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Located at 2807 Encinal Avenue, Hazzard’s Variety Store served the needs of kids from several parks and schools within a short bike ride, including the old Lincoln School on Central Ave., St. Philip Neri School on High St., Lincoln Park, Krusi Park, and Edison School and Playground. A great selection of candy, trading cards, Wiffle Balls, and even some toys were available here. Although Hazzard’s closed many years ago, the building is still there and current home of Lynn’s of Alameda and next door to the Versailles Pharmacy.

Antiques sit where bicycles once parked (Photo: Robles)

Antiques sit where bicycles once parked (Photo: Robles)

For more on the other park stores, see The Park Stores posting (6/8/09).

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Strike up the NFL orchestra with the classic voice of John Facenda…

“Tiny muscles flexed in the August sun, they take the field of honor in pursuit of unclaimed glory. For twenty seven summers they have chased the prize with outstretched gloves and splintered pine. Pitted steel beneath well worn shoes, flash yet again across the dusty track. No ordinary rodents these, it’s a time for champions to claim their ring.”

Okay, so it’s not The Autumn Wind, but the 1970 Godfrey Gopher Pee Wee team deserves Raideresque acclaim as they brought the first ever ARPD baseball championship to Alameda’s Bay Farm Island community. Special thanks to Mike Maurice for venturing into his attic and sending this shot our way.

From the archive of Mike Maurice

From the archive of Mike Maurice

FRONT ROW (left to right): Morris Bonadona, Ron Carlson, Rusty Quintana, Jim Ogden, Martin Dickinson, John Sturman, Mike Maurice.

BACK ROW: Jerry Ogden, John Belmares, Mike Dickinson, Don Carlson, Roger Hand, Robbie Westerhoff

STANDING BEHIND: Mel Arnerich, Godfrey Park Director

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I can’t think of two park offices in the ARPD system that were exactly the same. They came in all shapes and sizes. The Alameda city architect must have been focused elsewhere. Perhaps reviewing plans for Alameda’s original mega mall, the South Shore Shopping Center.

Dan Moore, former Lincoln Lion and ARPD employee, correctly identified this interior shot of the Lincoln Park office. Congratulations on correctly answering the Where Am I quiz, Dan! Your Tucker’s Ice Cream gift certificate for a delicious Tommy Tucker cone will be sent your way!

For those craving a park rat flashback, PlayBall! recommends a visit to the Lincoln Park office. Not much has changed at the “shack”and a few photos from years past are still up on the walls. To see more photos of this venerable old structure, visit the Lincoln Park – The Stats page.

Photo credit: Kin Robles

Photo credit: Kin Robles

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Hello to all my Krusi softball players!! Being park director at Krusi Park was one of the great joys of my life!! I would love to touch base with all of you.

Teaching second grade in Union City has been my passion for the last 25 years. Wednesday is “Baseball Day” in second grade. We read, write, sing, and learn math using baseball/softball each Wednesday. All Krusi Colts are invited to come and read a baseball story to my class on a Wednesday. Hope to hear from you…

Adrienne Chaix Alexander

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Although Adrienne posted her message to the Comments section, I want to give it “front-page” special attention. Bottom line is that she was a great PD. Teaming with Bill Leitz in the mid 70’s, they gave the Krusi regulars a great experience.

FYI – Adrienne’s father, George Chaix, was also well known among Alameda’s youth as the owner of George’s Liquors inside the Chestnut-Encinal Market. No, Mr. Chaix wasn’t selling beer to high school kids!! Far from it. In fact, he’d give you a lecture if you were buying too much beef jerky or candy from his well stocked supply of confections. Many a St. Joseph’s athlete stopped in after practice to buy a soda or that new green drink he sold… Gatorade. What most people didn’t know about George Chaix, is that he was a WWII hero, serving with the Marine Corps in some of the fiercest island battles in the Pacific.

Former Krusi park rats should take Adrienne up on her offer to make contact. I know she means it.

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