FORMER MEMBERS https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/ FORMER MEMBERS IRV ABELSON #50 iRV WAS FROM CHICAGO, IL, AND HE JOINED THE CLUB IN 2000. HE WAS A USCG COMBAT VETERAN AND AN AVID ANTIQUE TOY TRAIN COLLECTOR. HE SERVED ON THE BOD AND FOR YEARS CONDUCTED THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS. HE PLAYED THROUGH THE 2017 SEASON. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205423440 205423440 JOE ARABIA #54 JOE WAS FROM NORTH ADAMS, MA, WHERE HE WAS A MACHINIST FOR 42 YEARS. HE JOINED THE BALL CLUB IN 2010 AND PLAYED THROUGH 2017. DURING THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF HIS MEMBERTSHIP HE PREPARED AND LINED THE PLAYING FIELD FOR EACH GAME. HE DIED IN 2018. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205423420 205423420 JIM ARCHEY #76 JIM CAME FROM GREENUP, KY, AND FOR YEARS WAS THE SALES MANAGER FOR A LARGE FIRM. HE JOINED THE K & K IN 2005 AND CAPTAINED A TEAM THROUGH 2011. HE SERVED ON THE BOD FOR 5 YEARS AND WAS A TOURNAMENT TEAM CAPTAIN. HIS CONSORT, EVA BURNS, SENT A BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY CARD TO EVERY PLAYER. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205423439 205423439 TOM ARMSTRONG #94 JOINED THE KIDS AND KUBS IN 2014. FROM THORNHILL (TORONTO AREA), CANADA HIS CAREER WAS AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER. HAS PLAYED BASEBALL AND FAST PICTCH SOFTBALL. TOM LEFT THE CLUB IN 2018. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199866640 199866640 DEL BOWYER - #89 MEMBER FROM 2010 TO 2016. SHE WAS FROM SACKSVILLE, N.B., CAN. A GREAT PLAYER, SHE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME. SHE WAS A SALES MANAGER FOR AVON PRODUCTS. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=158496803 158496803 DEAN BOLVIN #42 MEMBER SINCE 2008 - FROM PA. 55 YEARS A FUNERAL DIRECTOR, KOREAN WAR, 26 YEARS WITH THE HALF CENTURY CLUB https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201302799 201302799 ANDY DEVINE #17 MEMBER 2001- 2018. FROM BROOKLYN, NY. 30 YEAR US NAVY, WWII, KOREA, VIET NAM, 20 YEARS A CUSTOMS AGENT. SR SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 2004. HE PLAYED INTO HIS 93RD YEAR. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201302802 201302802 CLARENCE FAUCETT #20 MEMBER 2002-2018. FROM NEW CASTLE, AL. 29 YEARS WITH GTE, 20 YEARS IN YOUTH BASEBALL. ACTIVE CLUB SECRETARY MANY YEARS. CLARENCE ESTABLISHED CLOSE CONTACT WITH CITY OFFICIALS & HELPED PUBLICIZE THE CLUB. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201304264 201304264 HAL FISHER #3 MEMBER 2000 TO 2018 - FROM FT LAUDERDALE, FL. WWII NAVY AIR CORPS. HEAVY MARINE CONSTRUCTION. PLAYED WITH HALF CENTURY. HAL BUILT AND SET UP THE MUSEUM AND BOD ROOM AT THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201304265 201304265 TOM GROB TOM BECAME A MEMBER IN 2003 AND WAS A VERY GOOD PLAYER AS A PITCHER AND AT ANY OTHER POSITION. HE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SCOREBOARD OPERATOR. HE RETIRED IN 2011. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205842303 205842303 WAYNE HILL #47 MEMBER FROM 2016 TO 2018. FROM LINWOOD, PA. 20 YEARS RESTAURANT MGR. 16 YEARS PE TEACHER, GOLD MEDAL IN 2014 AT TENN. SENIOR OLYMPICS. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201300676 201300676 JOE LISANTI - #96 MEMBER 2010 TO 2017. FROM BROOKLYN, N.Y. NAVY VETERAN, IMPORT-EXPORT AT JFK AIRPORT. LONG-TIME SCOREKEEPER FOR CLEARWATER CITY RECREATION DEPARTMENT. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=159052646 159052646 PETE MURPHY #69 MEMBER FROM 2001 TO 2017. FROM DAYTON, OH. US ARMY IN WWII. 25 YEARS WITH NCR. OHIO SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME. 40 YEARS OFFICIAL UMPIRE. MEMBER OF THE BOD. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201304266 201304266 DON OSBORN - #11 MEMBER 2004 - FROM DONORA, PA. 40 YEARS A PINELLAS COUNTY BUSINESS MAN. HE HELPED BUILD AND MAINTAIN THIS WEBSITE AND CREATED A COMPUTERIZED DATABASE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT ALL MEMBERS FROM THE INCEPTION OF THE CLUB IN 1930. