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Real name:
Dr. Gregg Mann

Location:
Angola, IN

Division:
Men's 75

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May 16, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just Curious

Thank you so much for the history lesson "stick8"......I indeed went back through some of the history materials collected over the many years and found him....he was indeed a highlight to the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.....Once again, thank you so much for sharing Bobby;s legacy.........
May 15, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just Curious

Doesn't anyone know anything about Bobby Chapp?
May 15, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just Curious

Regarding the "Bobby Chapp Memorial Tournament" underway today, who was Bobby Chapp? Have asked quite a few individuals and know one seems to know who he was........Just curious......thank you in advance
April 23, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Still Believe in Softball

Thank you so much for the awesome review of this post and best wishes to everyone for a successful 2021 season!
April 1, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changing the game forever

Save the money, time & effort Webbie.....Move the Pitcher's Mound back for his/her safety and go with T-Ball......
April 1, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changing the game forever

You might also consider waiting for the Price of this Ball and Who will be Paying a LOT more to Play........
March 15, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Still Believe in Softball

Bottomline, this really hits to the heart of the game we all love!
March 9, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Still Believe in Softball

If this is true, my apologies Dbax and to everyone.....Phil told me he penned it......Still a great piece of work!
March 8, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Still Believe in Softball

A deceased close friend of mine wrote this years ago and I thought it was something that would be welcomed by the Senior Softball community. On behalf of my close friend & teammate #12 Phil "the Lizard" Smith (R.I.P.), I know he would be honored to know his little ditty to the game is still active.
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I Still Believe in Softball

I believe in competition & camaraderie. I believe in brackets, bubble gum and bang-bang plays. I believe that attendance and preparation win games. I believe there is more to being a good batter than just being a good hitter. I believe in being relaxed on defense until the batter lifts his front foot. I believe it's ok to use defensive shifts to play the odds & head games. I believe in taking my turn to coach the base across the field from our dugout. I believe in checking on the condition of injured opponents. I believe players should applaud opponents after they make great defensive plays. I believe players get better with age. I am thankful & privileged to still be able to play at my age. I believe that softball has helped me as a person, I feel so lucky to be able to play.

I believe 40-pound curls are better than 12-ounce ones. I believe taking winter BP with a cheap bat helps to hit summer homers with an expensive bat. I believe in running out routine grounders and lazy fly balls, no matter how frustrated I am. I believe it is better to be a smart base runner than a fast one. I believe in scoring from 3rd base on a double-play grounder or from 2nd on a very deep fly. I believe in the nervous anticipation of a play at the plate. I believe in the quiet buzz in a dugout when the defense is underestimating a batter's power. I believe in the magical moment of recognition after contact on a "no-doubter" home run. I believe in catchers who talk junk & pitchers who throw it. I believe in infielders who think getting dirty is part of the job description.

I believe in fast outfielders who do not hug the lines or play too deep. I believe rattling bats can wake them up and uncrossing them can avoid bad luck. I believe in wiping the morning dew off a ball and squinting into a sunset. I believe I'll see a 3-6-1 double play again someday. I believe in saving an equipment catalog until the next issue replaces it. I believe photos, autographed balls and score-book pages can be better than trophies & t-shirts. I believe there is no off-season, just a longer wait until the next game. I believe in the butterflies of opening day and the long drive home after the final game. I believe in a small child in an over-sized jersey retrieving daddy's bat. I believe in showing appreciation to your family and friends who came to watch you play. I believe in thanking the umpires when the game is over, regardless of the score. I believe the final score is part of the overall experience. I believe in enjoying games in the twilight and respecting careers in theirs.
March 8, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Aahh! Life is so good!

My bad Fabe......
March 8, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Aahh! Life is so good!

Best wishes Fave for a successful season!
Jan. 24, 2021
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Wishes

Best wishes to everyone for an exciting & successful upcoming season!
July 15, 2020
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Results

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
July 15, 2020
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Results

Thank you once again for the results......
Dec. 24, 2019
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Extra Innings--Speed Up the Outcome

Have already done that in SSUSA tourney.......
Nov. 28, 2019
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous Holiday Season to everyone!
Aug. 20, 2019
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Results

Thank you so much for the results gentlemen..........
Aug. 19, 2019
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Results

Any word on the results from this past weekend's Northerns?
Jan. 10, 2019
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsorship

To whom it may concern: Please stop all phone, text and email inquiries regarding a possible Sponsorship for the upcoming season. Should I decide to once again Sponsor a club, it will be my pleasure to announce it at the proper time.

Sparky1
"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
Nov. 18, 2018
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: No Home Run Limit

Those days are long gone unless you get rid of today's bats & balls and bring the equipment from yesterdayyears!
Sparky1
"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
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