PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog is the living story of a simpler time when kids in Alameda spent their summers at the park and played baseball for the sheer love of the game. The PlayBall! blog chronicles the players, park directors, fields, uniforms, and personal memories from the summer days spent participating in the Alameda Recreation & Park Department (ARPD) youth baseball program.
When I produced PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Saga back in 2003, I had the opportunity to hear first-hand what a lasting impact the ARPD programs had on so many people. To this day, grown men and women who, like me, were “park rats” back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s happily engage in conversation about those times of their life.
I’ve coached my own kids in various sports for a lot of years, and as great as many of these programs are, none come close to offering the same type of complete experience that the ARPD fostered. You can’t turn back the clock, but I wish our children had the opportunity to enjoy playing in what many recreation professionals still consider a model program. It’s a big part of why growing up in Alameda, California was so much fun.
Now it’s time to sit back, relax and take a trip back in time to a summer day many years ago when all you had to worry about was being a kid and having fun at your neighborhood park!
Enjoy PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog and please contribute to your local recreation programs. Keeps kids off the streets and down at the park!
Kin Robles – Editor (Franklin Eagles)