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Discussion: What was the greatest moment in your softball career?

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Dec. 31, 2010
stick8
1282 posts
What was the greatest moment in your softball career?
To ring in the new year offer the readers what the greatest moment was in your softball career.
Dec. 31, 2010
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
my greastest moment was when my son called me to play in a B state qualifier when i was 56 years old. he asked meif i minded batting last and i said i didnt mind. i wound up hitting .700 for the tournament. Happy New Year...ken
Dec. 31, 2010
Tater50
336 posts
1984 Won my first Allworld trophy with Lighthouse of Ga

Tater50
Dec. 31, 2010
Marv19
Men's 60
435 posts
Managing and playing on the team that won the D division SCMAF (Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation) "Fast Pitch" title. Way too many years ago :O) Boy was that fun though. I sorta miss that environment. 2 umpires, 9 players, no free substitution, no courtesy runners, steeling and the catcher had to be one of your best athletes.
Dec. 31, 2010
stick8
1282 posts
Mine was 1994, winning the USSSA Class C world championship.
Dec. 31, 2010
Pinky
13 posts
Being inducted into ISC fastpitch HOF 2004
Dec. 31, 2010
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
The highest admiration for the guys whose 'greatest moment' was a team accomplishment, and not personal. The games are played to win, not to make a HOF.

Threads like this let you know who would make the best teammates.
Dec. 31, 2010
GaCMan
86 posts
Playing with a great group of young guys half my age including my son and his best friend one summer in 2006 and winning the season and the year end tourney. Thers just nothing like playing with your kid! He's gotten married,had his own kids and moved on life slowes down for no one!
Dec. 31, 2010
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
gary19---what was asked here was ones greatest moment. NOT your opinions.
ken
Dec. 31, 2010
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Oh yeah, I forgot, your greatest moment was your batting average. :(
Dec. 31, 2010
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
that was an add on the best moment was being asked to play BY MY SON!
HVE A GOOD NIGHT
Dec. 31, 2010
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Now that I can go with. :)

Have a good night too.
Dec. 31, 2010
softball4b
Men's 60
733 posts
My 2nd best moment was one that I did not see. 1993 Springfield, Mo 40 ASA National. California Sun Devils vs. Ruth Realty. Top of 7th, Sun Devils down 1, runner on. 300' fence, railroad tracks, Silo painted as a Dixie cup in the Dixie Parking lot across the railroad tracks. in left center. Before I went to plate I took a deep breath and said to myself, okay this is why they brought you. As soon as I hit the ball I knew it was over the fence and I just raced around the bases. I never looked at the ball.

To this day, at least once a year, I am reminded of the longest ball they have ever seen me hit. Apparently, it went over the lights, over the railroad tracks and hit in the Dixie parking lot. I can't tell you if it did or not, but since I have been told by 3 or 4 different individuals that were there, I guess I hit it well.
Dec. 31, 2010
softball4b
Men's 60
733 posts
My best moment was in the early 80's. My Dad did not believe in sports, so I did not get to play stuff until I move out of the house.

Played local softball, Class B State champs in 1971, All Army and All Armed Forces in 1976. I went home on vacation and played for the local mill team in a league game. I asked my Dad to come to the game since he worked at the mill for 35 years and knew some of the guys. He had never seen me play.

First time up hit a double. I was kind of bummed because Dad was not there, but then I saw him walking up talking to some guys. The next 3 times up I hit HRS and we won the game. The last run I really hit well. As I was going out to LF after the inning was over, this little kid was running down the side of the fence with the ball. He was yelling but I could not make out what he was saying. When I came I asked what the coach what was he yelling about. He said the kid was yelling, "he hit it in the barn, he hit it in the barn," You have to remember this was Arkansas, there was a feed house about 100' on the other side of the 275' fence.

When we left the ball park, I saw a bunch of guys around my Dad and they were telling him what a great hitter I was. For me, it wasn't the 3 HRS, it was the pride on my Dad's face when other were talking about his son.

My Dad is gone now, but from that day forward, he did not think what I was doing was so silly after all. He went to a few more tournaments over the years, it brought us together. I will ever be thankful for that day.
Dec. 31, 2010
Tater50
336 posts
softball4b: thanks for tooting your horn; that's what this thread is all about; I, like yourself had parents that did not believe in sports; your Dad watching was priceless, something that will always be with you!!!

