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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Men's 70

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July 19, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 15" gloves

I pasted the section of the rule book pertaining to glove size below. I also posted instructions on how to measure a glove from the Glovesmith website. I believe the measurement from the 1st finger top to the bottom edge is the one manufacturers us to describe the size of the glove. That being the case, 14 inches would be the max.


3.6 GLOVES
Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used only by the catcher and first baseman. No top lacing, webbing or other device between the thumb and body of the glove or mitt worn by a first baseman or catcher, or a glove worn by any fielder; shall be more than 5" (12.70 cm) in length. Here are the maximum length specifications: palm width (top) 8" (20.3 cm), palm width (bottom) 81⁄2 (21.6 cm), top opening of web 5" (12.7 cm), bottom opening of web 41⁄2 (11.5 cm), 1st finger crotch seam 71⁄2 (19.05 cm), thumb crotch seam 71⁄2 (19.05 cm), crotch seam 161⁄2 (41.91 cm), thumb top to bottom edge 91⁄4 (23.5 cm), 1st finger top to bottom edge 14" (35.56 cm), 2nd finger top to bottom edge 131⁄4 (33.66 cm), 3rd finger top to bottom edge 121⁄4 (31.12 cm), 4th finger top to bottom edge 11" (27.94 cm).

How To Measure the Length of a baseball Glove (from Glovesmith website)

Start at the top of the index finger and using a flexible tape measure go down the finger across the palm keeping the tape along the contour of the glove until you get to the bottom of the heel. Note: The tape measure must be touching the glove at all times to get a good measurement. It is best to go down a couple inches at a time keeping the tape against the glove with you finger. Both fielder gloves and first base mitts are measured using this method.

July 17, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Loss of a great teammate, Robert (Bob) Dobbins

I didn't know Bob, but it is always saddening to hear of the loss of a senior player. Condolences to his family, teammates, and friends.

I don't know the circumstances of Bob's accident, but I do know that many of us do a lot of traveling to play senior ball and there are a lot of crazies on the roads. Everyone, please be careful out there..
July 15, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

I am sitting here looking at a 2014 LS Z3000 ASA Model. It does not have the BP 1.20 designation and the ASA approval stamp is neither the 2000 or 2004 stamp (it is the more recent approval stamp from a couple of years ago; no specific year indicated).

I don't know why anyone would want to use this bat in senior ball unless they simply didn't have access to a senior bat. Compared to my senior bats, it is a log.

However, if I followed the discussion above correctly, sorting out rant from fact, it is my understanding that this bat would not be allowed in SSUSA competition. In other words, there are some ASA bats that would not be legal (i.e., those approved by ASA after their newer specs were put in place). Correct?

July 2, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Bruce, I saw Oklahoma high school girls slow pitch championship on one of the regional sports channels either this year or last. Pretty sure Ok. has fast pitch as well.

June 29, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

k man, one night before my wife and I got married (we've been married 42 years) she and I were on a date and I saw a nice glove (I always took her to the most romantic places). I told her I was going to buy it because I liked the looks of it and it would probably be the last one I ever buy. I've still got it, by the way. Forty-two years later, I've lost track of the number of "last gloves" I've bought. It's become a standing joke in our household. As a matter of fact, I have my eye on one now.
June 28, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

I suspect it is just a matter of time until the decline flows through to Senior Softball. It is unlikely that all these young guys and gals are going to take up a sport in their senior years that they didn't play when they were younger.

I suspect it may go deeper than the reasons mentioned in this article. How many kids do you see playing ball on their own now, outside of organized leagues. Back in the day, we were at the park, out in some field, or just in the back yard playing ball on our own. It was the thing you did when you were a kid. Today, if a kid is not good enough to make the cut as his peers move up through the school and travel leagues, he just drops out and finds other activities. There are few sandlot opportunities

I have a feeling that the Golden Age of Senior Softball might be right now. We're lucky to be able to enjoy it.
June 23, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

Actually 17, the first couple of years that I played in the SSUSA nationals, what you are suggesting is exactly what we did. In 50AA in Aurora, CO in 1998 we had two pools (I believe seven teams each). We played all the other teams in our pool, with the top two teams advancing to a playoff. Don't remember if the playoff was DE or Single. I thought it was a pretty good arrangement.

