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Discussion: With Sadness Softball Has Lost AC Linde

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Nov. 23, 2011
Men's 65
601 posts
With Sadness Softball Has Lost AC Linde
It is with sadness that we have learned today of the passing of AC Linde. AC passed away of natural causes last Saturday.

Those of us that were privileged enough to play with him as a teammate knew him to be a fiery competitor that was passionate about every game - indeed every pitch that he threw. Someone that was always working on his game and all aspects of it.

I will miss the times he and I went out to take BP and had a chance to get to know one another through our conversations, often sprited and never dull.

Each time great pitching is a topic on this board AC was one of the players who's name came up, and rightfully so.

Rest in peace AC.

Memorial services with be celebrated December 1, 2011 (Tuesday).

Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595 (in the Oak Room)
Nov. 23, 2011
2478 posts
4x4 ... The next two Tuesdays are November 29th and December 6th ... Please re-confirm the date and let the Sr. Softball Community know so that those of us that will attend may do so to honor the life of one of the greats ... Thanks!

Nov. 23, 2011
53 posts
Very Sad News! What a competitor! HOF member 2002. I'm sure a great many of us have memories of our battles against him and the Old A's in their heyday. Condolences to his family and friends!
Nov. 23, 2011
Omar Khayyam
1241 posts
What a shock! I played with AC and never saw any pitcher that could get the goat of a batter as well as him. Although I'm a pitcher too, I was happy to let AC pitch the important games!

The services are Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm, at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595. A few more details from NCSSA web site

On a sad related note, Dave Arrigoni, longtime left fielder for northern California tournament teams passed away while competing in the Pleasanton tournament in California on November 12. His service is also on Thursday, December 1, but in Redwood City, CA at 1:30 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, 94061.
Nov. 23, 2011
Men's 65
601 posts
SSUSA - that is indeed a Thursday - December 1, 2011

Part of my own profound shock and sadness is that I am half a world away and, unfortunately, cannot attend.

My prayers go out to his family.

I know that many of my/our softball brethren will be there.
Nov. 24, 2011
Men's 65
884 posts
I had the priviledge of playing behind AC a few times with the Old A's as a pick-up and grew to appreciate his intense competitive spirit.

As an opponent, he got on your nerves which, I understand, is among the few things a slowpitch pitcher can do to get a hitter off his game. AC was a master of doing what he could to get a hitters' mind off of hitting.

I considered AC a friend and enjoyed our conversations when we got to meet on the "tourney trail".

My prayers are with AC's family and friends for their loss.
Nov. 24, 2011
Men's 60
51 posts
AC was the very first senior pitcher that I ever hit against in a senior tournament. I can still remember him strutting around the pitching rubber with his sleves cut off of his jersey, just like it was yesterday. That is coming up on 15 years ago in Davis. My masters team was asked to come play to give "the old guys" some competition.

I can't remember who won that game, but I can still remember AC. That is the impression he leaves you with.

We will miss you.......
Nov. 26, 2011
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
This is indeed a loss for senior softball...
When I first played against AC (circa 2000) he did 'draw out' an increased adrenaline level from opposing hitters. He was very good at what he did, which was pitch for one of the best senior teams ever assembled. He wasn't one of the most physically talented guys on that team but he did squeeze a lot of results out of what he did have.
I respected him for how he helped his team and how he did it consistently.
He will be missed... may he rest in peace.
Bob Woodroof
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