The Roy Hobbs Tournament—Again:)

If it’s November, I play in this annual national tournament (in my age-group!).  We did very well this year, getting to the semi-finals on the last day.  At the end of the regulation game it was 5-5, but we lost in extras.

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Each year we have many ex-professional players on the fields.  This year two former major leaguers figured in our games.  Randy Hundley (former Catcher for the Chicago Cubs) kept us chuckling.  He was managing the team that beat us on the last day.  Randy was the 3B coach and kept up a steady stream of orders, instructions and hand signals as if he was still in the big leagues.  Finally, very frustrated, he barked “why aren’t you guys listening to me?”

Bill “Spaceman” Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox.  He appeared in the middle of one of our games and got a base-hit for the other team.  Soon after that play was stopped abruptly by the field manager of the complex we were playing in, who ordered Lee to get off the field!  Lee refused and the tournament director was called on the phone.  It took all the umpires and various managers 30 minutes to get Lee to depart.  He apparently had not registered nor paid the entry fee.

Playing in this event is always entertaining:)

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The Roy Hobbs Tournament

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November is when I really get serious about playing the game we love.  This year well over 200 teams converged on Ft. Myers, Florida for the 26th annual Roys Hobbs tournament.  It plays itself out over 4 weeks in 9 age divisions.  Last year the organizers added a 75+ age division.  This year a player claiming to be 80 years old hit a fly ball double over my head in left field!  I was told later that he had played professionally.  All games are played on major league spring-training fields.  The website for the tournament is royhobbs.com.

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My team is the Key West All-Stars, and most of us live in the Washington, D.C. area.  We didn’t win many games but when we did, it was a “no-doubter” 20-8.  The high point was a two-out rally when we scored 7 runs.  Bill “spaceman” Lee (who pitched for the Bosox in days of yore) always plays in this one and I heard that this year he brought 2-3 other ex-major-leagers with him.  There are numerous ex-pro players in the tourney

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