June 16, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 60+ Player Looking to play in Huntsman

If you go to the website for the Huntsman Games, they have a section for players looking for teams for the games. Several of my acquaintances have used and and gotten a positive response.
June 6, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Humor

One of my first senior tournaments was at the old Boomer complex in Okla. City. There were eight fields. Our senior tournament was using four of the fields and a flat-belly tournament was being held on the other four. While I was waiting between games a couple of the young guys wandered by our fields. One of them said, not without a degree of respect, "Do you think we'll still be playing when we're that age?" His buddy responded, "Hell, do you think we'll still be alive?"

I've told my teammates that back when I was playing 50+ I used to look at the 70's and ask myself why those guys didn't have enough self-respect to quit rather than make fools of themselves. I now know the answer to that question.
June 2, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Old stories of bat doctoring

Playing in Sapulpa, OK one night, a big guy hits a monster HR. Our catcher picks up the bat and it's four inches longer than anything else in the dugout. Catcher points it out to the umpire who immediately disallows the HR and calls the batter out. Guy was really PO'd, starts talking about getting his gun, see him after the game, yada yada yada, but nothing came of it.
May 6, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sore Toes

I have also worn trail shoes for several years after experiencing foot and achilles problems. Most recently, I have been wearing New Balance 876's, although I don't believe they are available any longer. I play outfield and have not experienced any traction problems, even on wet fields. Trail shoes will typically have more cushioning than standard cleats or turf shoes, but they have a more aggressive tread and more sideways stability than pure running shoes, particularly if you go to some of the higher end models.

I have noticed on the softballfans.com website that even some of the younger guys are starting to move to trail shoes. The New Balance Minimus Zero Trail V@ mentioned above gets very good revues from them, as does the Solomon Speedcross.
April 15, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

In Little Rock, back in the 80's, I played with a team called Biohazard. Most of the players, including a couple of PhD's, worked at the National Center for Toxicological Research at the Pine Bluff Arsenal where, among other things, they stored nerve gas.
March 15, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BUDDY HOPPER, TEXAS LEGENDS 70'S PASSES

Frank, you are so right about enjoying each others company while we have the chance. I had no idea Buddy was sick. He was one of the real good, guys in the game in our area. He will be missed.
March 11, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 2/1 Cavalry Troopers Out There in Senior Softball Land?

Southpaw, you might be interested in a book I just finished: It Took Heroes by Claude Newby, Newby was a battalion chaplain on two different tours with the Cav (66-67 & 69-70). Very interesting.
Feb. 13, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

Actually, I'm not Tom, but he is the coach and contact. He was having computer trouble and asked me to post this.


Feb. 13, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

I might add here that although my sign on shows Men's 70, this is not a 70 year old team. We have a good representation of age groups from 50 through 65, most of whom play tournament ball. I am the oldest.
Feb. 11, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

The Rowdies, our long-established league team need a couple of new players, preferably outfielders, for the approaching season. We play in the Dallas Area Senior Softball Association in Richardson, TX. Games are at Heights Park (Arapaho and Floyd Rd.) on Thursday evenings beginning in March and running through October.

Send email to tom2nd@aol.com.
Feb. 7, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator surgery

I had similar surgery on my non-throwing are in early Feb, 2010. Started playing the first of August that year. Still got a bit of a twinge when I tried to fully extend for a catch; that didn't go away until the next season. I had no surgery related trouble with swing (lots of people have told me I have other problems with it).
Jan. 25, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Texas 55+ player looking to join a traveling tournament team.

I am not plugged into the Senior Softball scene in Houston (live in Plano and play 65's & 70's), but I can tell you there is a one-day, preseason tournament in Baytown on February 21. If you don't get hooked up with a team before then, you might want to drive out and maybe meet some guys in the 55's. It's usually pretty well attended.
Dec. 12, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Somebody in this year's World Series hit a home run and, in the slow motion replay, you could see the WOODEN bat flex. It appeared to almost ripple down the length of the bat in sort of an "S" pattern.
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