by Donn King
Photo by Fred Rentschler, 2021 ND Maroon Team: Front row, L to R, : Scott Rutherford, Eddie Feiszli, Roy Gilbert, George Epstein, Steve Sloat, Billy Hoffman, Ed Brice
Back row, L to R, standing: Al ‘Yogi’ Zavaterro, Don Clay, Evan-no jersey-Almdale, Art Oller, Pat Hurley, Steve Shapiro, Mike Martinez, Bryan Morgado, Lee Seronello (hiding behind Bryan)
There is a unique appeal to the Creakers softball league, but how can it be defined? Is it that the teams are reorganized and reformulated every season? Yes, that might be it. There are no dynasties. Every year the team that you are placed on is comprised of people that you may know, but with whom you have never played. Or, is it because you are in a community of 225 people that have fun together, socialize together, and grow old actively together? Yes, that sounds very likely too.
The average age of Creakers is in the ‘70’s. Seriously, do you know over 200 seniors who are active, vital, athletic, and play darned good softball two or three days a week? Anywhere else it’s rare; if you are a Creaker it’s commonplace. Playing the game is what gets you in, the social relationships are what keep you coming back.
When you see this picture, taken only last week after a game at Heather Farm, look at the grins on the faces and ask yourself, is this what a normal gang of 70 plus seniors looks like? It must be all the activity, friendship, fun, and fresh air.