Managing a 55+ year old team
by Robert Ryan
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.