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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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Just three years removed from the lineup of the Alameda High School Hornet varsity baseball team, Chris Speier was the starting SS for the San Francisco Giants. Shown here at Spring Training for his rookie campaign in 1971, the former Franklin Eagle would play in the NL Championship Series that year, hitting a home run in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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“The Alameda Rifle” would return to Franklin Park from time to time. One such visit included fellow Giants infielder Chris Arnold. The two dazzled young ballplayers with a game of “burnout” in which the major leaguers would play catch with ever increasing velocity on their return throws. Tom Lyons recalls Franklin regular Brian Cary as one unfortunate victim of Speier’s attention for another round of burnout!

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Once upon a time, inquiring Alamedan’s rushed to get their news each morning from publisher Abe Koffman’s Alameda Times Star (10 cents worth more!). In the digital age, Alamedan’s in the know, still rush to the ol’ newspaper AND The Alamedan blog via their smart phones, tablets, and computers for the latest Island scoop.

Today’s edition of  The Alamedan alerted milenial masses about our new t-shirt baseball league and the First Pitch Benefit Party! Big shout out to blogger Michelle Ellison who’s been a big supporter of this effort from day one.

Visit The Alamedan today and read it for yourself!

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Park Rat and Park Director

The flashy Franklin Eagle shortstop went on to become a become a park director.

Tours of Duty: Krusi (1984-85)

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Park Director

Tours of Duty: (1962-65) Godfrey, Lincoln, Franklin

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Thanks to Kim Watkins, who alerted us that her sister also played for the mighty Franklin Eagles, we have reached another milestone…

Tracy Watkins – You are former park rat #2,300!

Honorable mention goes to Noreen Roth of Longfellow at 2,299.

Retro shirt graphics created by Lindzi Mapplebeckpalmer

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