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A R C H I V E S
Originated on March 1, 2000


INTERVIEWS


Rich Nottis Sr. October 13, 2001

“The Best of the Best”
An interview with the last regular season’s M.V.P. 2000
by Jack Moore

The last regular season M.V.P. the league may ever have is Rich Nottis Sr. who took home the honor for the 2000 season. He may be the last one because last year was the last time anyone kept stats for the league.

Sadly, that was the year our beloved scorekeeper, Bill Gassman Sr., passed way.

But what an M.V.P. to have for a year. This M.V.P. won just about everything one person could win at the awards night.

Rich Nottis Sr. had just about the perfect season in 2000. Not many players have ever had a season like he had that year.

In 2000, Rich pitched for the Crazy Leprechaun Bar team. That season, the Leprechaun team set a league all-time record in wins and loses. They won 21 games in a row, mainly because of their pitcher.

Nottis pitched all the games and had a 21-1 record (three wins were by forfeits). He also had the best E.R.A. in the league, 3.30 in 110 innings. He had the most KOs with 34. He won the Gold Glove award for the pitching position.

He has always been a great hitter, for a pitcher, that is.

Oh yes, he won the M.V.P. because he truly was an M.V.P. The team broke up for some reason after the 2000 season. But Richey agreed to play with the 2000 league champions, Anthony’s #2, for the 2001 season.

INJURY PUTS HIM OUT

Rich suffered an injury at work that would not let him play the entire 2001 season. I asked him for an interview on the same night the 2001 league championship playoff series was to start. He said he would be glad to do it. So here is that interview.

Q--After your injury at work, when you were told that you could not play softball in 2001, how did you feel?

A—“Well, I was very upset. But there was nothing I could do about it. All I could do was come to the games and cheer my team on.”

Q—What did the 2000 season mean to you?

A—Well, it really meant a lot. I got a lot of awards last year, and at my age, I thought it was great. But I would throw all those awards away to win the championship. It would have been beautiful if we could have won the league, after having a great 21 and 1 season. It just worked out good for me, but not for our team.

Q—How did it feel to be voted M.V.P. of the 2000 season?

A—It was a great feeling, like I said. At age 41, it was a great honor. It really was. Especially since I was competing with all of these kids. Especially playing with the team I played with last year. It was unbelievable. And like I said, it’s just a shame we didn’t win the championship.

Q—When the Doctor says you can play again, do you think you’ll still have your old stuff?

A—Yes, because I feel pretty good right now. Tonight, the first game of the championship, I could throw right now. But because of the case with the doctors, there is no way I can do it. But yes, I think I will be OK next year when I come back.

Q—How bad was it, really, to sit out this entire season?

A—Oh, it was just terrible, especially since I have been pitching down here 21 years. It is unbelievable, to sit here and not play and see your team battle to get into the playoffs. Now the first game of the championship is starting. It really hurts after all these years of playing.

Q—Is this the first injury you have ever had in this league where you could not play?

A—Yes, this is the first time. I have never really been out hurt. I have never been out [of the game] in my life.

Q—How long do you plan on playing when the doctor says you can come back?

A—Well, I hope to be pitching down here until I’m 50 years old. That will give me a chance to play with my older children, and I have one more child who is 12. I would like to play with him in about four or five more years, so I am hoping to go to 50.

Q—How many teams have you played for in this league?

A—Boy, that is a tough one, Jack I would say about seven or eight over the 21 years.

Q--Was this your first M.V.P. ever?

A—Of the league? Yes.

Q—What are the chances of your children winning an M.V.P.?

A—Well, I would love to see all of my children win the M.V.P. down here. Like I said, it was a dream come true for me. I can only hope for the best for them. They’re young and still learning. Hopefully, by the time they are my age, they will have a couple [M.V.P. awards] under their belt.

Rich has always been considered one of the best pitchers in the league, year in and year out. Along with that, he is a gentleman. Never had a bad word for anyone. And as a father, he is tops. He is always with his kids, playing with them and helping them. I would like, as I am sure we all would, to wish him all the good things on the field when he comes back to pitch again. And thanks so much, again, for letting us all in on your life by agreeing to our interview.




Joe Wyatt #23
November 3, 2001
By Jack Moore

“This Hall of Fame player came from nowhere to become one of the best pitchers in the Fishtown League” 1974 - 1984

At one time, Joe Wyatt did not even play softball. But if you want something bad enough, and you go out and work on it real hard, well, maybe someday…?

I’ll tell you one thing; you better be a real competitor in your heart! I watched Joe start from scratch. He knew nothing about pitching modified softball. But he had his mind made up; he was going to be a pitcher.

We asked Joey to go back and tell us about his start, and the years he played in the league. Here’s how he recalls things happening.

LEAGUE
“I stopped over to Hetzell’s to watch a few games,” recalled Joe, who was working at E.J. Spangler Co. at Howard and Thompson Street at that time.

“I asked the coach of one of the teams his name,” said Joe. The coach’s name was “Strings.”

“Think you could give me a shot at pitching?” Joe asked Strings. “If I practice?” With no hesitation, Strings said, “Sure, Joe.”

“Doc” (Donald Dougherty) was working in shipping,” said Joe. “We had a lot of free time at Spangler’s. I asked him if he would catch me in the basement when he got finished packing. He did, and he gave me some great pointers.”

PLAYERS
Joe then spent sometime recalling players he remembered from his days with the league.

“Doc was a magnificent ball player,” said Joe. “The swings of that thunderous bat won many a game.”

