Goings on Around HCSSL…
Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will ﬁnd
Sandy is one of the ﬁrst people I met when
an article by Mitch Schwartz, which I am
I joined the league 13 years ago. I wasn’t
pleased to say is intended as the ﬁrst in a
consciously aware of it then, but looking
series of articles exploring HCSSL’s
back, that probably wasn’t an accident, as
history by way of its people — or perhaps I
Sandy seemed to make it a point to meet
should say its characters! <smile>
all “the new guys” and make them feel
welcome. I hadn’t previously done the
As we approach our 30th anniversary next
math, but if he’s 80 now, that means he
spring, we hope you will ﬁnd these articles
played in United at age 67 and beyond,
enjoyable, interesting, even educational.
which tells you something about him as a
We all beneﬁt from a league built by others
over the years and it’s fun to reconnect
with some of the highlights of how we got
As for that voice, we used to joke that you
here — and who helped get us here.
didn’t have to look for his crewcut to know
Sandy was at the ballpark — just listen for
We begin this month with Sandy
that voice, especially when it called out
Sanderson, long an HCSSL ﬁxture, who,
“How does the ball take it?” after he or
though no longer a playing member, is still
someone else hit a weak popup after a
active in our ﬁeld maintenance operations,
mighty swing. That was as much a Sandy
immediately recognizable as “the voice of
trademark then as referring to himself as
HCSSL” on our hotline telephone.
the Curmudgeon has become since. Fond
Mitch could not have picked a better
memories, indeed — and a great
ambassador for the sport and the league
introduction to our new series.
than Sandy to begin the series. Not only a
skilled and knowledgeable player, but as
kind and decent a person as anyone I’ve
ever known — an outstanding role model of
sportsmanship and the underlying spirit of
MINUTE MAID PARK
41 HCSSL members & friends two hits each from several Astros,
The 2010 HCSSL
including high-profile rookies Brett
attended the September 12 Astros- Directory is out. Our
Wallace and Jason Castro. It was a
Dodgers game at Minute Maid Park, apologies for it
great day for Houston sports, as we
15 of them using complimentary being later than
also followed the Texans 34-24
bus service from Harris intended — we’ll
season-opening win over the Colts
County to avoid traffic work to improve
that afternoon via smartphones.
and parking hassles, that next year — but,
Memo to selves: schedule next
all of them enjoying as you’ve seen, it is
year’s Astros outing earlier
seats in the an especially
so as not to conflict with
popular “all you
attractive and useful
football season! The 26
can eat” section.
people who signed up considerable eﬀort
promptly for this game also got free
We did good work while we stuffed
by our Newsletter/
tickets for a second game vs. the
our faces, rooting the Astros on to a
Brewers a few days later — a great Ben Pruitt.
7-4 win that included lots of what
value, thanks to the organizing
you would hope to see: a Michael
efforts of our Vice President, George
Bourne stolen base, home runs
from Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee,
More “Goings On”
• Evaluations Player evaluations are being • Fall General Meeting An almost-free
completed and tallied this month. The meal (please just bring a side dish to share),
information produced is extremely important, awarding of summer championship shirts,
serving as the basis for assembling winter season announcement of Board election results, and a
teams and as a key reference in drafting next chance to socialize with HCSSL friends and
summer’s teams. We appreciate everyone signiﬁcant others — all in all, a great evening,
accepting the assignment and making the effort and one we hope you will attend. Big thanks to
to complete an evaluation and the work of Jim the HCSSL Ladies Auxiliary for hosting and
Neil, who volunteered to compile the results. arranging the food. Bayland Community Center,
Friday evening, October 29, 6-9 pm.
• Elections Elections to ﬁll four open
Board seats are being held this month. Anyone • Texas Senior Games. The Texas Senior
who couldn’t/didn’t vote at the ﬁelds (or, in the Games (formerly known as the Texas Senior
case of associate members, by mail-in ballot) is Olympics) will hold the softball portion of its
welcome to do so the evening of our Fall General 2010 state-wide competition on our Bayland Park
Meeting on October 29. We greatly appreciate ﬁelds the weekend of October 29-31. For
everyone willing to serve — as with any anyone interested in assembling/entering a team,
organization, we get good results only when good there is information on our website (http://
people are willing to step forward and make an www.hcssl.org). Would be great to provide not
effort on behalf of us all. only some good ﬁelds, but some good
competition for our visitors!
