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Discussion: Dave Neale Sr

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Jan. 16, 2009
tattooball
620 posts
Dave Neale Sr
Early this Friday morning January 16th, 2009 Dave Neale Sr. passed away after battling Leukemia for 2 1/2 months. Mr. Neale was 70 years old. He will be able to be viewed at Ripepi's Funeral home in Cleveland, Ohio. I am not sure on the dates and time and will update with that information as soon as I know.
Mr. Neale was the owner and coached the infamous Steele's Silver Bullets.
Mike Macenko
Jan. 16, 2009
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
trumpball, i had the pleasure of playing against Mr. Neals Silver Bullets several times including one All Star game here in Austin.He was a very nice man and contributed a lot to softball at a level most will never see.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the whole softball community.
Jan. 16, 2009
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
Kevin
Thanks for the post, I have talked with Mike and he told me about Mr Neal's condition, He was one of the great gentleman of the game. My prayers go out to his family and friends for their loss. He was truely a man that would stop and talk softball with the little ballplayers like me and others. All of us will miss him.
Don Ward
Kittrell softball
Jan. 16, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
thanks kev,sorry to hear he has passed.got to watch his team a couple of times when they toured back in the 80's(gorilla was with them).best of to his family.
Jan. 16, 2009
tattooball
620 posts
Legacy's can't be changed, Dave Neale is responsible for many in this game and we are all better for his efforts and sacrafices.
Jan. 16, 2009
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
By the sounds of it most people only know of Dave from his days running Steele's. He was a long-time fixture on the Cleveland fields in the 60s and 70s both as a pitcher and manager of very successful local teams, most notably Hillcrest Tavern and Pesanos. Was highly successful as both, and would be a legend in these parts even if Steele's had never happened.
Jan. 16, 2009
the wood
1085 posts
We played against his teams when they were Hillcrest ('78) and Steele's ('79). He's as much of a mid west/national legend as Jim Snyder and Bob Nelson... albeit slightly different eras. But, as legends, they all live on...
BW
Jan. 16, 2009
Gorilla Boy
Men's 50
186 posts
Dave Neale is going to be laid out at RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME 5762 PEARL ROAD (AT SNOW RD) on Sunday January 18. Cleveland, Ohio.....The viewing hours are from 2-7 on Sunday. The services will follow the viewing at 7 p.m. I hope this will help everyone that plans on attending.
http://www.ripepi.com/schedule.aspx

Thank You.
Mike Macenko
Jan. 16, 2009
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
Mike sorry to hear about Mr. Neale. I know you were his second favorite behind Elliott.
Jan. 16, 2009
b blake
8 posts
your right mike was daves second favorite but craig was not #1 kenny lorry was. big mike sorry to hear about senior he was a great softball guy.
Jan. 17, 2009
Gorilla Boy
Men's 50
186 posts
Hey Billy,
Thanks for the kind words. Seems like only yesterday that we going down the road 80 miles an hour to play softball somewhere. Remember what they told Weeds in San Antonio. Hey Rick, you are like 7-11. The middle is always open. Ha!Ha!. I will tell the family you send your condolences. Thanks. I will give you a call.
Mike Macenko
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