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
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
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* The Little League
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 *
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
Kneeling: Helen Kinzel, Lorrraine DiMaio, Manager Rita Falce (behind still),
Mary Lou Folino and Eleanor Ferrari.
Pictures from the 1970 Moms Game>
* Photos provided by
Clint Burton and George Kinzel *