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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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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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Spotting a speedy roadrunner on the Garden Isle is an extremely rare occurence, however, our crack PlayBall! staff has uncovered one recorded sighting. Back in September of ’75 one such bird was captured on Kodachrome at Rittler Park!

Yes, readers, Jeff Oh of the Rittler Wildcats was photographed trying on the golden cleat he was awarded as winner of ARPD’s 1975 Outstanding Baserunner! The Pee-Wee League speedster tore up the bath paths that season and his legend will live on here on PlayBall! for future generations in the new park league to aspire to!

Road Runner Award winner Jeff Oh of the Rittler Wildcats.

Road Runner Award winner Jeff Oh of the Rittler Wildcats.

Speaking of the ARPD’s new t-shirt baseball league, have you purchased your tickets yet to the big fundraiser this coming Thursday night – March 20 – at the luxurious Alameda Theatre? If not, get your own gold cleats on and dash down to the box office today! You can also order online at www.alamedatheatres.com  It’s only $10.00 and owner Kyle Conner is standing by to welcome you to the fun!  BEEP! BEEP!

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The editor is starting to lose it.

I‘m not much for paranormal activity, however, when the spirit of Otto Rittler paid me a visit last night I decided to hedge my bet. Will somebody PLEASE step up for Rittler so I can sleep at night. Otto and his Ghostly Boys Chorus are getting to me!

For a great story about Otto Rittler provided by Mike Bartell, visit the Rittler Park page.

Only 15 days left until the Alameda All-Parks Reunion. Saturday, July 31 at Upper Washington Park – Lil Arnerich Field – from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring your stories, a picnic lunch, lawn chairs and ice chest!

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Hey, Mark! You Rittler Wildcats need your help once again.

Mark Moser sporting white cleats and matching belt (Acamar photo)

Just like this great pick up you made on the diamond in 1974, your park needs someone to step up in the clutch as the All-Parks Reunion coordinator for Rittler. Come on guys, the job is easier than scooping up a Mark Ironside dribbler down the line.

All you have to do is hang the old Wildcat banner on the fence at Upper Washington. Make sure a couple of your park rats bring pop up tables. Maybe send an e-mail or two. It’s just that simple. Besides, you don’t want the ghost of Otto Rittler to start haunting your attic. Old Otto demands a good reunion presence from his namesakes. OH YEAH… did I mention that park coordinators get a FREE reunion t-shirt?

Just 16 more days until Alameda witnesses the return of the park rats! Contact John Canalin or PlayBall! today.

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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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