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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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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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Ponce Pounces on Rittler Wildcats

Ponce Pounces on Rittler Wildcats

Longfellow Tiger Gabe Ponce pitched a one-hitter against the Rittler Wildcats in 1970 Pee-Wee League action. The fourth-grade Tiger ace also contributed a three-run homer and a two-RBI base knock in the 17-0 route. (Did Rittler have anyone on the field?) Gabe fanned ’16 Cats but lost his no-hit bid when opposing pitcher Charlie Bertucio laid down a beautiful bunt to reach first base.

Ponce is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabrial Ponce of 623 Lincoln Avenue. This is Ponce’s first Player of the Week recognition (we bet he earns another one down the road). Gabe has 29 total strikeouts this season and is tied with another Pee-Wee hurler, Ray Snider of the Edison Indians.

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On August 28, 1972 the ARPD named Jeff Hartley as Little Coast Player of the Week. The Longfellow star was clutch in the Tigers run to the league championship. In a must-win game against the Krusi Colts, Hartley’s two-run double in the top of the ninth propelled the Striped Cats to a playoff date against the Washington Pirates. In the biggest game of the season Jeff once again came through in the clutch. His seventh inning single knocked in two big runs that propelled Longfellow to the 1972 Little Coast title. Jeff lived at 523 Buena Vista Avenue.

"Mr. Clutch" Jeff Hartley

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On July 12, 1966, Chuck Sabbatini of the Lincoln Lions was named Little Coast League Player of the Week. Chuck played a key role for the boys of Lincoln in a close game against Franklin. Coming on in relief with one out, “Sabbo” immediately shut down the Eagles bases-loaded threat. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sabbatini also added two base hits in the Lions 7-4 victory. This was not the first Player of the Week honor for the Sterling Avenue right hander. Chuck was a frequent star on the sandlots of Alameda. Today he spends his time looking for errant drives off the tee.

Photo: Bordanaro and Zarcone

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