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Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

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Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
1784 posts
In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?
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Dec. 17, 2015
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1223 posts
willie mays and myself... Always wanted to be the best all around player I could be, and he was it for me..
Dec. 17, 2015
wdodge22
Men's 50
111 posts
My father - for always being around and teaching me to be humble, yet leave EVERYTHING on the field.

Craig - a coach I played slow pitch with for 10+ years. Taught me how manage and lead by example.

My Team mates for sticking with it through thick and thin.

Dec. 17, 2015
Olden Slow
Men's 65
197 posts
Bill Puls and Mel Sogge. Not softball but they were my little league and pony league coaches that always thought I had natural ability. This was 50-55 years ago and I have never forgotten either of them.
Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
1784 posts
For me it was my dad, may he RIP. He was not a softball player, he was a tennis player. He taught me that to be good at a sport learn the fundamentals, constantly strive to improve--practice-practice-practice. Watch the best players--technique, how they play, how they carry themselves, etc and incorporate that into your game. If applicable, read articles & books to gain knowledge.
His main teaching was you have one trait for this to work--love of the game!!
Dec. 17, 2015
Lecak
Men's 60
1026 posts
Stick love this. I started playing back in Pittsburgh in the early 70's. I played with a men's team when I was still in high school at the Mifflin Club. I was asked to play for the US Steel team when I graduated from high school. I was going to be given a job giving out parts for maintenance never took the job went to college and moved to Los Angeles. While still in high school played against Paul Tomasavich. I watched everything he did. Best lesson I was a home run hitter back then and quickly learned when you hit one act like you did it all the time keep your head down and get into your dugout quickly. The other big lesson it's OK to lose big and beat a team big. Play the game out don't show up the other team and put the game away when you get the chance. Tomasavich was the best softball player I've ever been on the field with.
Dec. 17, 2015
JamesLG
394 posts

For me it was a guy who was a couple years older than me but I met him when I was in grade school. My older brother played ball with him. His name was Joe Kilby. He was a natural and tough as nails but his approach to the game was like nothing I had ever seen before. Joe is a legend in the northwest for the way he played the game and the person he was. I did get to be on the same team with Joe one year and that was a treat for me. Joe passed away a few years ago but he will always be remembered.

Thank You:

James
Dec. 19, 2015
Allan55
98 posts
That is an easy answer...my father. He worked with me whenever I wanted to play catch or hit. He was big on fundamentals. I can't tell you how many hours he spent with me. He never said he was too busy to work with me. I wish he was alive for me to tell him thanks today.
Dec. 20, 2015
Tri18
338 posts
Allan,
Interested in how many swings you have on your new ultra II black from this year as compared to the Dudley?

AT18
Dec. 21, 2015
Fabe
Men's 60
418 posts
Too many to list! But I will share 3 names.....for baseball: Willie Mays n Ricky Henderson, for how they loved to play a kids game! For Senior Softball my Coach Ben Naki, his love n committment to softball was awesome! He has passed, but I get energized in big moments thinking of times spent with him! Merry Christmas to everyone n God bless! Aloha, Fabe
Dec. 21, 2015
Allan55
98 posts
Tri18,

I bought the bat mid-season and used it sparingly. It broke in the Worlds. I got just under 200 cuts on it. My Dudleys lasted much longer.
Dec. 22, 2015
Mario
Men's 50
451 posts
This is easy, my work ethic comes from my dad. My dad was the hardest working man I have ever met to this day. He would give it everything he had and do whatever it took to get the job done. On the softball field it was Dirk Androff, who I played A ball with and Bruce Meade who I had the privledge to play with and room with for Starpath-Le-AL-Co. Dirk and I made a pac with each other while with the St.Louis Rockets that we would be the best ever. We became accountability partners. We would take 100 swings a night, workout with weights 4-5 times per week and run 100 wind sprints every night!!!. Bruce is the one who taught me what it takes to be a great hitter. His method seem to work pretty good for him, so I tried to mimick what he was doing.
Dec. 22, 2015
Slap hitter
28 posts
My grandpa Wakefield ( my moms dad). We have 8 mm film of me, at about 3 years old, switch hitting, a ball hanging from a rope, from a close line...for hours! He was awesome!

Secondly, when I was 9 or 10 my mom played fast pitch softball with Jim McGlothln''s wife ( Jim was American League strikeout leader in 1968 with the Angels) families close to this day. He was traded to "The Big Red Machine". We went on vacation for a week in Cincinatti and Jim would take me in the club house. I met Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Geoge Foster to name my favorites.

After that...I knew what I wanted to be. But...wife got pregnant, hurt the ole back, and frickin Trammel & Whitaker never got hurt and the dream was shattered...LOL!
Dec. 22, 2015
Slap hitter
28 posts
My bad, he lead the league in shut outs not strikeouts...lol!
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