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May 26, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

1990's, Church league game. We are home team, bottom of 7th, down by 1. Leadoff batter, #6 in lineup gets a single. Coach, me, not paying attention. #8 batter jumps in batter's box and gets a double, fast runner on first, We win, WE win!!
Whoa; opponent catches the mistake and calls umpire's attention to it. One out, runner back to first, down by 1. #7 in lineup bats and gets a single. 2 men on, chances are looking good for the W!
#8 takes his appropriate time at bat in the batter's box; dribbler to SS, Double play! Game over!!
May 24, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

For a good number of years, one of the toughest teams we played was GA/Al Masters from 50's through 60's; maybe even 65's--not sure they were still under that banner.
Anyway, they usually whipped us soundly although we had a 1 run game at midnight in Augusta and another at midnight in Marietta.
We actually won by 10 once in my pre-season practice tourney and then they trounced us in Montgomery 2 weeks later. The worst that ever happened was another game in Marietta. After the top of the 7th we were ahead by 18 runs! In the bottom of the 7th, they scored 19!!!
May 22, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

My first softball game as an adult actually happened in Vietnam, summer of 1970. Charlie Troop, 2/1 Cav was running road security for infantry going into Cambodia. Mid-day we stop for C-rations next to a huge field which had been mowed. Some started throwing a ball around then yelled "Let's play a game."
In the 3rd inning I was on defense in CF. A high flyball came my way but well beyond me. As I started running back hoping to catch up to it an enemy mortar round hit in the treeline not far from me! So the ball continued in one direction while I reversed mine. Red Alert! End of game.
May 20, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

Late August, early evening league game, very dry summer, same original RF player as above. High fly ball hit to right, he is smoking on the field! He takes one last draw and throws his cigarette on the ground then catches the fly and tosses the ball to the cutoff.
Someone yells, right field is on fire! Timeout is called and both teams run to the outfield and stomps the fire out. We finished the game.

3 weeks later, same outfielder, smoking again! High flyball to RF. He tosses his smoke aside, taking his eye off the ball. His momentum carries him forward, he misjudges the ball which hits him in the nose which prompts him to yell in pain. Mouth open, false teeth fly out, momentum carries him forward resulting in him stepping on teeth and breaking them!
May 19, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

In the early 90's I ran softball leagues in the little town where I lived. I heard about a one day tourney in Gadsden a litle over an hour away. So I carried just a pick up team from my leagues to the tourney. Two players did not show leaving me with 10. The temperature that day was 105 with a heat index of 115!
We were 2/1 going into our 4th game. Halfway through the game our RF started having hip issues. So our catcher and RF exchanged places. Just as play was to resume, injured catcher calls timeout and informs the umpire that he cannot bend over and the umpire will have to retrieve the ball.
So for the rest of the game I pitched the ball and the umpire would retrieve then hand the ball to catcher who would then throw to me.My team went ahead 4/3 in the top of the 7th. The home team gets a man on base and the next batter who was 0/3 hit a homerun with an illegal bat. The umpire asked if we wanted to protest. With one voice our team shouted No Way and we headed home.
April 28, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: New 70's team

Rex, just curious, wondering where you think your first tourney will be?
April 28, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oh What A Beautiful Day!

Kelly's Ultimate Sports has 15% off their bats so I purchased a Miken Ultra Fusion Mike Dill Balanced bat. Yesterday I went to a ballfield nearby with a sack of softballs, my batting tee and my wagon. I hit off the tee at homeplate (43softballs), then put the tee in the wagon and went out to the outfield. Wherever I came upon a ball I put it on the tee and hit back towards the backstop. Almost 2 hours outside and 129 hits! 75 degrees, what a great day. Praying the season will open soon.

Amazingly, the bat started breaking in at about 50 hits. Gonna be a good one.
April 2, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: George's Dilemma

Good one, Texas. Any others Vets willing to share?
April 1, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Cry For Help!!!

