The first men’s softball all-star game
A few weeks ago I ran into Ray Jackson in a grocery store and we had a great time talking about the good old days, especially July 26, 1959.
It was a Sunday and just happened to be my 31st birthday. We played the first all-star men’s City Softball League game. It was sponsored by the Leavenworth Recreation Commission. There were two all-star teams, and Ray and I were on the first all-star team. All the players were chosen from the seven teams in the league. I played for the Eagles and Bob Keating was our team’s manager and also chosen to be the first all-star team manager. Ed Slack was chosen to be manager of the second all star team because his Chuckwagon team came in second place in the league.
On that particular night, Jahn’s Lazy Aces defended their title by playing two games against the two all-star teams. Our team started first and we lost the that game but the second all-star team won the second game. The Lazy Aces pitchers were Harold Powers and Wayne Seymour. The Lazy Aces had a lot of top-notch players. They had played in the league 11 years before the all-star game. At that particular time many players from Lansing played on the various Leavenworth teams.
I still have the program printed by American Printing regarding that special night. It lists all 128 players and their respective teams along with their managers. There is a lot of softball history on this little program and I have thoroughly enjoyed studying it and sharing it with friends who were on one of those teams.
Bob Nebrig was the director of the Leavenworth Recreational Commission at that time. He was a well-rounded leader in the community and as far as I know he was a first rec. director. He stressed the importance of all around development for everyone he came In contact with. He believed everyone from children to senior citizens should be strong mentally, physically, socially and morally. He even started a program of “Square Dancing” that Ada and I were involved with.
This time in 1959 was also special for me because that was the year Lansing became a city.