• Winter Season With 100° weather not that
distant a memory, it almost sounds silly to say the • INTERNAL TOURNAMENT 2 Following the
winter season is coming, but it is. The sign-up successful ﬁrst-ever HCSSL internal tournament
deadline is the night of the Fall General Meeting, last June (110 participated), the second such
October 29, though it would save lots of last- tournament will be held on Saturday,
minute administrative scrambling if you’d sign November 6. The tournament is open to all
up sooner, please. The application is available HCSSL members, and is especially targeted at
online and in this newsletter. Teams will be put those who don’t typically play tournament ball.
together on November 2 and play will begin the It’s a chance to enjoy for one day the fun and
week of November 8. excitement of competing in a tournament,
playing with a mixture of old and new friends from HCSSL, without having to travel
anywhere or stay in a hotel. Details and sign up form are on the last page of this newsletter.
Let’s get lots of signups and give Tournament Director Robin Wells plenty of work to do in
getting this organized!
• Parking Harris County recently re-striped our existing parking lot in such a way as to
generate 5 additional parking spaces. And you may already have seen the early signs of a
construction project in which the County will build a new lot along the right-ﬁeld side of
Field #2, adding 30 additional parking spaces before next year’s summer season, likely well
before then. We appreciate the efforts of the good folks at Harris County and especially the
ﬁne initiative and persistence of Field #1 Director, Howard Hill, without which neither of
these projects would have happened.
• MDA Telethon One of HCSSL’s own, Ewald Schadt, was featured at the beginning
of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon the evening of September 5. An
outstanding softball player and perhaps an even better gentleman and teammate, “E” (as he
is universally known) can no longer play softball, ﬁnding himself conﬁned to a wheelchair by
the infamous ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”) for which there is no known cure. MDA and
Channel 2 ﬁlmed him, both at our Bayland Park ﬁelds and at his home with his family. Very
nicely done, very classy, very moving. A terrible mix of emotions: joy and pride at knowing
such a good man and having had him as both a teammate and opponent in HCSSL, sadness
at what he is having to deal with, great respect and pride for him and his family for how well
they are tackling all this. If you’re thinking about any additional charitable contributions
this year, MDA would be a particularly good one to consider.
As always, please don’t hesitate to bring us your thoughts on ways we can improve HCSSL
and the things it does.
HCSSL—the Early Years
The following is the ﬁrst in a series of articles Field Maintenance tools consisted of two power
in which we acknowledge (and celebrate) mowers, miscellaneous yard tools, and a garden
HCSSL members who participated in the hose. The hose served a dual purpose: watering the
League during its early years. While the grass and dragging the inﬁeld. Sandy claims the
articles will focus on their recollections of hose left the inﬁeld “smooth as glass.” Clay soil was
those days, they will also give us a glimpse of applied to the pitcher’s mound and the batter’s box
their personal lives. Although many of the to increase their usage time.
original organizers are gone (for example,
Vince Hartford, Stan Ward, Jim Rush and Bob Ground Rules
Stone), there are still quite a few active
The dugouts were not the impressive structures
members whose memories are keen enough they are today. Rather, they were smallish, and built
to paint a picture of those early years. inside the fences. Instead of having doors, each
Mitch Schwartz dugout had an opening at each end – one facing
home plate and the other facing the outﬁeld fence.
His voice is strong and clear…not exactly the The ground rules stated that a batted ball entering
voice you would expect of an 80-year-old. Some the dugout was considered to be a foul ball. A
would say his voice is his trademark. Somehow, thrown ball entering a dugout was ruled out-of-play.
that seems appropriate, since many HCSSL The foul ball/out-of-play marker was a chalk line
members only know him by his voice. Sandy across the portal where each dugout door would
Sanderson joined HCSSL as a player in 1988. have been.
