Brookline Little League Association
The Annual "Moms" Game - 1973

Back in the 1960s and early-1970s the annual "Moms" game was a much anticipated part of the season. It was a softball game that was more entertaining than competitive. Each team brought along their own assorted bag of tricks, and practical jokes were the theme of the day.

These games brought hundreds of spectators to the Community Center fields, many of whom were the kids, who got quite a laugh watching their moms running about acting foolish. The umpires were usually local dignitaries who came prepared for the silly shenanigans of our temporarily possessed mothers, and brought along a few tricks of their own.

Below are team photos from the 1973 Moms games, featuring Judy "Machine Gun" Beveridge and the Little League "Untouchables" versus the Instructional League "Hillbillies."

Suffice to say that it was a great day at the ballfield for young and old alike, and a tradition that ended too soon. It's been a long time since the "moms" have suited up, put on the leather gloves and limbered up in the on-deck circle. Here are some pictures to remind us of those simpler times before the advent of the "Corporate Mom."

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* The Little League Moms *

Picture of 1973 Little League Moms

Standing: Umpire Pat Buskirk, Mary Ann Gallagher, Judy Beveridge, Janet Toskey, Rene Walsh, Joanne Graham, Toxy Healy, Manager Pat Burton, Barb Schumacher, Mary Lou Miller, Bernie O'Rourke, Maggie Bonner and Ellie Lamonde.
Kneeling: Nancy Williams, Diane Augustine, Peg Hitt, Judy Schmude, Josephine Nassif, Sally Clark and Pat Bradley.
Mascot: Mark "Little Knobby" Walsh on motorcycle. The motorcyclist in the rear is John Passeau.

* The Instructional League Moms *

Picture of 1973 Instructional League Moms

Standing: Umpire Pat Buskirk, Umpire "Babe" Anderson, Gloria Bonnaner, Rose Caruso, Renee Doyle, Mary Mangan, Arlene Manko, Jean Hartman, Peggy Voyer, Marian Tondolo, Mary Kinsworthy, Lil Barth, ____ and Josie Fogel.
Kneeling: Helen Kinzel, Lorrraine DiMaio, Manager Rita Falce (behind still), Mary Lou Folino and Eleanor Ferrari.

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* Photos provided by Clint Burton and George Kinzel *

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