Archive for June, 2010

Calling all Park Rats!

Mark your calendars. The long rumored All Parks Reunion has been set for Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Upper Washington Park – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to catch up with your old park pals and those energetic park directors who kept us all in line. Here’s how it works…

On July 31, all park rats will gather at Upper Washington Park (Arnerich Field) for an afternoon of fun, food and festivities.

Each park will be designated space at the reunion venue to gather and set up their lawn chairs, blankets, ice chests, pop-ups, etc. Patrick Russi of the ARPD is digging out the old park banners – although a couple will have to be recreated (Rittler, Edison). Look for your park and set up camp.

Designated grilling areas will be available. We ask that participants from each park coordinate their own food and beverages.

John Canalin, Longfellow legend and King of the Slap Double, is calling for volunteers to act as coordinators for each park. The job of the coordinators is contact other park rats and establish their park team. That team will ensure some reunion day logistics are managed for their park rats. Ever the task master, John asks that volunteers step forward by July 1. If you are interested in helping as a reunion coordinator for your park, you have two options:

1. Add John Canalin as a friend on Facebook: John Canalin

2. Send an e-mail to us at: playball94501@gmail.com

Adrienne Chaix Alexander is leading the effort to get as many former Park Directors as possible to the reunion. If you know where one is hiding or how to contact them, please let Adrienne know via the e-mail address listed above.

In addition to the fun of seeing some long-lot friends, there will be some special recognitions and events that you’ll want to participate in. Please bring your family and subject them to still more stories about the time you hit the ball over the right field fence at Lincoln Park and how it bounced off the roof of the Encinal Market two blocks away.

Stay tuned for more details!


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Here is a recent comment posted by a young PlayBall! reader named Cody:

Is this a league where you can sign up and play baseball with no tryouts? If it is I would love to join and just have some fun playing ball.


This should make the skin on former Park Rats everywhere tingle. Imagine, a young man who wants to go to the park and just play ball! No tryouts. No one to say you are good enough. Just grab a glove and head to second base. How many of us were fortunate enough to hear that from one of the great park directors back in the day?

Cody, I wish I had the power to whisk you back to a summer day in 1969 so you could experience what we did every day during every summer.

In this age of traveling baseball, not all our kids are being well served. Lil Arnerich, where are you? A new generation of park rats needs you.

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