Who are you calling old-timers?
Parks and Rec will host annual softball game
for players 50 and up
There will be mitts, gloves, bats, balls, a mound with a pitcher and a home plate with a catcher. The only thing different about this game is there will be no Little Leaguers. Instead, seasoned players ranging in age from 50 to 100 will hit the fields for the 36th annual old-timers game at Shorefront Park in Patchogue.
Two teams will go head to head on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. Those interested in joining must do so before Aug. 30; the event is free and open to the public to watch. All players must be 50 or over.
Who will be there?
About 20 to 30 players, male and female, will hit the fields, the oldest being about 94, from last year’s game, and behind him, 88. The players will be split up in two teams for one game that day.
“The Greek,” Stanados Kalogeras, 79, an organizer of the group, said a lot of the players come from Brookhaven Town’s senior league, most of who remember playing at the fields as young kids and continue to for the love of the game.
Where: Shorefront Park (Perry Field), Smith Street, Patchogue
When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.; warm-up starts at 1 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 8
For info: Village of Patchogue Parks and Recreation Department, 631-475-4302
IF YOU WANT TO REGISTER:
All players must be 50 or over and must call the Patchogue Recreation Department at 631-475-4302 no later than Aug. 30. All players or bench support of past players who can no longer play will receive a shirt.
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