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34160718 34160718 WINCHELL SMITH - #65 Words from Winchell: TO ALL KIDS AND KUBS BALL PLAYERS: You must realize that we are not ordinary or normal people. Think how few ordinary or normal seventy-five-year-old people get up at 6:30 AM, dress in white pants, white shirt, and bow tie, eat a bowl of corn flakes, drink a cup of coffee, and then somehow find their way to North Shore ball field. Next they shoot the bull with some other old folks until somebody says "Play ball." This is when the fun begins; some hit the ball, shuffle to first base, or fall down before reaching first base. If the fielder does catch the ball, maybe he can get it to first base before falling down. The outfielders seem to have trouble with the sun, the wind, or a bird flying over. So much for trying to play ball! How many normal seventy-five-year-old people would drive 20 or 30 miles three times a week to stay around a ball field? Many would not schedule a doctor's appointment, operation, or any other affair that would interfere with our ball playing. Some people say we are not allowed to die if we are scheduled to play. ~~~ Winchell Smith ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ KIDS AND KUBS PRESIDENT WINCHELL SMITH'S ANNUAL REPORT - 2006 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The club By-Laws direct the president to annually present to the membership a report of the past year's activities. I have led the club for the last two years, and my review here covers parts of the 76th and 77th seasons of play. The year 2006 was a good one for our Three-Quarter Century Softball Club, with the membership participating in the operation and direction of the club's activities. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... We suffered a notable loss in August when Tom Garrett passed away at the age of 90. He had been president of the club for one year in the 1990's and had retained a deep interest in the organization, though recently he had been unable to attend games. We will miss him. Several members retired or left the club for various reasons: Bill Hughes, Joe Strohman, Joe Marks, René Mondejar, Harry Church, Don Bandt, Jack Carlins, Bob Goren, Howard Oschman, Ed Poulin and Rocky Williamson. Medical problems caused some others not to play most of the year: Mo Dobbs, Paul Smith, Jim Foley, Harvey Musser, Bob Newland and Bill Stedman. We were especially sorry in the fall to miss Harry and Kimi Shironaka who did not return in the fall from their son's home in Colorado. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... We welcomed to the club new players as members or prospective members: John Alderson, George Favre, Hal Olver, André Beliveau, Bob Drescher, José Merced, Ron Craven, George Barker, Bob Tesori, Bob Daxon, Dick Laramee and Gordon Scargle. With 64 playing members for our 77th season, the club was divided into four evenly matched teams for play on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and two 'A' and two 'B' teams for play on Saturdays. The system worked well with a few minor adjustments of personnel. The season was preceded by our annual games at Palms of Largo, followed by the usual delicious lunch served in their dining room. We enjoyed our customary opening and closing seasonal picnics, the latter once again at Seminole Park where about 100 members, spouses, and guests attended. A 15-member All-Star Team served the entire year and played exhibition games with the Gulfport Boomerangs, Clearwater 3-Score, Shelbyville, Ind., and City Hall. A new team was selected by the membership for 2007, and they will play the same teams and a couple of others. .................................................................................................................................................................................................... There is very little controversy in the club, with most members getting along well and enjoying the games. However, there is a continued tension between those who want only to have fun playing among themselves and those who are more competitive and wish to participate in tournament play. This is a long-time condition of the club which will never be completely resolved. Due to lack of enough highly skilled players, the Board of Directors has voted not to authorize the use of the Kids & Kubs name for teams in tournament play. A group of members wishing to play in tournaments petitioned the Board to allow their participation and the use of the club name in fund-raising and recruiting. The two groups met and resolved the pertinent issues without a divisive struggle within the general membership. Teams of 75 year-olds and 80 year-olds that include many K & K members have been formed under the