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Temple softball league trying to gain steam

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The Bay Area Temple Softball league — or BATS — announced this week that a fourth team has been secured for its July 1 slow-pitch tournament at Piper Park in Larkspur.

Organizer Matt Elkins had been scrambling to find at least one more team when an East Bay–based squad called the DVT All-Stars signed up. The All-Stars, players from the nine-team Diablo Valley Tzedekah league, will join teams from Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

The teams are coed and made up of players 18 and older. BATS is a nascent undertaking that Elkins would like to see gain steam.

“I think four teams for the upcoming tournament is enough this time around,” he noted. “However, I would love to have more teams join the BATS league so we can play more regularly and against other teams — especially those close to Marin, like some of the congregations in the Santa Rosa area.”

For the July 1 mini-tournament, two fields at Piper Park have been reserved starting at 1:30 p.m., and the first Knish Cup will be on the line. To sign up for a future tournament or to get more information about BATS, contact Elkins at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Posted by jerry pritikin
06/14/2012  at  04:56 PM
A way of life...

I played softball in the San Francisco Community Softball League, first gay league in the country. A friend got me involved and I was a 38 year old rookie. Jay Platt,helped put together a team of misfits… our right fielder did not know where R.F. was and within a few seasons we blossomed into a Championship team. I learned how to throw a knuckle ball that danced in the bay winds. Our team, The Oil Can Harry’s Oilers provided the first Jewish battery when my catcher(who was straight, and a Doctor to boot). We had several Vietnam Vets and a couple of City firemen on our roster. Mayor Moscone threw out the first pitch of the 1978 season in front of 2,000. fans. There was an incentive for the Championship team, and we wound up taking the coveted trophy. The winner represented S.F. in the 1978 Gay World Series at N.Y.City. Mayor Moscone gave our team a Proclamation for the great diversity on our roster. However, when we got to the Big Apple, we were kicked out for having too many straights on our roster. The following year I played for the first gay seniors team ever. I’m now 75,and last year won the Award for oldest active player for the 3rd time,and played on another Championship team that won the Title in the Scooter Div. in a senior tournament with teams from all over the country.

Softball is a great pastime, and through it I have had life long friends. It’s a great place for sportsmanship and comradely. I urge you to allow non-Jews to play in the league, as long as they respect their teammates and other team’s players. Have fun, and make sure to have friends and family there to root for you. I’ve been lucky, I have been able to get BUBBIES Kosher Pickles(A LEGEND IN ITS OWN BRINE) to sponsor my teams for many years. Take pictures and write about on a blog. Looking back, for me it was the best thing that ever happened. I hope the same happens for all of you in the new league. Shalome

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