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Jim was a park director for ARPD before moving on to work in the City of Oakland recreation program. He’s also the father of Edison Indian Greg Battersby,

Tours of Duty: Lincoln 

Jim Battersby today.

Jim Battersby today.

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PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog extends a big hug to all the current and former Alameda mothers out there! You were the well-oiled machine that enabled thousands of us park rats to flock to our respective parks each day.

THANK YOU!!

Mrs. Joan Henderson cheers on her lil' park rat Charlie on a summer day, some 40 years ago.

Mrs. Joan Henderson (right) cheers on her lil’ park rat Charlie on a summer day, some 40 years ago.

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Someone recently told Alameda’s Sandlot Blog that in 1958 Franklin Park fielded a team named the Mets. The City Desk argued that wasn’t possible since the New York Mets didn’t come into existence until 1962. A little more research led our staff to the magical 1964 season and the second division finish for… the Franklin Mets.

But you may be asking, “Why was magical about the 1964 season?”

The answer is simple and can be found in the standings where the storied Estuary Rams went undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark!

Here’s the final standings for 1964 in the Little Coast League:

Estuary, Krusi, Franklin and Lincoln were the Little Coast powers in 1964.

Estuary, Krusi, Franklin and Lincoln were the Little Coast powers in 1964.

 

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Park Director

Rich Bullock, Sr. was the Director at Lincoln when Tom “Sam” Spear made his legendary catch as a Lion outfielder. After his directing days, Rich settled down to produce his own nest of park rats and accomplished athletes. Rich was also very active in community events, including the successful “Save Edison Playground” movement. Neighborhood kids who proudly wore the Edison Indians colors went door-to-door gathering signatures to petition City powers that the Edison School playground continue as part of the recreation and parks program. They won the day!

A nice body of work Rich, worthy of consideration for the Alameda Park Rat Hall of Fame!

Tours of Duty: Lincoln (1958)

No photo available at this time… check the scrapbooks!

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The Edison Indians earned their first victory of the 1970 campaign behind the strong pitching and slugging of Ricky Salvera. The Pee-Wee League ace tossed a one-hit gem against Krusi while fanning 12 Mustang batters. As if his pitching weren’t enough to cement Pee-Wee Player of the Week, Ricky added 9 RBIs from his double, triple and home run! Through July 28, Salvera is safely pounding the sphere at an impressive .667 clip! The son of Mrs. Maxine Maust, the Edison School 4th grader’s home is at 1179 Park Ave.

Indians pitcher corrals Mustangs

Indians pitcher corrals Mustangs

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From the blacktop of Edison Playground to the Big Show. A lively arm and determination to play the game at the highest level are what put Eric Schulstrom in a Minnesota Twins uniform to face the best batters the American League had to offer. Now, Erik will join his fellow Edison Indians and other former park rats at the First Pitch Benefit Party on March 20.

What about you?

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Former Minnesota Twins reliever and Edison Indian ace, Erik Schullstrom will join the fun on March 20 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

 

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Park Director

Rick contacted PlayBall! to let us know that he’ll be returning to his old Washington Park domain for the All-Parks Reunion. And he did! Rick is male park director #100 on our all-time roster!

Rick coached the 1972 Little Coast Nationals All-Star squad, along with Steve Weiss. Rick’s brother Gary, is also on the all-time park director roster.

Tours of Duty: Washington, Longfellow, Edison, Krusi, Franklin

Rick Fenstermaker in 1972 (J. Johnson photo)

Rick minus the sideburns in 2010 (Photo by Mina)

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