Archive for the ‘Franklin Eagles’ 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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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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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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The Fleet Footed Feehan

Charlie Feehan looks like he means business when he says “I want to see wall-to-wall Franklin Eagles at the All-Parks Reunion next Saturday, July 31!! That means you, too, Bill Speier, even though you deserted your home park for Boys Club. I’ll forgive this traitorous act if you show up… maybe.”

Okay, Eagles. You heard “Fee”. Get your keysters down to Washington Park next weekend.

ATTENTION ALL PARKS: Folding tables and pop-ups are needed. Contact John Canalin or Adrienne Chaix-Alexander.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman visit Franklin Park in 1968

Hey, Franklin Eagles!

In case you missed today’s comment from Marty Watkins, give it a read. It was an instant return trip to Franklin Park 1968 on Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine! Nice job, Marty. I hope we see you and your sister Kim at the All-Parks Reunion. Speaking of which…

You won’t need Mr. Peabody or Sherman to take a trip back in time to those carefree days of being a kid in Alameda. A simpler time when all you had to worry about was leaving the park to get home in time for dinner. Come on down to the Alameda All-Parks Reunion and see your old pals, teammates and park directors. Our own Wayback Machine will be at Washington Park on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 am  to 4:00 pm.

Don’t miss out!

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“What’s up with Rittler? I can’t believe no one has stepped up as a reunion coordinator for the Wildcats! What’s the deal Shahbazian? Dutcher? This is why I played for Franklin even though I lived next to Rittler.”

Joe Edwards – Franklin Eagles, Little Coast All-Star (1972)

Let the games begin. Will there be a counter from the mighty Wildcats? Who will have the biggest contingent of former park rats at the Alameda All-Parks Reunion on July 31 @ Washington Park? If anyone from Rittler (or McKinley, Edison, Mastick, Buena Vista, Estuary and Lincoln) wants to help out as a reunion coordinator, please contact PlayBall! or  John “Longfellow Rules” Canalin.

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