His memories of that time are quite vivid. The
following descriptions came directly from Sandy. Rainout Messages
In 2005, at the insistence of his doctors (one of
The Fields whom was his brother, the thoracic surgeon), Sandy
In 1988, shortly after joining the League, Sandy retired as a player…18 years after he started.
volunteered to be groundskeeper. Assisting in this However, he did not retire from HCSSL. He did
task was his grandson Cody. In those days, there continue in his role as the Voice of HCSSL,
was only one six-team division. There was also only announcing the ﬁeld conditions for HCSSL’s
one ﬁeld (east), and that ﬁeld was much smaller Rainout message. He has done this for the past nine
than it is today. The right ﬁeld fence was only 175 years, after succeeding George Hughley. It is in that
feet from home plate, its distance limited by the role that many of us know (of) him. Some even
nearby tennis courts. It wasn’t until the county refer to him as The Voice of HCSSL.
agreed to move the tennis courts that the ﬁeld was
As Sandy explains: “I inspect the is somewhat downbeat. If his message mentions
ﬁelds early in the day. If the ﬁelds look playable, I an HCSSL member with a serious medical
record a message reﬂecting that. If threatening condition, the music is of a more somber nature.
weather is in the area, I encourage the players to He admits that most of his CD collection is from
call back later in the afternoon. Then, if the ‘40s and ‘50s, with emphasis on the
conditions change, I update the message…if it saxophone. If you’ve listened to even a small
doesn’t interfere with my nap.” number of his messages, you’ve probably noticed
that two of his favorite adjectives are frog-
strangler and curmudgeon. Sandy’s wife Martha
says curmudgeon is a perfect nickname for him.
In the ‘80s, there was a free-spirited player in
the League named Bob Maroney. Maroney was a
huge right-handed power hitter, who loved to hit
homers - which he did with some regularity. At
that time, the right ﬁeld fence was still only 175
Sandy recording his feet, while the left ﬁeld fence was 290 feet.
rainout message Maroney, being a good sport, consistently
avoided hitting toward the short fence. He even
As we all know, Sandy’s “rainout” messages put signs on the outﬁeld fences. The right ﬁeld
don’t simply report the status of the ﬁelds. He sign said “Sissy Fence”, while the left ﬁeld sign
also adds a bit of home-spun, corn-ball humor. said “Man’s Fence”. A left-handed hitter on
Having been a long-time collector of jokes and another team took exception to the signs, ripped
joke books, Sandy never lacks for these tidbits. them off the fences, and continued to hit
He also receives individual knee-slappers from homeruns over the right ﬁeld fence. Houston’s
friends and family. version of the Gashouse Gang?
While recording each message, he adds In the League’s early days, players sometimes
accompanying music, which he does by playing a cruised the malls, looking for sponsors and
CD in the background. He carefully selects the ballplayers. One of the League’s ﬁrst sponsors
music based on the mood of the message. If the was Lone Star Glass, who is still with us after 23
weather’s good, the music might be light. If the years!
weather is of the frog-strangler variety, the music
Sandy attended the University of Texas,
where he achieved a B.S in Physical
Education. While there, he played on the UT
baseball team, which was led by the legendary
Longhorn coach Bibb Falk (MLB star, with a .
302 lifetime batting average). After
graduation, Sandy went “pro”, joining the
New York Giants’ minor league team, the
Texas City Texans. He then moved on to one
of the Detroit Tigers’ farm clubs. His “pro”
career ended when the team’s manager said
to him: “Don’t lose yer glove, kid, cuz you’ll
never make it to the Bigs with your bat.”
After that, Sandy attended the University
of Houston, where he got an M.S. in
Administrative Education. He ultimately
ended up coaching high school baseball and
football at schools such as Lamar, Bellaire,
Westbury and Robert E. Lee. At Strake Jesuit, SANDY, CIRCA 1955,
he led his baseball teams to seven district titles AT DETROIT TIGERS’
and four state championships. A few of his FARM TEAM TRAINING CAMP
players went on to become famous, among
them Mark White, former governor of Texas,
and actress Jaclyn Smith (yup, that Jaclyn Sandy is truly one of the League’s
Smith). venerable traditions. He is one of a kind, and
we’re lucky to have him. It makes him proud
Sandy and Martha have six children, when people call him The Voice of HCSSL.
eight g randchildren and one g reat- Just don’t call him The Voice of the
OCTOBER 29 • 6 - 9
Bayland Park Community Center
ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BALL FIELDS
PLAN TO ATTEND!
(please bring a side dish)
WIN THIS BAT!