Hankdog17, great report! Would love to hear what others are doing while we wait.
April 1, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Cry For Help!!!

OZ40, you are right there! Years ago, my M-I-L would get physically ill when the "Bad breath in Dogs" commercial aired. Emu is not that bad but close.
March 31, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Cry For Help!!!

Of course, everything I stated above (except the 20 pounds) is a bit of overkill, Omar. But you get where I am coming from. Oh, for the good old days. For the past 10 years or so I have gained around 10 pounds over the winter. I always counted on Spring and softball to help me lose it.
My prayer is that everyone stays safe and hopefully one day soon we will find ourselves back on the field. Meanwhile, I think I'll go and catch another nap.
March 30, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: George's Dilemma

On January 3, 1970, I flew to Vietnam. After 2 weeks of in-country training, I was assigned to C Troop, 2/1 Cavalry. Our firebase, Trooper, was 100 miles south of Cam Rhan Bay (not sure of spelling). When I arrived, those who had been there for months were completing work on a mess hall.
In honor of getting an ice machine and the mess hall being operational, Our C.O. declared on the following Saturday, we would have a picnic. He had all kinds meats, vegetables, etc flown in. Everyone had been eating C-rations for months so one can imagine the excitement.
All week one of my friends, Washington, had repeatedly stated how he longed for some mashed potatoes. His Momma made the best mashed potatoes in the world and he hoped if we had some they would be just half as good as Mommas'. Washington was obsessed all week with mashed potatoes.
Saturday finally arrived. The aromas coming from the mess hall were unbelievable. George, myself, and 3 others had gathered some empty 50 gal. drums and plywood and made ourselves a picnic table.
George was the last to arrive. In one hand, he had an entire plate of mashed potatoes piled up like a mini volcano. His other hand held a second paper plate with a variety of meats and other goodies.
As George raised his plastic fork and started to dig into his mashed potatoes, a giant horsefly circled his plate and like a dive-bomber buzzing ferociously buried itself in George's mashed potatoes!!
For the longest, George stood there staring at his plate and groaning with the most soul-felt low moan I ever heard and then finally pushed his plates forward and walked away. I assume George went back to his hootch for we did not see him the rest of the day.
I reached over and dug the horsefly out of the potatoes and divided them among the rest of us!!


March 30, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Cry For Help!!!

I have gained 20 pounds since January. I have watched all of the Lifetime movies I can take. I cleaned all of my clothes off our exercise equipment and my workout lasted about 10 minutes. There is a permanent indention in my recliner where I sat. I go out and cut my grass every day just to have something to do. I have nightmares every night about giant pretzels and chocolate cakes attacking me.
March 18, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wishful Thinking (Positive Thinking)

IF, and I know that it is a big IF, things improve by the end of April, just wondering if teams in the South would be interested in a one-day tourney on Saturday, May 2, in Birmingham, Alabama.

George Ward Park, 331 16th Avenue S. 3GG, 4 team RR, 5HR's then walks, supply your own senior authorized softballs.
6 fields available, taking 24 teams max, first signed, first served.
Info: Steve 205-647-2881 or leave message here.

Strykers 65's in.
March 15, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Tourney is CANCELED. See you next year.
March 13, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Birmingham P&R will make a decision on Monday. Right now, we are still playing.
March 10, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Distinguished Gentlemen 65's added.
March 10, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Nashville Strong 65's added.
March 5, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Kingsmen and R&D added.
March 4, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama RESCHEDULED

Saturday, March 21, 2020. Tourney at George Ward Park, 331 16th Avenue S, in Birmingham, Alabama.
3 GG, 4 team RR on each of 6 fields. $185 entry fee includes umpires, 1/1 count with extra foul, 5 Hr's then walks. Teams hit their own softballs that are official senior softball authorized.
Info: Steve at 205-647-2881 or leave message here.

Teams in: Strykers 65's, Trussville 65's, Silverbacks 65's, Montgomery Swarm 55's.
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