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Aug. 21, 2015

Jerome ‘Jerry’ Simon

Jerome ‘Jerry’ Simon, 86, of Walnut Creek, CA passed away on August 8, 2015.

     Simon was an accomplished baseball and softball player who was once a pitcher in the New York Yankees minor league organization. An inductee in the U.S. Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2004, Simon primarily played with Gamblers and Tiodize D-99 as a second basemen.

     “Jerry was a great second basemen. I always wanted the ball hit to him,” said ‘Spider’ Pitzer, a longtime friend and teammate on D-99. “And what a hitter! You could not set-up a defense when he came up to bat. I remember he would walk up to the plate, look where the defense was, pick a spot and hit it there. My line-up was always easy, I just put Jerry up first and went from there. He was one of the best senior hitters.”

     Not just a great ballplayer, Simon also had a big heart and kind demeanor that went well with his love of softball.

     “Jerry was a great ballplayer. His life was softball. He was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet,” said Ed Denoncourt, teammate and friend.

     “Jerry was a true supporter of the sport. His energy was so high. It was electric on the softball field and off. I feel very honored to call him my friend,” said SSUSA Executive Director, Fran Dowell.

     “Jerry was a kind person and reliable Hall of Famer in every respect. Senior softball has lost a legend and we have lost a great friend. He will be missed by all the players that knew him,” added Pitzer.


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