There happened to be an old bound file of the Herald’s opened to a July 28, 1958 issue that had a headline pertaining to the goings on of men’s fast pitch softball during that week.
The fast pitch game was very popular in the country at that time and particularly in small towns like Havana, Quincy and Cairo.
The main player, of course, was the pitcher, and the lead story in the article was about a duel between Havana Wrapper hurler Jimmy Warner and Quincy Smoker thrower Alex McMillian that went 16 innings and was settled when the Wrappers’ Frank Hauversburk hit a two-run double to win the event 2-0.
“Red” Bert, Clarence Hooks and Tommy Taylor were among other names listed in the article.
I had contacts with all these men in some capacity. Red’s son Chip was an outstanding athlete at Munroe and coaches the North Florida Christian girls’ softball team.
Clarence pitched for IGA of Tallahassee during the time of the article. He not only was an outstanding pitcher but was also a noted umpire in the area and took very good care of the ball fields for the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department for years.
Tommy pitched for the Cairo All-Stars and was Recreation Director in the South Georgia town for years. I also refereed some of his games when he coached middle school teams in the area.
Of course, I was very close to Alex and will always feel that he was one of the main reasons I stayed around here this long.
All in all the article was enjoyable and I hope to write a longer story about fast pitch softball in our area in the further.
I’ll admit to start with that I’m not a big soccer fan, but I have been impressed with the USA team the past month in Gold Cup play.
While sweeping through the tournament, the Americans ran their winning streak to 11 straight when they defeated Panama 1-0 in the finals Sunday.
It looks like the USA team could be a force to reckon with when World Cup play comes around next year.
The drug scandal is hitting Major League Baseball hard with suspensions about to be handed out left and right.
This past Sunday MLB had its annual Hall of Fame Induction and all three inductees, Jacob Ruppert, Hank O’Day, and James “Deacon” White, came from the old timers’ committee.
It shows just what baseball writers are thinking as they refuse to vote in players that appear to have cheated and gained advantages to raise their stat levels.
A lot of players who people figured to be shoo-ins won’t make the Hall, or will have to hold their breath before making it.
Writing of the Hall of Fame, the NFL will have its 2013 inductions this weekend and will have the Hall of Fame game this Sunday.
The game officially opens the NFL exhibition season. It will feature the Dolphins and the Cowboys and will be televised on NBC at 8 PM.