Roy Hobbs baseball league lets seniors relive their ‘glory days’

With all of the boys’ and girls’ baseball tournaments being played now, all heading for their respective World Series, I want to tell you about another World Series. This one is for retired men who want to play again. From the time I was old enough to swing a bat there was a lot of boys in our neighborhood who would play ball in the lot across the street from our home at the end of Washington Street. That block was empty in the 1930s. Today there is an Illinois State Driver’s License facility and a Benny’s Pizza plus a lot of residences.

They didn’t have baseball at Beardstown High School when I was there, and I never played again until, as Park Director, I had organized the slow pitch leagues for the men, girls, and mixed teams. I was the pitcher for the Park District team that played in that league.

It is easy to sit here many years later in a wheelchair and remember how much fun it was and wish I could play again, when I know good and well the bat would be too heavy for me. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>