leadership of Clarence Faucett, with Jerry Mahon, Jim Archey, Pete Murphy and Andy Devine as team captains. Using the name 'Senior Saints of St. Petersburg,' they are presently competing monthly with teams from Venice, Florida, and they will continue the annual Paul B. Good 'Golden Seniors' tournament honoring our long-time past-president. During that event in 2006 a large group of players in Kids & Kubs uniform attended a Devil Rays game where Joe Marks threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Fred Cardella, thus publicizing our club in that large arena. Two other groups of K & K members attended games in 2006 at the invitation of our big league team. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... The City of St. Petersburg has promised for years to make certain improvements to North Shore Field where we play. This was the year! They removed the old grandstands and replaced them with smaller, moveable bleachers on the first and third base sides and a larger, sun-shaded grandstand behind the plate. A new scoreboard is now in use, lockers were moved and hidden behind a solid fence, the infield transition from clay to grass was extended and smoothed, a new water fountain was installed and flowers were planted around the nearby trees and monument. The only downside was the loss of the close restrooms when the new swimming pool was built across the street. We are very lucky to have such a fine facility for our use at no financial cost. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... The following is a list of activities, events and routines which took place during the year:.... The Worth Company, through the courtesy of Chuck Walters, once again furnished the club with softballs for our use throughout the regular season and summer league play. We played eight charity games and contributed $2400 to non-profit organizations. We held Board meetings every month and eight general membership meetings. An election of officers was held in March. Don Osborn and Bob Warsaw were reelected as Vice President and Treasurer respectively, and Hal Fisher was added to the Board as a Member at Large. The newsletter titled 'Base Hits' was published eight times and was mailed to all who were not at the playing field. We kept a copy in the files to maintain for future information a record of past club activities. The summer league play under Winchell Smith and Jack Warefield was conducted as usual and was very well attended with about 25 forming two teams most days. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ The club By-Laws were updated in September with three changes, most importantly providing for women to become members. Several of our women friends helped the club in many ways during the year. Ruby Perrine, Anne Walker and Ann Weingart served as bat girls, while Irvas Marsh continued another year as our scorekeeper. In addition, Joyce Saugstad, Anne Walker and Marge Sommer joined in to make our picnics and banquet successful affairs. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Several players represented the club and presented memorabilia to Pinellas County's Heritage Park for their permanent display and archives. In attendance at the Historical Society's open house were Mr. and Mrs. George Lehmann, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fisher, Bob Warsaw, and Don Osborn. Members of the club were invited and did visit the Largo Health Care Nursing Home to meet and entertain Alzheimers patients. Winchell Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Don Osborn represented the Kids and Kubs. Rita Osborn took along her electronic keyboard and played carols and show tunes well remembered by residents who retained memories of very little else. They sang along and danced with apparent great pleasure. Chuck Bryan, Fred Cardella and Dick Morris were instrumental in providing shirts and caps inscribed and hung on display in the offices of orthopedic physician Koko Eaton in St. Petersburg and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Boston. They became part of famous displays of noted athletes in several sports...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... The club again participated in the holiday season bell-ringing for the Salvation Army. We manned one location for the daylight hours on two Fridays. Fred Cardella arranged the schedule and checked the ringers. Our Kids & Kubs website was closed down due to maintenance costs and lack of interest of the club membership. Silas Gatewood, assisted by Fred Cardella and VoTech's John Flint, had done a lot of work to establish our Internet home page, but it was not completed to a useful stage. