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Dateline: August, 1954 – The baseball field at Lincoln Park may be named after legendary N.Y. Giant shortstop Dick Bartell, but in the summer of 1954 the king of that diamond was 15-year old Don Sherratt. The Alameda Times Star reported that young Sherratt was on track to follow the great Bartell to the majors after he posted a phenomenal .818 batting average in the ARPD’s Police League summer baseball circuit. No adjustment of your eye glasses is necessary… the kid hit .818 leading his Lincoln Park Dodgers to the East End Championship that featured the squads from Franklin, Krusi and McKinley Parks.

Don played the hot corner and had numerous opportunities to show off his fine arm and glove as the opposition frequently discovered. He was also a member of the 1953 Lincoln team that also won the East End crown. Frisco Sartor, Alameda American Legion baseball coach and Lincoln Park Director, said of Sherratt, “a fine prospect, possessed of many natural abilities and, with the proper guidance, should prove to be an outstanding baseball player.”

Of the experience, Don had this to say, “The ARPD’s Police League was great because of the players connection with a police officer who was the team coach and became the players friend.”

Don Sherratt, a great ball player, career educator (see photo below), and truly an Alameda Legend!

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After his playing days were over, Don had a long and very successful career in the Alameda School District.

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Today was a glorious day on the Garden Isle of Alameda and not just because of the weather! The sun was shining and the cry of “Play Ball!” was once again heard on city baseball diamonds as the new ARPD Youth Baseball League hit the field. Opening Day saw a new generation of kids playing ball in the park just as thousands of kids before them during the Golden Age of park league baseball.

A full compliment of young boys and girls decked out in brand new park league t-shirts were all smiles as the games got under way across Alameda. The crack of the bat brought grins not only to the players but also to those on hand. Cheers went up from the stands as the kids made one great play after another.

Members of the Park League Advisory Committee were on hand at Lincoln Park for the ceremonial start of the 2014 season. Along with the Dean of Alameda baseball, A.J. Lil Arnerich, were committee members Kevin Kennedy, Eric Cross, Adrienne Chaix, Cyndi LaCroix, and Kin Robles. ARPD chief, Amy Wooldridge was all smiles (and sighs of relief) as play got underway for the inaugural season. Rich Bullock Sr., former Lincoln Park Director, called the game as a volunteer umpire. Former park rats Mike Taylor (Lincoln) and Brett Pedersen (Krusi) came down to watch the action.

A young Lincoln Lion prepares to get his first hit of what will be a long t-shirt league career.

A young Lincoln Lion prepares to get his first hit of what will be a long t-shirt league career.

Thanks to everyone who had a hand in bringing back this Alameda institution. Your generosity and belief in the youth program, that to this day still defines a community, made the return of the t-shirt league possible.

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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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Once upon a time, inquiring Alamedan’s rushed to get their news each morning from publisher Abe Koffman’s Alameda Times Star (10 cents worth more!). In the digital age, Alamedan’s in the know, still rush to the ol’ newspaper AND The Alamedan blog via their smart phones, tablets, and computers for the latest Island scoop.

Today’s edition of  The Alamedan alerted milenial masses about our new t-shirt baseball league and the First Pitch Benefit Party! Big shout out to blogger Michelle Ellison who’s been a big supporter of this effort from day one.

Visit The Alamedan today and read it for yourself!

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While you’re trying to identify this popular figure from the golden age of the ARPD’s original t-shirt baseball league, make your plans to join hundreds of other former park rats on March 20 at the Alameda Theatre. On this night, you’ll have the chance to renew old friendships from your park days. Catch up with many of your favorite park directors. Meet former major leaguers who once played on the same fields you did while proudly wearing their park t-shirts. And, after some special recognitions, settle into a comfy seat to watch the story of the original ARPD t-shirt baseball league as told in the documentary “PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Saga.”

All this for just $10.00 – all of which goes direct to fund the new ARPD t-shirt baseball league. Visit the Alameda Theatre website today and order your tickets online.

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Did you miss me? Silly question. OF COURSE YOU DID!

Well fellow park rats, even if you didn’t notice my absence here on PlayBall! Alameda’s Sandlot Blog, I know for certain you’ve all missed the legendary Alameda T-Shirt Baseball League. Guess what? Like this blogging pundit, the league is back!

Thanks to the PlayBall! Advisory Committee, chaired by Kevin Kennedy, and in conjunction with Alameda Recreation and Park Department, Friends of the Parks, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and the original t-shirt league sponsor, Alameda Elks Club, kids will once again take to the baseball diamonds of Alameda for FREE supervised league play in the park!

The Advisory Committee, consisting of Alameda legends like Lil’ Arnerich, Adrienne Alexander-Chaix, Kyle Conner, John Costello, Eric Cross, Kevin Kearney, Cindi LaCroix, some character named Robles, and Bill Sonneman, joined Kevin to lead the charge in making this happen. It’s been a true labor of love for this crew working with the ARPD, now under Amy Woolridge, and ARPD Supervisor, Pat Russi (Rittler Wildcat).

A gala First Pitch Benefit Party is slated for the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Thursday, March 20, 2014. You won’t want to miss it. Some Longfellow Tigers are already growling how they will be best represented that night. We’ll see about that!

Stay tuned park rats because once again it’s time to PlayBall!!!

The mighty Franklin Eagles have already hijacked the big screen at historic Alameda Theatre!

The mighty Franklin Eagles have already hijacked the big screen at historic Alameda Theatre!

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Like all great socio-anthropologic efforts, you will never know everything about any one subject. It’s an ongoing search to uncover the unknown. So, too, is the case with PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog. We’ll never rest until every park rat has been identified, all the old shirts re-discovered, and every last one of Barry Weiss’ sunflower seed casings unearthed well, maybe we need SuperFund resources for that last one).

Thanks to a recent post by Fready B. Wishups, we know have a new path to follow. Mr. Wishups calls attention to what was once known as the Webster Playground. Our staff will will now begin to explore where Webster Playground was located and more about a seemingly forgotten haven for Alameda’s west end kids.

Here’s what Fready has to share: “WEBSTER PLAYGROUND had the following players: Tommy Harper, Sidney Lane, Mac Arthur Lane, Donald Johnson, Milton Johnson, James Carter, Marvin White, Emerson Johnson, James Nelson and more that I can’t think of now… Mr. (Don) Grant was a Playground Director at both Webster and Estuary with Webster being his first assignment.

So park rats and would be “socio-anthropologists” everywhere, start scraping the memory banks for more on this forgotten Island paradise. (LOL, the title of “socio-anthropologist” will get you into more places than just being an Elk, plus a discount at Walgreen’s at South Shore Shopping Center!)

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