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Discussion: Official Retirement

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Sept. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Men's 55
100 posts
Official Retirement
After talking with my wife about my continued involvement with Senior Softball, I am announcing my official retirement from the game.

Upon reflection of this past season, I am unable to find the joy and love for the game as I found in the past. Due to the continued personal conflicts I have with the overall administration and leadership of the today's game and how the game itself now is presented, I realize that my time has ended for personal involvement.

This decision as well, includes any further personal involvement pertaining to my future team sponsorship within the game as well. I would like to add however, that I indeed had a blast this past season with my sponsorship, the players of "Sparky" Mann Enterprises and the opportunities presented to once again meet many old friends & adversaries from the past glory days of softball.

My best wishes are extended to everyone in their future endeavors with the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.

G. R. "Sparky" Mann
Sept. 1, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
It's sad it came to this but I understand what you said\mean.

Side question, By any chance is Sparky Electronics a part of that?
I shop the Fresno one quit often. Now at their second location in Fresburg since the 60's sometime I believe. They carry almost everything.
Sept. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Men's 55
100 posts
It has indeed been a pleasure to have chatted with you "taits". My very best with your endeavors in the future.

No to your question about "Sparky" Electronics. "Sparky" Mann Enterprises was a company I developed to handle my real estate, engineering placement and marine biological sciences.

My main core of operation was "Ocean Treasures", which was a pre-K through collegiate outreach science program which I developed and performed the presentations. Since retiring however, the "Ocean Treasures" logo did not fit as well as the "Sparky" Mann Enterprises logo did regarding a Softball club.
Sept. 2, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
The Coast Guard had some research going on in the mid 60's with Bathespheric (BT) drops in the ocean. I didn't get too involved in that.
But as for Oceans Treasures as a softball logo one could think of the playing fields as a whole as one large ocean of treasures of a different type.
Stay safe and healthy in whatever endeavors you (plural) take on. Enjoy your life, your earned it.
Sept. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Men's 55
100 posts
As a final thought upon leaving the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball, I want to wish the best of luck to my club "Sparky" Mann Enterprises for success in the upcoming World's.

Kick some butt gentlemen and have a great time in Vegas!
Sept. 2, 2013
the wood
1086 posts
Sparky, has anyone alerted the media yet? BW
Sept. 2, 2013
Fabe
Men's 50
220 posts
Class Act here! Mahalo for all you have done for our great game! Aloha, Fabe
Sept. 2, 2013
txtable
Men's 55
12 posts
My best to you Sparky. Knowing you for all these years dating back to our days at Softball City and East Detroit Memorial and your powerful teams representing the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, your reputation for loyalty, dedication and sportsmanship as both a Manager & Player to the game was always first-rate.

The game is better because of you and you will be missed!

Your bud Carl
Sept. 2, 2013
corvette_ace
Men's 60
7 posts
Anyone that has known you over these many years Sparky, will always conclude that you were truly "Mr. Softball". I will never forget playing for you in the game that you claimed the National Record. What a media circus...lolololol

Although a lot of miles separate us, we still stay in touch and for that I am thankful. You take care buddy and remember fondly of your achievements and the people you touched with your dedication and heart for the game.

Sept. 2, 2013
brickloader
Men's 60
3 posts
Best wishes with your Softball retirement. Just wanted to add my two-cents worth to someone who seems very dedicated and loyal to softball and the players surrounding the game.
Sept. 3, 2013
Cruncher1
1 posts
To quote from a statement Fabe made earlier, you are with out a doubt a true "class act" Sparky for all you have accomplished and in turn, given back to the game.

Sept. 3, 2013
paul0784
Men's 60
137 posts
Sparky, so sorry to hear about your impending retirement. You have worked so hard to make Senior softball what it is in the Syracuse area. Senior softball is going to miss you and all you do. Be well in whatever path your life takes you and may god bless. Paul Casey Hannington's/Bay State Bombers
Sept. 3, 2013
txtable
Men's 55
12 posts
paul0784..............I believe you are talking about the wrong "Sparky"........To my knowledge (and I may be wrong but I don't believe so), this "Sparky" had his career within Michigan only starting in Detroit and Lansing and I believe this was his first & only season involved with the Senior platform.

I am assuming that you are talking about another individual within the Syracuse, NY area? If so, I don't believe you have the right one!
Sept. 3, 2013
corvette_ace
Men's 60
7 posts
I have to agree with txtable. All the years I've know Sparky, can't remember him managing a ballclub in New York. All over Detroit and the Mid-Michigan area but not in New York. He might have played or taken a club to a tourney out that way, but that would be it.

And I know for a fact that this WAS his first venture into Senior Softball this season as well, so any development within the Syracuse area would have to got to someone else I'm afraid.
Sept. 3, 2013
gu_nn00
Men's 60
7 posts
Best of luck my friend. It's a shame that individuals of your stature and experience are lost to the game but the game regardless, does go on.

Your achievements and dedication to the game are acknowledge and appreciated by more people than you will ever know. Believe me!

You've been a true credit to the game Sparky and the game itself is richer for having you perform in it.
Sept. 5, 2013
txtable
Men's 55
12 posts
Sparks, are you planning on attending Vegas with your club? If so, contact me and let me know what hotel you're staying at. Hope to see you there buddy!!!!
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Men's 60
720 posts
Goo luck to you Sparky!
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