Archive for the ‘Godfrey Park’ Category

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.


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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On July 16, 1973, Charlie Niederbrach ran outside of his home at 3205 Otis Drive to get the Alameda Times Star. Why you ask? Obviously, he wanted to read the latest news about the Watergate scandal. NOT!

Charlie, like most every kid on the Island, wanted to get his hands on the latest edition of the PlayBall! baseball supplement published every Monday. This particular edition featured young Niederbrach for his pitching exploits the previous week. Unfortunately for Charlie, PlayBall! was famous for a gaffe or two in these special editions. This day, the Krusi Colt pitcher was identified as a catcher for Godfrey Park… the opposing team!

Rodent pitcher had a big game in July 1973.

CHARLIE NIEDERBRACH            Godfrey Catcher

“CHARLIE NIEDERBRACH, right-handed pitcher for the Krusi Colts pitched his team to victory over Godfrey. 5-1, as he struck out seven batters and allowed only five hits. Charlie stopped several Godfrey rallies with great clutch pitching. The win against Godfrey keeps Krusi in the Little Coast race.

Charlie has been selected as a Player of the Week before, and was an All-Star selection last year. He attends Lincoln School and is in eight grade.”

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Park Director

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

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Park Rat and Park Director

“Little Timmy” Goodman was a loyal Krusi Colt who grew into a park director at Godfrey Park.

Tours of Duty: Godfrey

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Roster Wire for April 14, 2010:

Ronny Farris – Godfrey

Mickey Fox – McKinley

Mark Galletto – Krusi

Bill George – Franklin

Bill Orr – Rittler

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PlayBall! reporters welcome Soares Frankel

PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog is pleased to announce that Sue Soares Frankel has earned status as a Cub Reporter. She joins Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent and Lois Lane on the staff. Sleuthin’ Sue has contributed another 12 names to the All-Time park rat rosters. Her latest discoveries (shown below) are ladies who participated in the 1973 Junior Girls All-Star Softball Classic.

Thanks, Sue. Now get to work! I want another 100 by week’s end.

Ann Madock – Godfrey

Karen Tipton – Lincoln

Maggie Dermont – Longfellow

Michelle Shircliffe – Longfellow

Sue Petross – McKinley

Marsha Copple – Rittler

Eva Santos – Rittler

Sabrina Burhanan – Washington

Tony Mitchell – Washington

Dareth Barwick – Woodstock

Julie Lynch – Woodstock

Suzy Lynch – Woodstock

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