Pat Shingleton: "Tryouts..."
Our initial Little League baseball season began with a "tryout." Kids, with gloves in hand, played "catch" and also displayed a numbered sign, pinned to the back of their sweatshirt. Some were "grandfathered" into a team from an older brother who previously played for that team. The league included: Elks, Moose, Kiwanis, Lions, American Legion and Rotary. Our brothers Denis and Mike were Elks regulars but Donnie Huffman broke the cycle insisting that me and Kevin join the Rotary. All aspects of the game were practiced and a practice ending shower initiated "sliding" practice. Hook slides, hand slides and the safety of "leg-tuck" slides were taught. Mom wasn't pleased with the muddied, grass stained "jeans" that came in the back door.