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50th annual Firemanís Classic set for July 18-20
By Don Bowman
Year in year out, ALWAYS one of the finest softball spectacles in the nation, the 50th†Annual Firemanís Softball Classic is slated for Valley View and Dred Scott Parks in Bloomington!
Nearly 100 teams are
expected, not just from the softball hotbed here in
Early this year, one
of the better softball sluggers in the land J.D. Bergsteiner (
Bergsteiner also commented about the harrowing defense that needed to be played on the open fields across the street of the Valley View complex, ďquite the experience!Ē Regrettably later that evening, J.D. died in his sleep (due to a heart problem) not able to fulfill his dreams for 2008, but at least getting to experience the pleasure that it was to play in the Firemanís in previous years, with Jean Shoppe.
Long Haul the team to watch
Hall/Phonemasters/Miken, will be the team to watch in
the menís Tier I division. Managed by Minnesota Hall of Famer hurler Teddy
Larson, watch out for sluggers Hank Garris, Denny Crine and Geno Buck (Red
and Buck, members of the Team Miken Bombers Tour group, recently competed at
Fastpitch tourneys galore
Fast pitch softball tournaments will be EVERYWHERE on July 11-13, as the Minnesota Metro Fastpitch League State Tournaments will be held in White Bear, Inver Grove Heights, St. Paul, Mounds View, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and more!
Umpire Ron Toskey passes away
Condolences to the
family of outstanding umpire Ron Toskey, who passed away due to a heart attack,
in his sleep, at his home in
Ron was doing a
great job as the sports manager at the Stadium Bar/Sportsplex in
powerhouse Resmondo/Worth (No. 2 rated in the land), won the Worth Northeast
With so few A and B menís teams around these days, there is talk that the prestigious Crystal Frolics Tournament will not have an open division. That would be very sad!
The good news is that there are 14 gazillion menís D teams in the state, and they could run 2-3 divisions of that if needed.
More good news about the Frolics. There will be a home run contest for both the men and women on Thursday July 24. For info, email Tony Schrepher at† firstname.lastname@example.org. A large cash payout is expected!
Yochum to reunite at Firemanís
Dan ďYo YoĒ Yochum will be reunited with Showcase (2007 World Champs) teammates Jimmy Thurman, Yoshi Thompson, Matt Kelsey and Ryan Zenk, in playing for All-American Restoration at the Firemanís. Rumors of the team† ďgetting the band back togetherĒ for 2009 have cooled.
Contractorís to play in Tennessee
will be making an appearance at the 2008 Smokey Mountain Classic in
Top womenís teams set for Firemanís
P3 out of Seattle,
one of the top womenís softball teams in the land, will take on