1. A potential move to using two umpires/game next summer
2. A potential change in uniform shirts
UNITED DIVISION WINNERS 2010
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Manager - James Ingram.
Back Row: Bobby Halton, James Ingram, Mike Ferrell, Peter Hand, Mark Harding, Bill Valadez.
Front Row: Daniel Washington, Michael Krost, James Galindo.
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Manager - Ralph Lojo.
Back Row: Guy Schwartz, Ralph Lojo, Mike Beard, Rick White, Dick Kreger, Richard Seals. Front
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CONTINENTAL DIVISION WINNERS
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Manager - Robert Flumach.
Back Row: Paul King, Dick Kantenberger, David Streusand, Tom Whitman, Everett Sims,
Glenn Fisseler. Front Row: Robert Flumach, Scott Baldwin, J.C. Davenport, Rick Martinez,
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Special Thanks for assists in training
“ITS A TOUGH JOB,
GOTTA DO IT.”
Nick Cusano Roy Hawkins
Tom Pugil Bill Hale
HENDRICKS SPORTS MANAGEMENT TOURNAMENT TEAM
The Hendricks Sports Management team managed to win
not just one, but two national tournaments in the ﬁrst half of
August. Playing in the 55+ Major Plus Division, they won the
ISA (Independent Softball Association) World Series in Gallatin,
Tennessee (near Nashville) the weekend of July 30 – August 1.
Two weeks later, they won the ISSA (International Senior
Softball Association) World Championships in Manassas,
Virginia the weekend of August 13-15. They won this
tournament is overpowering fashion, taking the championship game 25-3 on a run
rule in the bottom of the second inning! The team had 28
hits in 32 at bats in that game, and 8 of the 11 team members
batted over .700 for the tournament. Wow!
Hendricks Sports Management is an HCSSL sponsor.
Players from HCSSL include manager Randy Hendricks and
David Standefer, as well as recent/former members Reggie
Simmons and Joe Standefer.
Texas Thunder, playing in the 55+ AAA Division, won the SPA (Softball Players
Association) Southwest National Championships in Irving, Texas the weekend of August
14-15, having to fight all the way back through the loser’s bracket in sweltering heat
(temperatures up to 106 degrees) after dropping their first game - a great comeback.
One member was named tournament MVP and four were all-tournament, including
HCSSL members Walt Cherry and Tim Solis.
The win in Irving qualified them for the SPA National Championships in Dalton, Georgia,
which were played September 15-19. They had an excellent tournament in Dalton, finally
losing the last day to a team from Maryland and finishing third overall. Four team
members were selected as All American, including HCSSL members Will Johnson and
Texas Thunder has extensive HCSSL representation, including manager Johnny Hughes,
Anthony Arnt, Don Cherry, Walt Cherry, Roy Hawkins, Will Johnson, Terry Litzinger, Brian
McLeroy, Tom Rizzo, Lance Small, and Tim Solis.
Congratulations to these two fine teams and all their players for their success on the
national stage. If you have other news of notable tournament team successes involving
League members, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randy Swain of the Continental Division has been
undergoing some serious health issues of late and we wanted to
update you on the latest developments.
- Randy has had a heart pump put in place. His doctor
stated that his heart was swollen and fatigued - and he would
not have made it much longer on his own.
He was also having a kidney problem that has been
successfully dealt with as well.
Before the procedure Randy was asking if could he could
play softball with a heart pump in place - and was told yes.
We have not seen the last of Randy on the ball-field!
We look forward to his being back at Bayland - providing
Randy is doing better - but still has a long way to go so
keep the prayers coming because nothing is more powerful than
Hello Everyone! –
I have taken over as President of the La
t to learn.
since February, 2010. I have a lo
ded Hearts picnic on May 22 an
W e held the Men
was a success.
for the summer inner
W e had a concession stand setup
league tournament we held and the softb
were glad to see our concession
th at the
Our fall banquet is planned for October 29
at 6:00 pm, the
Community Center. Dinner starts
invited and please
meeting at 7:00 pm. Everyone is
will be provided.
rem ember to bring a side dish, meat
Bat, tickets will
We will be holding a raffle for an Ultra II
/50 pot with and be
be $ 3. We will have our regular 50
bster, Pappa’s and
drawing for gift cards from Red Lo
If anyo ne has an interesting topic or co
let me know.
