Park Opening: 1963
Named after: Otto Rittler, early Alameda recreation superintendent
Location: Corner of Grand Street and Otis Drive
Baseball Diamonds: One (1) – Note: Additional diamonds added after 1980 by Alameda Little League.
Dimensions: Left Field – 368′ to sidewalk (Grand Street) / Right Field 362′ to sidewalk (Otis Drive)
The Rittler Park office was actually part of Lum School, and seemed more like a utility closet than an office. (See photo below) The small space featured dutch doors and only had enough room for a corner countertop desk and athletic equipment storage. A large wire screened window looked out on the basketball blacktop and bicycle racks. As was the case at most parks, the telephone was connected to an alarm-like bell so that directors could hear it ring while out on park grounds.
Team Name(s): Wildcats, Bobcats, Wildkittens
Prior to the park’s dedication to Rittler, the playground was associated with Donald Lum School. Before 1964, teams were referred to as the Lum Wildcats.
Pee-Wee League: 1963 (7-0; Lum – American Division), 1964, 1973 (8-1).
“When I was a pee-wee circa 1963, we (Rittler) played a game vs. Krusi @ Krusi park. We won the game. There was a distinguished older gentleman in the stands dressed in a suit. After the game this older gentleman walked over to the dugout and congratulated all of us and gave Todd Forbes money to take us all to Tucker’s for ice cream. The old guy was Otto Rittler.”