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 is a team photo from the
Babe Anderson's 1974 Minor League Moms, called the "Pirate Treasure Chests"
and wearing the old Our Lady of Loreto softball team jersies. The exhibition
featured the Treasure Chests squaring off against the Minor 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 Minor League
Standing: Manager Babe Anderson, UNKNOWN, Mrs. Tommarillo, UNKNOWN,
Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Seiler.
Kneeling: Mrs. Gielas, Mrs. Barth, Eleanor Ferreri, Mrs. DeBald, Mrs.
Pictures from the 1970 Moms Game>
* Photos provided by
Gregg Gielas *