guys that could hittem over the light poles.I doubt if either one of them ever lifted weights. God bless their souls.
Dec. 24, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

HUNDREDS of great players that would be in their 50's or 60's now seem to be only a few now.WHERE are the guys that played on the big teams from the 60's,70's & 80's,that would be in their 50's or 60's now.Teams such as JERRY'S CATERING ,CAMPBELL CARPET,SMYTHE SOX,WARREN MOTORS,HOWARDS,DAVE CARROLLS,KEN SANDERS,COUNTY SPORTS,YORK, BUNCA,TAYLOR BROS.,RICH'S,STEELES,COPPER HEARTH,WARREN MOTORS, DANS,STARPATH.MARLTON,ELITE COATING,VERNONS,MANATEE,NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS,LE-ALCO, NEW CONSTRUCTION,RULE CONSTRUCTION,KENTUCKY BOURBONS,CINN-SUDS,DETROIT CAESARS,SNYDERS,BUNCA,PITT-HARD HATS,MILL-SCHLITZ,FT.WAYNE,BROKEN DRUM,LILLY AIR,NELSON PAINT,CAPITOL INSULATION,ROCHESTER EXPRESS,GOOFYS,MINN-NORSE KINGS,BALTIMORE MONUMENTS,CLEVELAND JAYBIRDS,NEW YORK CLIPPERS,CHICAGO STORM,SOFTBALL CITY...ETC,ETC,ETC...Guys like Billy White Shoes,Bill Gatti,Dennis Graeser,Doug Gerdes,Johnny Dollar,Phil Higgins,Benny Holt,Big Miller,Dana Andry,Mike Nye,Ronnie Ford,Bert Smith,Rick Pinto,,,ETC,ETC,ETC....Are any of you guys still with us.There are "Hundreds" of you guys MIA.....PLEASE CHECK IN AND NAME YOUR TEAM if you play Senior Softball....Nourishing food for thought for the holidays to get away from the rhetoric...Let us here from you.Merry Christmas to all and to all a good year (2010).
Dec. 22, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: divisions

I would venture to say that a large majority of Major Plus players did it well when they young & they can still do it well...Where as,many aa,aaa & some majors happen to be in good shape.There are hundreds of former good softball players,over 50, that do not play any more,simply for lots of reasons.But I will bet that their current health status & because of that they have a lack of desire to get back in shape or they feel like they are too far gone to attempt to play again is the main culprit.Coming in second place would be the family thing & after that would be the work thing....I say that because in my city during the 70's & 80's we had a pro team & a couple of ASA Major champ teams,along with a host of other B,C&D champs.Very few of those guys are playing senior today.I have talked many times with guys from various parts of the nation & they say the same thing about their home towns former players.....So guys give yourself a pat on the back and Merry Christmas.
Dec. 22, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournament of Champions, Florida

Is that possible?Do they allow pickups?Good Question.
Dec. 16, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Outfielder

On the subject of fast, sure handed gloves.Jim & Joes 60 major ,left fielder John White & 65yr old Ed Perry in left center are gazells.They have uncanny speed for their age & I would back this pair in a 50 yd dash with any 2 players on any team in the 60 divisionEd perry is 65.I know of no 65 yr old that can run as fast and hard as him.They also have 4 other players that can really scoot too.And Einstein couldnt" carry the water to keep their 2 pitchers cool".
Dec. 6, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Real Einstein

Two other true facts:Adolph Hitler owned property in Colorado.And.Frank Sinatra starred in a movie called "Come Blow Your Horn".
Oct. 30, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Garocket-Riegal Rifles History

Corky-Like your input on Industrial ball.Talking about teams & tournaments from yesteryear is so much more refreshing than reading all of that rhetoric crap about balls...Yes I think I do remember Allison Transmission.I was with GE in Louisville.We had 2 teams at the same time that were ASA Industrial powerhouses(Wacos)& (Local 761)-70's & 80's...I also remember playing in the USSSA Indiana State in 79'& 80' in Anderson Indiana.Their local team (Delco Remy)was tough.
Oct. 30, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Garocket-Riegal Rifles History

