Whitesburg KY

Vanover’s Seniors Softball League

I was a member of the Suisun Valley Golden Seniors Slow Pitch Softball club for 35 years after 27 years of military service. I played until I was 86 years old.

I helped start the over-50 team after playing for the company and worked for 10 years. As we got older, we had the over-60 team, the over-70 team, and my last team was the over-80 team.

When most seniors picture the retired life, they see endless amounts of downtime filled with a lot of nothing.

A senior found himself retired and in need of something to do, as he had always been active.

As a member of the Senior Softball League team, we competed against teams from northern California all year long. We practiced on Mondays and Saturdays for a few hours from 9:30 a.m., with games every Thursday in a double-header format.

You would think that players our age playing softball wouldn’t be entertaining, but it’s a fairly competitive league. There’s still some trash talking — all in good fun, of course. When I played for the over-80 team, the passion to play was still alive, we’re just a bit slower.

I’m retired now after 35 years of playing, and I still miss those days when I hit .400-plus at bat.

Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.

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