Back in the 1960s and 1970s the
annual "Moms" game was a much anticipated part of the season. The Senior
League Moms played the Little League Moms in 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
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
1974 Moms games, featuring Judy "Machine Gun" Beveridge and the Little
League "Untouchables" versus the Senior League "Fanny Farmers." The
second game in the double-header featured Babe Anderson's Minor League
Moms, the "Pirate Treasure Chests" versus the Minor League coaches.
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, Mrs.
Toskey, Rene Walsh, Mrs. Graham, Toxie Healy, Pat Burton, Barb
Schumacher, Mary Lou Miller, Mrs. O'Rourke, Kay Wheeler, Ellie
Kneeling: UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, Kathy Reid, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, Sally Clark,
Mascot: Mark "Little Knobby" Walsh on motorcycle. Gentleman in rear not
* The Senior League
Standing: Umpire Pat Buskirk, Umpire "Babe" Anderson, the remaining
twelve are not known.
Kneeling: Helen Kinzel, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN (behind still), Bonnie Saunders,
* The Minor League
Standing: Mrs. Anderson, UNKNOWN, Mrs. Tommarillo, UNKNOWN,
Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Seiler.
Kneeling: Mrs. Gielas, Mrs. Barth, Mrs. Ferreri, Mrs. DeBald, Mrs.
Pictures from the 1970 Moms Game>
* Photos provided by
Clint Burton, George Kinzel and Gregg Gielas *