No Bruce,the Le-Alco Storms were a Major Open Team from Lebanon Tn.Not far from Nashville.They had some BIG boys.I "think" that Windell Rickard & Jason Kindrick got their start with them when they were young.Probably the only person from Lebanon Tn.was the sponsor.....Pio-O-Dixie? That does comes to mind.I remember playing a team called "Rule Construction" in the finals of a tourney outside of Knoxville (Louden Tn) in about 77'. I think the said they had won the Pic-o-Dixie before. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Richard Howard once.Never forget it.I heard that the great Don Ardnt passed about 4 yrs ago.
Oct. 29, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Garocket-Riegal Rifles History

Garocket you bring back memories when you mentioned those Industrial teams.I played against most all of them and more...The big Industrial tournament held in Chattanooga in the 70's annually, was a showcase of whos who in the south and east coast.And they would put the scores and highlites in the newspaper each morning.Were you there?
Oct. 28, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls in general

Garocket talk to me .You brought back memories when you mentioned those Industrial teams.I played against most all of them and more.I played with GE Wacos (1978 ASA Major Industrial Champs) and (GE Local 761 ASA Class A Natl Industrial Champs). WHO WERE YOU WITH ?
Oct. 15, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SAFETY FIRST

Yes,I agree,regardless of what anyone thinks,the senior bats are here to stay,like it or not.Myself,I rarely comment on the senior site.BUT,I do read the msg board alot.50% of the disscussions posted on the site are guys "tooting their horn" about how many home runs they hit & how far they go.All the while,they are using composite bats & a 20 mile an hr wind blowing out...A pitcher got seriously injured,the thread began with many guys offering there heartfelt condolaces.About half way through about 20 or so responces,the pitchers condition took a seat.Here came the horn blowers talking about the bats ,balls ,& home runs....Now lets get to the PPR. As a pitcher,I & my teammates have always said that I possess "the fastest hands in senior softball" & have made some wildest catches you have ever seen,glove and bare handed.I have been in "jawing matches" before in tense games with opponents.I would "beg" them to hit it at me.I would never entertain the thought of wearing any type of protection.And that includes sun glasses.They are dangerous for any pitcher to wear.You lose a small "edge" on the on coming ball....BUT NOW I AM HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS.Why?...Two weeks ago,my home grown (no pickups)60 Major team was playing a league game, in the dark, against a 50 Major team.A big guy hit a line drive about 12 inches high directly over my head.It happened so fast that my glove hand never reacted at all. I am now thinking more seriously about the PPR since this happened.That being if SENIOR SOFTBALL made every pitcher wear a mask I would probably go along with it.The screen? That would be senseless....RG
Sept. 25, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: JC Phelps

Fellow seniors,go to You Tube & enter JC Phelps.You will see the magnatude he brought to softball.He was one of the 4 guys (Long Haul Bombers)that toured the major league parks, putting on exhibitions before games,hittin 460'bombs.His sister said that over 1000 people came to the funeral home.Also,he was actually 41 yrs old.
Sept. 22, 2009
jimjoes-gman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: JC Phelps

Thanks Bruce & JAH#4.You guys know what you are talking about.For those of you that have never heard of JC Phelps,he was one of the top 5 hitters in the world.The den is his home looks like a museum with all of his awards.JC was 45 yrs old.He was boat riding Fri.afternoon on Lake Cumberland in his home state of Kentucky,with his daughter,when he was stricken.She called Myra & 911 & got the attention of some other boaters.Some are in the medical field.They did manage to get him to the hospital before his heart stopped.I met JC 20 yrs ago.Saw him last summer at a SUPER MAJOR in IND.He gave me a big smile & asked me what have I been up to.I told him that I have been playing SENIOR SOFTBALL for 12 yrs & how big it is nationwide.Right away with his big friendly grin he said " well,Im 44,ya think you can get me on a team when Im 50?"
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