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Real name:
Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Jan. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Cold Weather Bat

hoovedog, while I agree with you about the old aluminum bats and 47 cor balls, I will tell you that I broke a Worth Carl Rose C405 hitting in the cold weather (high 40's) this week in Dallas. They are not indestructible. The state of the game being what it is, however, that's probably the only way to get any use out of those old bats.

Last year, I bought a UTrip composite with a one year warranty for cold weather use. I broke in 10 months and I got a replacement just in time for this winter.
Dec. 24, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

Back in the early 50's my father was playing in a city fastpitch league in Rogers, AR. It was a small town, so everybody knew everyone else, but being small town Arkansas in those pre-television days, there wasn't much else to do and they took their softball pretty seriously.

One of the teams featured a good left-handed hitter named Pete Graham. Pete was especially serious about, and proud of, his hitting ability.

The other guys conspired to paint a grapefruit white, then slip it into the game. The pitcher threw Pete a legitimate fast ball well off the plate, which Pete took. Then the catcher substituted the grapefruit for the ball and returned it to the pitcher. The next pitch was a meatball and, of course, Pete swung from the heels and made solid contact. The grapefruit exploded in a thousand pieces, splattering Pete and everyone else within 50 feet

Pete lived to a ripe old age. The last time I heard anything of Pete, he would have been well into his 80's and his cronies still called him "Grapefruit."

It was a simpler time.
Dec. 18, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

Finals of the 2007 NSA World Series in Gadsden, AL, 60 AAA division. We've come back from 8 runs down in the bottom of the 7th and have one out tying run on third, winning run on first. I'm coming to bat. Getting all kinds of instructions from my teammates. "Get it on the grass." "Get it in the air." "Go to right and stay out of the double play." There's a short delay, then the umpire says "Play Ball." I take my stance ---- at the scoring plate! Umpire says "You can stand there if you like, but we're playing over here."

Do you think any of my teammates remember that I drove in the tying and winning runs to win a national tournament. Of course not! But everyone remembers me setting up to hit from the wrong plate!
Nov. 26, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching screen

Here is one source:

http://www.pitchsafe.net/

They are pricey, but work well and are easy to set up and transport.

Nov. 2, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Gary Heifner,

Don't want to get this thread off track, but who are you playing with in Florida? I will be playing with the Dallas Spurs (#8) and, if you play with the team I believe you do, we will be playing each other in the RR. Let's be sure to say hello.
Oct. 20, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70' bases at Las Vegas

I don't really have any issue with 70' bases. That being said, you shouldn't show up at the biggest tournament of the year and find you're playing with different dimensions than you've played with all season. In view of the numbers of players and wives this tournament draws, it seem somewhat small-minded for the city and/or county to refuse to make the change. As was pointed out earlier, the fields at Shadow Rock had the pegs for the shorter bases.

Sept. 15, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Launch 510

Bats Unlimited still has the gold Launch 510. $175 as of this morning, I just checked their website. My experience was that they hit well, but didn't last too long.
Aug. 15, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Staff-Masters format in Vegas

With all due respect, Gary, not all of us feel the same way. For most of us, this will be the biggest tournament we play this year, and probably the most expensive what with airfare, hotels, etc. Everyone goes wanting and hoping to win, but the fact is that 25% of the teams are going to go two and out. What a disappointment to spend all that money and get to play only four games (two pool and two bracket).

Sure it's about winning, but it's also about getting to play new teams from other parts of the country and meeting new folks. If I remember correctly you and I met at Phoenix once several years ago. The team I was with that year went two and out in bracket play.

I've done it both ways, with that team that went two and out and with a team that went all the way through the losers bracket to force the "if" game before finishing second, a total of 11 games. I've always wished there was one more game because I enjoy this tournament so much.

I'm only posting this because I know the SSUSA staff reads this board and I wanted them to know there is another viewpoint.
July 19, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sportsman's Park In St. Louis

Saw the All-Star game there that same year with my Dad.
June 29, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: teams going to Gadsden and Boaz al for NSA

Crackerbox (65+) will be there
June 3, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play Huntsman tourney and maybe some local to chicago

Larry,

Are you aware that the Huntsman games have a feature on their website that provides a place for players looking for teams to register? I don't believe we can post live links on this board, but if you copy and paste the link below in to your browser, you should be able to find it.

http://www.seniorgames.net/teamfinder/
April 23, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NSA TOURNAMENTS

I posted this earlier, but here it is again:

Discussion: What balls are going to be used by NSA this year?

I saw this on the NSA website. It doesn't directly address your question, but seems to indicate that NSA will allow senior bats in its senior tournaments this year in conjunction with the 52/275 ball.

