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April 17, 2012
Pricer
Men's 50
620 posts
Survey
What is the percentage of senior players playing tourney ball today that played 6 or more tourneys a year back in their 20's & 30's? Also, how long did you play at that pace? What percentage of Major, A, B, C players are still playing senior ball today?
April 17, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4316 posts
20's not 6 a year, military then. Late 20's only a few per year, 30's yes, Motorcraft and a couple other teams A\B.
Back when good balls and alum bats were still a good combo and you could still reach the 300' fence.
Yes, there were 300' fenced back then, and yes too, short ones like Lodi & Stockton still have and are still used with composites. Fresno uses one for some that has 291 to left, 278 +- in the center and 252 to right. Great for left handers or ball pullers.
Now, when ever I can afford it, not often.
April 17, 2012
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Major level at that pace since 76', 3 year absense for work, plus a 2 year absense for cancer. In looking at my teams in the late 70's, early 90's, 3-4 per team still playing, out of a 14-15 man roster. My 90' team still has 9 out of 12 playing. (a 10th would be also if not for health, wheel chair bound)
April 17, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4316 posts
curveball,
LMK who you'll play w\ in Reno if going, I'll find ya, if at same park. I would love to put faces to names of the guys on here. A big part of the comrade of the game.
April 17, 2012
JBTexas
Men's 60
259 posts
Play six or more since 68 with the exception of a year in Vietnam in 70, and three years (age 46-49)before starting senior play in 2000. Average 10 a year since starting Sr. Ball.
April 17, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Played probably 8-13 a year in my 20s, Open and A, for probably 8 years.

Oh, for the days of 32 to sometimes 85 team brackets. Along with the 220+ team ASA "A" Cleveland Metro tourneys in the mid to late 70s.
April 17, 2012
boston
297 posts
Never played softball in my 20's. Only played baseball thought softball was a game for fat old men and women. Didn't really get into softball till mid 40's. Baseball was getting tougher to play with the young guns out there.
April 17, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
boston, don't forget the 9-year-old girls who were playing it too. And somehow without safety bases, two home plates, and run limits. =)
April 17, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
started playing in the late 60's when i went into the military,baseball before that,and some even after starting to play softball......didn't play a lot of tourney's till the mid 80's,then it was 5-8 a year.....played mostly C with a little B ball back then with local guys......we didn't travel all that much(lived in sacramento,ca at this time).moved to seattle area in 92 and played C and military B back then with 5-8 tourneys a year also.jan 95 moved to italy and played on the base team then,and we usaully got in 3-4 tourneys with the base team and 3-5 intramural tourney's on base till nov 2000.then was sent to san deigo,ca where i started playing senior ball dec 2000 was my first senior tourney,been playing ever since,also have played with the kids in D&E ball......
April 17, 2012
Bomber #7
Men's 60
62 posts
tait, I'm sure we've crossed pathes in the past. You know Phil fron SLO? We're not playing in Reno this year. How bout' Vegas, you playing here?
April 17, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4316 posts
Bomber,
Oh yea, Phil and Fred Pratt too Still see Fred every now and then. Plays for Physiomotion 65. I usually go up against them...lol.
Knew\played for Phil Cook too. RIP
Your a long ways from there it seems now.
April 17, 2012
17Black
Men's 50
217 posts
Started playing age 21. Played Asa one division until early 80's. Played C, B for most part in about five associations until retirement age 42. Started playing in senior league at 48 and AAA tournaments now age 53
April 17, 2012
stick8
1261 posts
Jeff back in the day didn't it seem like we played almost every weekend? If it wasn't the old conference it was some qualifier, a local open tourney or some out of the way festival tournament. Back then I sure don't remember many weekends where I was home cutting the grass :)
April 17, 2012
Omar Khayyam
984 posts
taits, who are you playing with now? Heard you left the Senior Spartans.

In answer to Pricer's survey, I started playing men's softball when I was 13. I was a pitcher then (fast pitch) and have mostly been a pitcher all my career. I went to very few tournaments when I was a young man—didn't have the money for fees, travel, lodging, etc. (only gas was affordable), and I had too much going on in my life—family, church, job, charity work, etc.

Only since I've begun playing senior ball do I go to a lot of tournaments, about 16-18 a year. Wasn't a major player back then either, but play AAA or Major now.
April 18, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4316 posts
Omar, Please contact me @ tait_ebay@yahoo.com and I'd be glad to explain it and where I will be.
April 18, 2012
neck10
490 posts
Pricer started playing softball in 1976 leauge played a few tourney's first two yeaRS THEN got on a traveling team in 1978 played every weekend from may to october in 1989 we were traveling to much played arizonia inthe asa's milwalkee in ussa ,detroit qualifiers 3 times just got to be too much just played leauge & states until 3yrs ago now play(ssusa,ISA,heartland) feb in the TOC & at least once a month in the summer have played heartland last two years(chattanogga) we play indy,louiville,lansing,vegas,& one ISA in indiana keeps us pretty busy.
April 18, 2012
softball4b
Men's 60
722 posts
1971. Doubleheaders 2 nights a week and tournaments every other weekend, when conditions allowed (Midwest) . No break in tourney play, but cut down on league play. Play league one night a week with my son, Studs and Duds. Grandpas, dads, sons and outlaws, I mean in-laws. Tourneys - try to play at least every 3rd week either 55 or 60 with 60 team being primary. (CA since 88)
April 18, 2012
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
I played about 3 or 4 seasons of D ball when I was about thirty. I only remember playing in about five tournaments. I began playing 55AAA in 2003. Not too impressive. I wish that I had begun playing much earlier.
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