Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for June, 2009

Before beginning production of the PlayBall! documentary back in 2003, I posted a notice in both the Alameda Times Star and Alameda Journal asking former ARPD players to contact me. The ink on that fishwrap wasn’t dry before my cell phone started to ring.

One of the guys who called was a former Woodstock Seal pitcher by the name of Steve Miller. Not only was Steve a good enough ballplayer to make it in NCAA Div I, he also had some home movies of his days playing in Alameda!

Here’s a still shot from those movies of Steve on the mound for Woodstock during a game at Godfrey Park.

Miller mows the Gophers down

Miller mows down the Gophers

Read Full Post »

Photo by Acamar

Photo by Acamar

On a warm summer afternoon in 1975, these two Little Coast players are doing their utmost to turn the call their way. Godfrey Gopher first baseman, Gary Silverman, is stretching to take the throw while the Pirate’s Rodney Rodriguez stretches for the bag.

Note the Washington Park stands in the background. You’ll see some parents enjoying the action. This was a fairly uncommon occurrence back then. Unlike many baseball leagues today, parents played a largely silent role in the ARPD program.

Kids rode their bikes to the park and often peddled to away-games on their own in a group. The games were scheduled during the week when most parents were at work. More than a few kids I know sometimes wish that were the case today!

Read Full Post »

Kevin Poh takes the throw as Edison’s Mike Bullock barrels into second base. The Krusi Mustang infielder held his ground and the ball while putting the tag on this burly Pee Wee League Tribesman. 

Photo by Acamar

Photo by Acamar

Read Full Post »

ARPD Park Director

Doris Sullivan is truly one of the Alameda Recreation & Park Department legends. Her long tenure as a park director enabled Doris to engage with thousands kids over the years.

Tours of Duty: Franklin, Godfrey, Krusi, Woodstock

Read Full Post »

Cooper rips another (Photo credit: Acamar)  Cooper rips another (Photo credit: Acamar)

Rittler catcher Eddie Vasquez must have called for the wrong pitch as Krusi’s Robbie Cooper adds another hit to his park career tally. Both of these Midget League players had older siblings who starred in the ARPD baseball leagues. Fireball pitcher Jesse Vasquez and multi-sport star Mike Cooper taught their younger brothers well as each enjoyed success throughout their own playing days.

Read Full Post »

Mark Chavez of the Longfellow Tigers hustles down the first baseline as Wildcat Norman Burrough stretches for the throw in this exciting Bantam League action at Rittler Park.

Photo credit: Bordanaro and Zarcone

Photo credit: Bordanaro and Zarcone

Note Will C. Wood School in the background. Wood School was still new in 1970 when this photo was taken, hence the rather barren conditions surrounding the mound that formed the school’s outdoor amphitheater. Shown here, before redwood trees were planted, the barely visible low fence backing this little hill created the perfect setting for a game of “home run derby”.

By the way… who’s the architect that designed Wood School? It looks more like a correctional facility than a middle school! Perhaps the deans of higher learning knew that one day Steve Shahbazian would attend.

Read Full Post »

Here’s the powerhouse Krusi Little Coast lineup:

Another title for Krusi Park (Photo: Acamar)

Another title for Krusi Park (Photo: Acamar)

FRONT ROW: Steve Ratto, Gary Berti, Jose Aragon, Mike Michaleto, Gary Weber, Jim Hagen

BACK ROW: Steve Stumborg, Mike Carlson, Bert Soffiotto, Pete Michaleto, Tom Meda, Charlie Neiderbrach, Chris Kapellas

COACH: Jim Sullivan

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »