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June 6, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
June, 1970
I played one game of softball in 1970. I was the armorer for C Troop, 2/1 Cav. We were running road security for infantry into Cambodia and stopped for chow about midday. Some guys starting throwing around a ball, then someone suggested a game. About half-way through the game, I was playing centerfield and a high flyball went well past me. As I started back, enemy mortars started coming in! Immediate direction reversal; game called; I never found the ball.
June 6, 2014
lewis
34 posts
Southpaw,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
June 11, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Thanks, Lewis; just wondering if anyone else had an unusual softgall experience?
June 11, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
softball experience!! (Arthritis!)
June 11, 2014
Marv19
Men's 60
445 posts
I had an unusual soft gal experience but it would be inappropriate to discuss it here :O)

Thank you for your service to our country Southpaw!
June 12, 2014
stick8
1318 posts
Thank you for your service Southpaw! Question about that day, was it an actual ball field you played that game on?
I had one unusual experience as an umpire. League game about 5 years ago. A police car pulls up and two cops come out and walk onto our field. One turns to me and says "give us a little time here". I certainly wasn't going to say no to the police!! They walk up to the pitcher and a 15-20 minute conversation ensued. Then there was a physical struggle after which they announced he was under arrest, subsequently handcuffed and then taken away. The icing on the cake was the minimum to start was 9 and the team only had 9 guys with pitcher. I had to call a forfeit since the pitcher leaving made it 8. Very unusual to say the elast.
June 12, 2014
Omar Khayyam
1002 posts
A couple of games come to mind (good topic, by the way, Southpaw)
I'm playing in a company picnic softball game in July, 1974. I'm one of the more experienced players on two coed teams, so I'm riding the ump a little bit from the bench on his calls. Naturally, I'm only challenging those that would benefit my team if reversed. But what's the ump going to do? Throw me out of a picnic game?

My team loses by fairly close score. Game over. On with the hamburgers. Game forgotten (by me). But some of the guys on my team are upset after the game. They get in the umpire's grill. Looks like it may even become physical. They are are accusing him of bias. I had no idea anyone would take this game seriously! Now I have to intervene and smooth things out. Who knew.

Second game of note.

I am in a tournament in Palm Desert. Some of the fields have no fences around the outfield. I'm playing left and hear a rustle in the bushes and cactus at the edge of the field. I go to investigate, thinking it might be a snake. Instead I find a roadrunner, an honest-to-goodness roadrunner. I walk toward it. He moves. Then I remember all those cartoons and I start running through the brush after him to see how fast he can move. I hear my manager calling. The game is starting and where is the left fielder? Red-faced I leave the bird and run to my position in the outfield.
June 12, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
765 posts
I grew up in LA, Lower Arkansas. I came home on vacation and was asked to play in a softball tourney so far in the woods they had to pump in sunshine. We are playing late Sun afternoon with the sun setting on a field with no lights. I am in left field, yes I used to play outfield, I was only 220 at the time. The ball was hit to me, as it is coming toward me I hear tic.tic.tic. I could not figure out what was making the sound until I caught the ball. It was covered in smashed horse flys. Those buggers were huge. About that time the horse flys found me. Before the inning was over it looked like I had been hit with birdshot, between the bug splats and the blood spots, I was a mess. Thank goodness we got run ruled and I got in my car and headed back to civilization.

Another time I was late for a tourney and was taking the back roads to get there. I was even later because there was a gator sunning himself in the road and there was no shoulder, just bayou. No was would my Toyota celica be a match for him, so I had to wait until a trucker came by and dieseled him out of the way.
June 12, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Thanks for your stories, my friends. Marv, we will leave yours to imagination only.
Stick, it was just a large meadow; the grass was cropped fairly short, so actually able to at least play part of a game.
I conducted softball leagues in my little town for 11 years, so I have a few stories. Hope others will share!
Omar, I was umpiring a tourney at my fields and one of the teams showed up drinking; it was 9 a.m.! Of course, they got pounded, but it was all my fault. During the course of the game, on player on the losing team continued harassing me, cursing me, threatening me, etc. Told me more than once than he would whip me as soon as the game ended.
He stated it again at the conclusion and I had had enough. So, I proceeded to tell him "You want to fight, o.k., let's go behind the concession stand and get it on."
We started to walk off the field and I stopped, turned and said "before we do this, let me ask you one question. Have you ever killed anyone?" He stammered and I repeated the question. "What do you mean?", he asked. I responded, "I am a Vietnam Veteran; I've killed a bunch of people and if we fight, I will kill you!"

He started laughing uncomfortably and patted me on the shoulder--"Oh Steve, you know I was just kidding!" and walked away.

I WAS BLUFFING! He was at least 15 years younger than me and probably would have won the day, even though he was drunk!!
June 12, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Thanks, 4b, as well. Back in the 80's in New Orleans, we played overhand, slowpitch softball. I pitched a no-hitter (good defense!), struck out 3 and lost 4/3.
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