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ARPD baseball was in full swing when Rittler met Edison for a mid-July 1975 contest. We have no idea who prevailed but we know the Wildcats were threatening to score in this photo. When the camera shutter clicked, the Rittler batter, “Bomber Bob” Levering, had just connected with the pitch. You can see the ball below the Krusi Diamond designation (3) on the far left. There must have been less than two outs as savvy baserunner Robert Abriol is waiting to see if the baseball gets through the infield before attempting to score. Edison’s Greg Folrath is shown toiling behind the plate.

Park Rat Question of the Day: Is that Pat “Elfie” Thomas watching the action from behind the backstop? Only the Krusi Park faithful know for sure.

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Bomber Bob Levering puts the orb in play.

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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 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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From the blacktop of Edison Playground to the Big Show. A lively arm and determination to play the game at the highest level are what put Eric Schulstrom in a Minnesota Twins uniform to face the best batters the American League had to offer. Now, Erik will join his fellow Edison Indians and other former park rats at the First Pitch Benefit Party on March 20.

What about you?

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Former Minnesota Twins reliever and Edison Indian ace, Erik Schullstrom will join the fun on March 20 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

 

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With the much ballyhooed addition of Dan “Cranky Pants” Bullock to the All-Time Edison Roster, the Indigenous Band of Ballplayers is now up to 199 members!

Also close to reaching the prestigious 200 Member Club are the following parks:

Longfellow Tigers – 194

Woodstock Seals – 187

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Here’s a great photo showing members of the Edison Band of Indigenous Baseball Players celebrating the announcement that Alameda voters approved a ballot measure enabling construction of a tribal casino. The opulent Las Vegas style gaming emporium will be located on Lincoln Avenue, between Pearl Street and Versailles Avenue. The Mayor and City Council were unavailable for comment, but a spokesperson for developer MoonPal told PlayBall!, “Despite unfounded public concerns, we believe the project will be a huge boost to the local economy.”

Tribal Administrator Barry Weiss announces the big news in July, 1970

Okay, enough of the Election 2010 shenanigans. While this photo does capture a band of Edison Indians celebrating, they are actually in the middle of a victory cheer following their fourth consecutive Bantam League win. This time their victim was the Longfellow Tigers who were scalped by a score of 26-10. Wielding the big war clubs for Edison were: Kevin Dillon (4 hits, 4 runs, 2 triples), Terry Lowry (4 hits, double, triple), David Bartley and Brad Keiffer (3 hits each).

I can still hear Barry Weiss’ favorite victory chant: “Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds! Yeaaaaah!”

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Opened: 1935 (School opened in 1926)

Location: Lincoln Avenue, between Pearl Street and Versailles Avenue

Named for: Thomas Edison, great American inventor

Baseball Diamond: No

Team Names: Warriors, Indians

Championships

Bantam League: 1976 (undefeated)

Pee Wee League: 1964

Practice on the Edison blacktop circa 1978

Practice on the Edison blacktop circa 1978

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