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ The club took part in the Festival of States Night Parade with 27 participants, some marching with our banner or passing out candies and others riding in a trolley. For the first time in many years because Ruby Perrine was out of town, Anne Walker led the parade. Later we formed a team of 85-year-olds batting 'wrong-handed' and played a game against the Festival Queen and Her Court. The speedy young women beat us easily! The inscription 'EST. 1930' was added to both sides of our monument bench. Fred Cardella produced and secured ads for the brochure, resulting in more than $2000 profit for the club. This year we reduced the number printed from 10,000 to 6,000. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... We began a policy of inviting our advertisers to attend a game where they were honored for their support and asked to toss out a ceremonial first pitch. Caroline Spencer of Wilsey Auto Service was the first to do it, and she was very pleased to be recognized for her continuing contributions to the club. The Board set the dues at the same level as previously: $100 for new members, $75 for players and $60 for non-playing members. Former Negro League player Silas Simmons, 110 years old, visited our field as a guest of John Gist. He was mentally sharp, exceedingly gracious, and a very fine gentleman. He agreed to toss out the first pitch for our season, but he died at age 111 before our opening date. We held our annual Christmas Banquet at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on North Redington Beach. It was acclaimed as the 'best ever; and a reservation for next year was immediately made to preserve our preferred date. Fred Cardella conducted a 50-50 raffle won by Si Gatewood's guest and it raised $122 for the club. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Joe Arabia and Don Osborn continued the recycling of aluminum cans throughout the year and realized about $400 to help offset office expenses which include equipment, paper and envelopes, postage, ink cartridges, and copying costs. Treasurer Bob Warsaw reports that the club is in strong financial condition with all obligations paid and cash on hand to meet predicted expenses................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Respectively submitted February 1, 2007, Winchell Smith https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205421482 205421482 JIM STAGGERS - #60 MEMBER SINCE 2011 FROM ELLWOOD CITY, PA. US MARINE CORP. COO OF APL CORP LAST PLAYED IN 2018 https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=158496807 158496807 BRUCE WELSH - #00 MEMBER FROM 2003 TO 2012. FROM KESWICK, ONTARIO, CANADA, WHERE HE WAS A HEAVY- EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. BRUCE PLAYED WITH MANY LOCAL TEAMS. HE WORE #00, THE ONLY PLAYER TO DO SO. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=158888103 158888103 BILL GERICKE - 9 MEMBER SINCE 2011 PHILADELPHIA, PA. 28 YEARS US AIR FORCE OFFICER https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=158496812 158496812 WARREN WRIGHT #23 JOINED IN 2013. TRENTON, NJ US AIR FORCE, 34 YEARS WITH PENN. RAILROAD, 23 YEARS OF SOFTBALL IN THE SOUTHWEST. POOR HEALTH FORCED HIM TO RETIRE IN 2018. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199866527 199866527 CLIFF ZALAY - #18 MEMBER SINCE 2000 - U.S. ARMY COMBAT VET. CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER FOR 42 YEARS. FANTASTIC HARMONICA PLAYER. 3 SCORE SOFTBALL PRIOR TO KIDS AND KUBS. CLIFF QUIT PLAYING IN 2016 AND DIED IN 2018. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199845292 199845292 MAYNARD SAUGSTAD #36 MEMBER SINCE 2000 - FROM WEST ALLIS, WI. 34 YEARS HS BUSINESS TEACHER, 13 YEARS COACH OF BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL, 6 YRS K&K UMP https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201304269 201304269 DAVE SHERMAN Dave is a volunteer helping the K&K to maintain the playing field and keeping score. He is from North Babylon, NY, and is too young to join the club as a member. His help is much appreciated. https://kidsandkubs2.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205362078 205362078