Tater50

Jan. 1, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1972 posts
Maybe you need to split this thread into personal and team accomplishments.
I have been very blessed to have played with some awesome teams, to have won nationally and regionally and had some great games. But, without a doubt the most emotional moment came this year in Reno. Our band of overachievers, the Desperados won the 55AAA. I am going to say most guys on the team had NEVER won a tournament anything close to the magnitude of that tourney. Most the guys on the team were completely overwhelmed by winning-one guy was face down on the infield for a couple minutes. A lot of the guys on this team have been together for up to 20 years and they work year around to improve. THAT is what this game is all about.
Jan. 1, 2011
Fastsam
Men's 60
55 posts
Webbie everytime you mention Reno I get sick in the stomach.
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Jan. 2, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1972 posts
Sorry, Fastsam, not meaning to offend-I will not mention it again.
Jan. 2, 2011
Jose #12
Men's 60
86 posts
Great topic. Although I have been lucky enough to have been associated with playing on championship teams, my best memory was recently. My team won the 60 AAA tournament in Ft. Myers in the bottom of the 7th with my 87 y/o Mom watching. (I'm 64 (for another month)and it's the first time she had seen me play since I was 21)I don't know who was more excited. Not many players my age have the opportunity to share an experience like that.
Jan. 2, 2011
stick8
1282 posts
Webbie that story is what it's all about. Individual accomplishments are all well and good but when your team wins a world championship it means so much more.
Jan. 3, 2011
Fastsam
Men's 60
55 posts
Webbie just kidding. Great story. Really happy for for your guys.
Jan. 3, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1972 posts
Maybe I have brought it up too much, though. I enjoy the debate here and just want to contribute to our game and POSITIVELY to the message board.
Jan. 3, 2011
Al33
Men's 55
183 posts
It's very hard for me choose a single moment. My teams have won multiple World Championships over the years at various levels and each one is very special. As we age it becomes increasingly difficult to win these as a team. Just to be playing with my team mates and enjoying the friendship and comraderie we share is special. When we win, it validates all the hard work we put in together.
I have received many individual awards and as far as individual awards go, I look at them as an extension of my team. Without my team mates committment, hustle and their excellence, my individual awards don't happen. If you don't succeed as a team (finish in the top three) you don't get selected for All-World, All Tournament or MVP awards.
Let me give you just one of many examples. Playing in a World Tournament. One of my team mates pulled a ham string coming out of the box after hitting a line drive to left field. He crawls on his hands an knees in pain trying to beat the throw from left field. He just beats the throw and is safe. We go on to finish second in that tournament and I make the All World team. Without those kind of efforts from team mates, championships and individual awards don't happen.
Jan. 3, 2011
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
Down 8 to 4 in the 6th...man on 2nd and 3rd.......they walk a good hitter in front of me to load the bases....You guessed it!! "The Grand Salami".......tied it up and we went on to win the game and tournament.
Jan. 3, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2644 posts
I have several in mind but I agree with AI33, it takes a team finishing high in tournaments before you can be named to all world teams.
A couple of moment stand out in my mind. Probably 1979 or 80, playing A ball, first game of the season, first at bat, first pitch, 3 run hr.
Another, maybe 1984 or 85, playing against Joe Theisman's team in Marietta, Ga. We had one loss and were returning Sunday to play Theisman's team. I was playing for Rehobeth Prebsbyterian and was following some of Theirman's team from the parking lot to the field. I overheard them joking that they were glad they were playing a church team, thinking they would have an easy game.
Long story short, we sent them home and I had a two hr game. One of their players later asked me if I usually hit hrs and I modestly told them yes.
Jan. 3, 2011
Joncon
289 posts
""What was the greatest moment in your softball career?""


When they got rid of Einstien and Gary C :)

Only one more to go.


Jan. 3, 2011
Tate22
Men's 55
259 posts
Dang it Mike (Softball4B), next time I remind you of the Springfield, MO, ASA 40 World story take notes to get all the details right! LOL Right location, event and game (win put us in the undefeated game), but wrong year (1996) and score (it was tied)!! It was a tremendous, dramatic shot though, left the entire park boundaries as described. Your post-swing grunt is still echoing off the Dixie Cup factory building. hahaha For bonus points, how did the score get tied???
Jan. 4, 2011
Steinbrenner
Men's 55
27 posts
My greatest moment was being able to play league ball with my son before he got Cancer....
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