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A big PlayBall! shout out to Tom Spiersch for sharing this photo from the summer of 1956. Fervent Krusi Park rats everywhere will surely be delighted to see members of these Police League Champions from back in the day!

Some of the younger rats in our audience may be asking, “Why do our beloved ponies have Good Chevrolet on their shirts?”

Great question Joan Q. Public. Prior to the Alameda Elks Lodge becoming the major sponsor of ARPD park league baseball programs, local businesses flipped the bill for Police League. Note the spiffy “K” embroidered on these caps adorning these champion high school sandlotters.

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Being the good Republican that he is, Bob Orbeta will probably accuse this reputable media outlet of publishing false news. While we can’t confirm the year, other than young Orbeta was playing in the Pee Wee League, we do have published evidence that Robert was once awarded the prestigious Player of the Week!

The facts, as were presented by the Alameda Times Star, state the following:

“In a vital contest, Robert came through with a clutch performance to help his Pirate squad to an important tie in the tough Pee Wee League standings. He came up with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning with Washington down three runs. He connected for a game saving triple, driving in three runs, to tie the score.

The Lincoln Avenue resident is in the fourth grade at St. Barnabas School. He bats and throws right-handed and is coached by Steve Albright.”

This fine fish wrap is certain a complaint will be filed by the RNC claiming that the true story describes how Orbeta hit a grand slam into a 35 mile an hour wind with the ball somehow clearing the left field wall at Washington Park thus enabling a Pirate victory, not a tie as reported. This reporter thinks Bogus Bob and Putin are tampering with PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog.

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Little is known about Webster Park. PlayBall! welcomes any insight our readers may have about the location and park attributes. This much we know:

In 1956, the Webster Giants were part of the West End division of ARPD’s youth baseball program. With entries in the Midget and Little Coast Leagues. Don Mutch was the Park Director.

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Park Director (1956) – Lincoln

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Park Director (1956) – Franklin

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Park Director (1950s-60s) – Krusi

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Alamedans should lock their doors next month because the Garden Isle will be overrun with tigers… LONGFELLOW TIGERS!

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Phil Canalin, esteemed author and Encinal High School legend, just announced plans for a Longfellow Park Reunion on Saturday, June 10. Loyal readers of this digital fishwrap are left to wonder if Phil has had a few too many Longboard Lagers at today’s Park Street Spring festival. I can assure you that is not the case, he actually had the idea for this reunion minutes before he started savoring fresh malt beverages.

Longfellow Tiger Reunion, Sat., June 10
11:00am to 4:00pm
Bring a picnic lunch, chairs, blankets, balls, gloves
Bring family, friends and Tigers (live or stuffed)
Bring pictures, articles, Park memorabilia
JUST BRING IT!!!!

 

The question in this reporter’s mind is: Will Eagles, Pirates, Seals, Lions, Gophers, Colts, Mustangs, Indians, Wildcats, and Bears be welcome or slapped with a bicycle ticket by Jimmy Pitts? For more information post questions to Phil here on PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog!

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