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June 11, 2012
Men's 50
68 posts
RIP Bob Strand
Bob Strand of NCSSA passed this weekend. Bob did so much for NCSSA and the tournament directors. He will truely be missed.
June 11, 2012
Men's 65
4549 posts
NCSSA will not be the same for quite some time. Those shoes posted on the site will be tough to fill.
June 11, 2012
13 posts
"Tomahawk" Bob will be missed by very, very many
June 11, 2012
Men's 50
68 posts
I just can't believe it was less than a month since he found out
June 11, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
yes, I had one email conversation with him right before he passed...he was a great guy...I had a North Cal issue and he helped me get to the bottom of it.. he did the Web site for NorthCalSS! RIP BOB!
June 11, 2012
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Bob was never a great player, but he was a good player. For most of his years in senior softball (15? 20?) he was very heavy, over 300 pounds, and this limited his playing ability. When he lost weight, he got better and better, and everyone saw the quick soft glove, the competitive fire, the high average hitting. He got his nickname "Tomahawk" by his uncanny ability to hit a pitch over his head to every field, and with enough power that you had to play with respect. He would stand far forward in the batters box. Pitch him deep and you get tomahawked! Pitch short, and you look like an idiot when he lets it go and it hits a foot in front of the plate. Put it over, and he could smack that too! A very tough out.

But as a webmaster, Bob was more than good, he was great! His site at NCSSA (and I suspect in San Diego as well) was the best I have ever seen. For example, he had a map of every possible field where a tournament could be held. You could click the map to view it. Click the "directions" and it automatically gave you directions from your house (he would plant a cookie when you first used the direction function and then remember your address). His score updates from tournaments were posted often on the same day (you get home Sunday evening from a tournament and the results were already posted!).

What a man. What a teammate. He will be sorely missed by the senior softball community, as well as his loving wife, Joyce, and his family. Don't know how he will be replaced.
June 11, 2012
Men's 65
601 posts
O-K - you said it all very well.I remember playing with and against him. He'd swing at a ball that no one else would dare to and somehow it ended up going right where he intended it to and you are correct he did improve as the pounds went down.

Softball aside - what I remember is his warmth and smile for everyone. He always took the time to chat and always in a friendly manner. The last time I saw him at P-town I hardly reconized him he'd lost so much weight. But when he spotted me walking by he hailed me over with that friendly grin and we had a nice conversation.

He kept the website ladling out his own brand of humor that alwys mad the dull interesting and maybe a little quirky.

This is what make what we do so great - the people like Bob - rest in peace Bob.
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