Again, I’ve retired as manager and pitcher of our over-80 coed softball team here in California. This makes the third time I’ve retied. My teammates have talked me into retuning to the team before.
At my age, I just don’t have the love for the game anymore.
My teammates gave me a plaque for my 36 years of playing as a senior, and for pitching our over-75- year-old players to become the northern California champs at Sacramento, Calif., in 1997.
I played the 27 years I was in the military, all over Europe, the Far East, and every military base I was assigned to in the states, except the Pentagon, which had no team.
My ball playing started in our large yard on our 100-acre farm in Cane Branch, and the school grounds at Burdine School, and as a young teenager playing for Bud Blizzard’s traveling baseball team.
We had a great team and won many games in the two years I played with them.
Before I became a senior, I played with the young guys here in town, and held my own with them.
I will miss the game.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.