In a small town – far away –
40 years ago – I played softball !
I graduated and went to work right away for Olean Tile Company –
That was in June of 1967 .
I did not have the chance to go on to college.
Those were tough times –
I had spent 51 days in the hospital my senior year – car accident.
But I recovered – and a little later –
started playing sports again.
First – it was for a radio station – basketball –
playing alumni of schools – teachers – varsity clubs.
Traveling WNY & WPA.
Then – it was softball –
And then it was on to softball –
in a league – in NWPA .
There were a bunch of us –
and I was nearing 30 –
which made me the oldest.
By about three years and more.
Later – in my mid 30’s – I moved onto volleyball –
In a 16 team league and tournaments.
But – this past weekend –
to my surprise –
at a birthday party in Va. Beach –
It once again came all together –
REUNITED after almost 40 years !
Five old friends – five old softball players
From our team in a small town far – far away !
The memories – all so long ago –
All are retired now except Jim –
And in a few years – he will be also.
70 years of age now –
and walking is now my sport along with a little golf.
Talking – remembering –
Still close friends after all those years.
It was a surprise – we got the picture –
All from a small town in NWPA
Meeting once again in Va.Beach –
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