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Managing a 55+ year old team

by Robert Ryan
(Antelope, CA)

For the past three years I have been managing a team of ballplayers who are 55+ years old in the Sacramento, California National Adult Baseball Association. Every Sunday from Mid March to the end of August we get to kids again, loving to play the game that we grew up with. Most of the conversations in the Dugout are either about current MLB teams, or we reminisce about the baseball players from our generation and compare them to today's MLB players. The team I manage is the 52+ plus Yankees. I was born and raised in Woodside NY, and have been a Yankee fan since 1955. I only wish my past 3 years managing was as successful as the real Yankees. All in all the game is still in our blood, and the desire to compete and enjoy the comrade of baseball and our teammates keeps us returning each year to play ball. The youngest player on our team is 54, and the oldest is 74.

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by: Rick, theoleballgame

It is said that "Baseball Fever" has no cure. True indeed!

It is wonderful that you and all the members of your league are still active in the game. When we are on the field, we are all kids at heart. There is a freedom in that environment that transcends all else.

I recently located a picture on the internet of a baseball field in Elmira, New York. I started my life out there, up to the age of 10.

This stadium was home to the Elmira Pioneers, at the time the Dodgers AA affiliate.

It was the location where I first watched a professional baseball game. The current picture brought back a rush of memories, for sure. It looks today, much as I remember it.

With our first game of catch, we also tend to catch the fever.

Thank you for your story. I wish you and all the members in your league the best.

"Keep swingin it"; baseball keeps us forever young!

Rick

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