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H A R R IS C O U N T Y SE N I O R SO F T B A L L L E A G U E
Registration for 2010 W inter Season
(November 2010 February, 2011)
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A L L P L A Y E RS
1. Please note on the reverse side of this registration form any information that you deem important regarding your ability and/or
this season. You must also include your name
on the reverse side of this registration form if you have any information to be considered. Note that this information is for
information purposes only and is not binding on either HCSSL or on team managers. As such, there is no guarantee that you will
play on the nights or in the division you prefer. If you list any such data, you must circle this section.
2. If you decline to play in the division (and on the nights) in which you are drafted, your registration fee will not be refunded.
3. The deadline for HCSSL receipt of the registrations is November 1st, 2010. Registrations received after this date will not be
processed for the player draft. Assignments to teams will then be made according to League guidelines regarding Late Registering
4. Registration forms and fee payments received after November 1st, 2010 will incur a $30.00 late fee. Registrations received
without the correct fee will not be considered as received and will not be valid until the correct fee is received.
5. Divisions, number of teams and nights for play will be determined based on the number of registrations received.
R E T U R N I N G P L A Y E RS
1. T here is no guarantee you will play in the division in which you previously played.
N E W P L A Y E RS
1. You will be required to submit proof-of-age (copy of with your registration form.
2. Please indicate which field position you prefer to play on the reverse side of this registration form.
3. You are required to attend an evaluation session on Monday, November 1st starting at 6:30 PM at Bayland Park, Senior Softball Field # 2.
On the morning of the evaluation, please call the HCSSL weather line 713-778-1824 for any changes to the evaluation schedule.
I (print name) _________________________________ agree to hold harmless Harris County and the Harris County Senior Softball
League (H C SS L), its Officers and its Directors, from any liability as a result of injury or death as a result of my participation in any
Signed: ____________________________________________________________ Date: _______________
Membership Fees (Non-refundable)
A ll Players $55.00
New Players add $30 to the above (one-time charge)
T O T A L : $________
D E A D L I N E F O R R E C E IP T O F R E G IST R A T I O N A N D P A Y M E N T IS November 1st, 2010
A late fee of $ 30.00 will be assessed for all registrations received after this date.
M ake your check payable to H CSSL , and mail to H CSSL P. O . Box 1024, Bellaire, T X 77402-1024
C heck the Registration page of our website (W W W. H CSSL . O R G) to confir m receipt of your application
With the Summer Season complete and the Playoffs near completion, it is registration
time for our second and last League Tournament of the year. The 2010 HCSSL Fall
Tournament date is Saturday November 6th
Three things to remember:
1. The cost is $10.
2. ‘2010 HCSSL Fall Tournament Champions’ T-shirts go to the winners.
3. The registration deadline is noon Saturday October 23rd .
2010 HCSSL Fall Tournament and registration information:
Sat Oct 23rd : Registration and fee (must be received by noon) deadline.
o $10/person entry fee, payable in full by cash or check with entry form. Entry forms available above
score house water dispensers.
o Mail to HCSSL P.O. Box 1024, Bellaire TX 77402-1024 OR Deliver to your Coordinator or Treasurer
Jim Gallagher prior to the Oct 23rd noon deadline.
o Many aspects of this tournament depend on the registration deadline, including number and size of
teams, number of managers & games, team drafting, game format, game times and more, so sign up
soon if you want to play because there can be no exceptions to the noon Oct 23rd signup deadline.
o Game format, number of teams, games and divisions is dependent upon participation and will be
announced at the close of the registration deadline.
Sat Oct 30th: Team Draft performed & details posted on website Tournament page.
Sat Nov 6th: First Annual Fall HCSSL League Tournament
o First place team from each tournament division wins HCSSL 2010 Fall Tournament Champions T-
o Most normal HCSSL/SSUSA tournament rules apply.
Make your check payable to HCSSL, give this form & cash or check to your Coordinator or Jim Gallagher or mail to:
HCSSL P. O. Box 1024, Bellaire, TX 77402-1024
[ ] cash OR [ ] check < - (please check one).
[ ] I am willing to manage a tournament team and will be available to attend the tournament team Sat Oct 30th draft if selected.