"The Senior Division 50 years old and older divisions may use the Senior bats. The BPF may not exceed 1.21. Any Senior Play whatsoever using the Senior bats of 1.21 have to use the .52 C.O.R. 275 pound compressions softball with NO exceptions. Seniors MAY NOT use Senior Bats in any tournament or league that is NOT a Senior (all participants 50 & Over) tournament or league. Anyone caught using a Senior Bat in anything other than Senior Competition will be suspended for one (1) year immediately on the spot with no right of Appeal."

March 3, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What balls are going to be used by NSA this year?

I saw this on the NSA website. It doesn't directly address your question, but seems to indicate that NSA will allow senior bats in its senior tournaments this year in conjunction with the 52/275 ball.

"The Senior Division 50 years old and older divisions may use the Senior bats. The BPF may not exceed 1.21. Any Senior Play whatsoever using the Senior bats of 1.21 have to use the .52 C.O.R. 275 pound compressions softball with NO exceptions. Seniors MAY NOT use Senior Bats in any tournament or league that is NOT a Senior (all participants 50 & Over) tournament or league. Anyone caught using a Senior Bat in anything other than Senior Competition will be suspended for one (1) year immediately on the spot with no right of Appeal."

I have been curious about this myself, as our team always plays the NSA Senior World Series in Gadsden. They haven't allowed senior bats in past years. The curious thing is (with a tip of the hat to certain unnamed board members) that it hasn't seemed to have detracted from the competion or made the games any less fun.
Feb. 8, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Keller area

The senior leagues that I know of in the DFW Metroplex are at Trinity View Park in Irving and Heights Park in Richardson.

I believe the one at Trinity View is run by Irving Parks and Recreation.


The one in Richardson is run by Dallas Area Senior Softball Association. You can find contact information by Googling that organization.

There was a post on SoftballFans.com about starting a senior league in Lewisville. I don't know if that's gotten off the ground. I don't think you can post live links on this board, but you could cut and paste the following to see that thread:

http://forums.softballfans.com/showthread.php?t=1137602

Looks like all of these would be a pretty good drive from Keller.
Jan. 12, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Centenarian

Crusher,

I bought a Centenarian 27 Balanced in March. We hit just about every day the weather permits (and you know we've had few rainouts around here). I hit about 60 balls a day. It finally gave up the ghost in December. I work a couple of other bats in occasionally, but at least 75% of those swings were on the Centenarian. I'd guess 1500-2000.

Now you're a bigger, stronger guy than me, but I think you'll still like the durability.

I bought another one, a 27 FL. I believe it has a little more pop than the balanced version. I think it is pretty comparable my U2.
Jan. 11, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Advice

Having gone through rotator cuff surgery twice (once right, once left), I can tell you that it is possible to get good results from the surgery if you get a good therapist and convince him/her that you want to return to your sports activities at a high level. I found that, long term, surgery was the answer for me.

That being said, if you do the surgery now, count on missing most of the coming season. When I had my right shoulder (throwing arm) done at age 55, I had the Surgery on 12/31 and played a tournament in mid-June. It took a full year to get my arm back to it's previous strength, however. The left shoulder was done (at age 66) in January and I played in mid-August.

I think the rehab and recovery on the second one may have been a little harder, but then I was 11 years older.

If you can stand the pain, my suggestion would be to ask the doc if you're going to do any more damage by playing with it this year. If not, enjoy the season and get your surgery scheduled as soon as possible after the season.


Jan. 3, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Veterans

U.S. Army Signal Corps
1967-69
Ft. Gordon, GA
Ft. Monmouth, NJ
STRATCOM Facillity, Davis, CA
261st Signal Co., RVN (got there just in time for Tet).

Dec. 28, 2011
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT TEAM DOES EVERYONE PLAY FOR

The Crackerbox (formerly Teeters)
65AAA
Aug. 24, 2011
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How To Improve One's Arm?

Agree with Mad Dog. Stay away from the weighted balls until you have significantly improved your arm strength (and then maybe stay away from them anyway).

You didn't specifically say this was rotator cuff surgery, but assuming it was, the rotator cuff muscles are very short and tear easily if you stress them too much. They must be brought along slowly. If it's been 6 years since your surgery, you probably need some serious strengthening and stretching.

Even though you probably had some physical therapy after the surgery, I would suggest trying to get a new referral, or if you are live in a state that has direct access to physical therapists, schedule some time directly, and have them set you up with a strengthening plan.

We are about the same age. My experience has been that I have to challenge the therapist a little to let him/her know that I am serious about getting back to the sport. They see a lot of people our age who are basically sedentary and who are just trying to get some minimum mobility back.

Good Luck!
Aug. 16, 2011
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hey texas,ok,la,ar teams

Hey Bob,

Any info on who's coming to this tournament. We were told we would be the only 65+AAA team in the tournament and our team decided not to come. Know anyone who needs a player?
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