In a recent comment posted to PlayBall!, one former park rat felt compelled to speak out for the “countless” ladies who played in the ARPD programs. Debra Almason, a Rittler Wildcat for life, inquired how to get more ladies featured on this fine digital periodical. Since this is not the Peoples Republic of China, and the countless staff members of PlayBall! do not repress anyone who played for a park, we will take this comment under advisement.
“What do you think staff?”
“Sure. We’ve got some photos, but names are in short supply.”
“Call Watkins down in circulation. He’s got a sister who still has her Rolodex.”
“What’s a Rolodex?”
In response to Ms. Almason, PlayBall! is pleased to present: Marie Wales of the Rittler Wildcats
Marie, who eventually married another park rat, is shown in this action photo from August, 1974.
“Yes, Watkins. She was married long after the photo was taken! And it’s another park rat you know.”
Now what was I saying? Oh, yes…
Marie, the youngest of the four Wales siblings who resided on Sandcreek Way – just a Don Dutcher home run away from Rittler – can be seen in the above Acamargraph ready to use that baseball bat on her older brother Bobby… strike that… she’s chasing a Gopher… no, it’s a Seal… a member of Boys Club? Never mind.
Rest assured that the ladies of the Alameda sandlots are welcomed with open arms here at PlayBall! So get off your Olympic viewing sofas and send in those names!