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Pirate batters are all ears as Washington coach John Lopez gives them final orders before stepping to the plate. The PlayBall! Wayback Machine can’t provide details of the actual outcome but surely Mark Soots and Jim Flood delivered on this August summer day in 1971.



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Climbing into the PlayBall! Time Machine for July 6, 1962 we find the following PeeWee League action:

Woodstock Seals Shutout Indians 6-0

Woodstock pitcher, Dean Robertson, hurled a two-hit shutout, fanning 15 Edison batters. Only two members of the Tribe received free passes.

Pirates Ground Eagles

Washington Park pitchers combined for a no-hit gem that sent Franklin hurtling to earth in a 10-1 de-feathering. On the bump for the Bucs were hurlers Ottervanger and Tavares who only allowed a single unearned run to cross the plate.

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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.


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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The Washington Pirates, and their former leader Roger Alexander, look forward to hosting the first Alameda All-Parks Reunion.

SATURDAY, JULY 31 – 11:00 to 4:00 PM

1:00 PM – Official Welcome and Commemoration – Special recognitions for the late Curt Motton (former park rat, Encinal HS, Baltimore Orioles); and Sandy Bertero a career ARPD employee and memorable former park director.

Bring your memories, picnic lunch, lawn chairs, ice chest, and all the family units (those long suffering folks who’ve heard stories of your childhood sandlot heroics for the past 30 years or longer). It’s going to be a great day!

And now, here’s the “Rajah” and some of your Buccaneer hosts…

ARPD Midget League Champs in 1975 (Acamar photo)

Top Row: Tony Reyes, Mike McGreaney, Tony Tramble, Park Director Roger Alexander, Marvin White, Butch Buchanan, Ben Brieger, Roger Viray, Rich Garcia, Chuck Contaxis.

Bottom Row: Can you name us?

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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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Here are the 1973 ARPD Midget League Champion – Washington Pirates

Photo by Acamar

Front Row: Andy Garcia, Robert Jackson, Frank Groves, Rodney Rodgriguez, Joe Inocenio, Jeff Mims,

Back Row: Larry Wayne (coach), Mark Soots, Jim Flood, Alan Beck, Steve Gutierrez, Larry Scott, Ken Cranberry

Congrats to the 8-1 Pirates, wherever you are. Do you think Kenny Cranberry joined the military? Looks like he’s already standing at attention.

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