Posts Tagged ‘Woodstock Park’

The legend of Bob “Rocko” Rhodes, who by the way remains an Alameda fixture, started back in his youthful days with the ARPD. Bob began in the department’s employ as an umpire following graduation from the Sam Spear School of Umpiring in 1972. After two years on the circuit, Bob upped his game and paycheck by joining the ranks of the hallowed ARPD park directors. Many also recall Bob as the proprietor of “Rocko’s” on Park Street, a friendly establishment where he dispensed a weekly sermon from his watering hole pulpit to many former park rats.

Tours of Duty: Rittler (1973), Lincoln (1974), Krusi (1975) , Longfellow (1976), Woodstock (1977)


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In July of 1974, Norm Fenk was shown marking down yet another run for the McKinley Bears as they stormed past the Woodstock Dolphins by a score of 21 to 2. This was McKinley’s first win of the season (1-3) while Woodstock’s second squad fell to 0-3.

Bears teammate Jaime Hayame correctly answered this week’s Who am I? puzzler by identifying Norm. Perhaps Jaime can remind us who the McKinley coach was that season.

"I may run out of pencil lead!"

“I may run out of pencil lead!”

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Since 2003, I’ve heard literally thousands of comments along this line, “I wish they would bring back the old park league baseball program.” If you’re reading this, you are probably one of the people who shared this sentiment, and likely more than once!

Finally, after all these years, your voice has been heard and your wishes have come true. The ARPD youth baseball program is coming back in just a few months. Now that the new t-shirt league is on the offical books… WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The call to action for local park rats within the sound of my blog:

If you are in the greater Bay Area, please buy your tickets to our upcoming benefit event at the Alameda Theatre on March 20. ALL of the proceeds from this great event go direct to the new baseball program so kids can play for free. General Admission seats are just $10.00 and can be purchased on-line or in-person at the box office. The event is going to be chock full of fun surprises.

Please don’t wait. Hit a home run right now by clicking on this link and purchasing your tickets TODAY! $10 is a small price to pay for all the fun you once had playing ball at an Alameda park.


Bill Purcell of the Krusi Colts drops a beautiful bunt in front of Woodstock catcher Ed Buenting. Seals won the game 5-3 on a beautiful July day in 1970.

Bill Purcell of the Krusi Colts drops a beautiful bunt in front of Woodstock catcher Ed Buenting. The host Seals won the Little Coast game 5-2 on a sunny July day in 1970.

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Park Director

Tours of Duty: Woodstock (1985), Lincoln (1986-87)

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Park Director

Tours of Duty: Woodstock, Lincoln, Krusi

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Join former park director Mark Ambrosini and his 1983 Woodstock PeeWee team this Saturday, July 31 at the Alameda All-Parks Reunion – Washington Park – 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring lots of sardines with your picnic. Seals love them!

Photo courtesy of Mark Ambrosini

Mark’s undefeated Seals are shown celebrating after their big win to get them to the 1983 PeeWee League championship game. Can you name them?

FRONT ROW: Duane White (4th from left)

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At the end of every spring training, there’s a flurry of activity by GMs hustling to finalize their 25-man rosters. PlayBall! is no exception to the rule.

Here are the latest sandlot heroes to join their respective All-Time Park Rosters:

Mike Bergman – Godfrey

Steve Chavez – Godfrey

Rick Ensley – Godfrey

Tom Ilacqua – Godfrey

Allison “Buzzy” Bordner-King – Franklin

David Lucky – Godfrey

Anthony Nelson – Woodstock

Barry Nelson – Rittler

Dean Robertson – Woodstock – Park Rat #2,100

Mark Showalter – Godfrey

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