“Wow,” was the word Joe used to describe Bobby Mc Gee. “I had so much more confidence with him at shortstop, knowing he was there,” said Joe. Joe said Bob made him feel like a “larger tree.” “I spread my branches,” he explained, of the times he and Bob played together.

Reb (John Bland) was another player Joe remembered. Reb was From the south. “Reb played for Hotel #76, a terrible team,” said Joe. “But he stayed with them and became one of the best pitchers in Fishtown.”

My main player “Billy Gassman” soon as I sew Billy at the awards night it all came back to me no one could dig the ball out of the dirt and “gun them down like Billy”. Of all the players in the game “if I needed help” I would turn my head to the right (he was all the help I needed he would get me out of the inning) “I would look over to him” that little amirk the two of us had “good job Billy” Yes Jack the “truth” Billy Gassman did it all.

Eddie Emberger, Joe’s team’s “Charlie Hustle” did not have much of an arm, according to Joe. “But he made up for [not having a good arm] with his legs,” said Joe. “He was a great ball player.”

Jimo Fox and Richey Farley were the heart of every game, said Joe.

And last but not least there was “Junior.” “I did not know him well,” said Joe. “He played for Bradley’s Bar.” Of all the players, Joe said he thought Junior had a shot at the big time. “He was an all-around tremendous ball player,” said Joe.

HALL OF FAME
So many heroes in that little patch called Fishtown (from our ancestors on Down.) “We all lived right off the river,” said Joe.

The only difference between those of yesteryear and those in the Hall of Fame is that “we played ball; they sold fish,” said Joe.

Playing ball, selling fish. “Do it well,” sad Joe, “That’s all that counts.” Being part of the “Hall of Fame” is no fish story, Jackie. It’s a great honor,” said Joe.

OVER THE YEARS
In 1978, Joe was given a league trophy for striking out 71 batters in one season and having an E.R.A. of just 2.12. The 71 strikouts may still stand as a record for one season today?

Joe played with The Fifthteenth Round Bar in the Saturday league, and won the championship a number of times. He also played under coach George Ludwig with Advance Auto and won the Hetzell league championship.

Joe always wore number #23, whether he played softball or football. And when he was in the Army, he was the bantamweight champion of France in boxing.

ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
I have known Joey for more than 40 years. He played football for me for 10 years. Of those years, we won 10 championships. How many coaches can say that? I watched him practice from the first day he started in that basement at E.J. Spanglers to become a pitcher.

It took many months and a ton of hours before he ever pitched a ball in league competition. But when he did, he was an outstanding team player and a great pitcher.

Joe is not just another player who played for me. I know that all I would have to do is ask him to do anything for me. And it’s a done deal. He has always been there for me, and always will be a part of my family.

Thank you Joe for giving us the opportunity to let people know that if you really want something bad enough. You can do anything. You can even make the “Hall Of Fame” one day! and thanks for all of the wonderful.




February 6, 2002
"IF YOU GIVE TEAMS EXTRA OUTS OR EXTRA BASES YOU'LL NEVER WIN!"
First Interview of the 2002 season.
The league Interviews second baseman of Regan's Bar Softball Team PAT TOBLER

1. How long have you been playing softball?

14 years (since the 1987 season)

2. How long have you been playing for the Regan's team?

I have played modified for Regan's all 14 years. I have also played in arch leagues at Jardel and Max Myers for Regan's. There are several other teams that I have played for but my first commitment is always to Regan's modified team.

3. Did you play sports in school (If you did what were the sports?) and what school did you go to?

I played soccer, basketball and baseball at Cardinal Dougherty HS and then played baseball at DeSales University (formally Allentown College).

4. What did you think of the competition in the Rotan league vs. the Lawncrest league last season?

The competition reminded me of the Lawncrest League in the early to mid 90's. It was very strong at the top but you could not take anyone lightly.

5. How hard was it for you to get to the games in time with work and driving from the Northeast last season? What is your feeling about playing so far away from where you live?

It is not that hard to get to the games. I do not live in Lawncrest anymore and I work off of I-95 so actually it might even be easier for me to get to Fishtown than is was to get to Lanwcrest.

6. Regan's had a very fine season in 2001. What are your feeling and hopes for the coming season. as far as you know will everyone be back?

We did have a fine season but we came up a little short of our goals. From what I understand we should have most if not all of our team back along with a player or two who took last year off for different reasons.

7. The teams pitching was outstanding with eight or nine shutouts last season. I have been with the league for 13 years and have not seen any team do that before.

As far as you know will your pitching be back? As far as I know Jimmy and Joe will be back. We always strive on our pitching and defense. Those guys had an outstanding year. Hopefully, we can be a bit more consistent behind them next year.

8. What do you think it would take to win this leagues championship?

You have to have stability and consistency. Get the right players in the right positions then go out and play solid. If you start to give other teams extra outs or extra bases you will never win!

Thank You Pat for letting us do this interview. We wish you and your team the best of luck in the new 2002 season.






AN INTERVIEW WITH A CHAMPION
February 23, 2003

Over The Weekend We Interviewed Anthony's II Pitcher Marc Alicea

Below his his story


1. When you were a kid you played for Fishtown A.C. what sports did you play?

Answer
I played soccer for Jerry Franklin for 4 years. Also I played baseball for 2 years with Pat Cain as coach. I played soccer and baseball for Hetzel until we made the transition to Fishtown A.C.

2. When did you first think about becoming a modified pitcher?

Answer
I first thought about being a modified pitcher when I used to come over and watch Chris Smith pitch. He was like a brother to me. He lived with me for two years when he was having problems at home. I pitched my first game in 1994 for picayune.

3. How much have you learn about the game since you started pitching?

Answer
I have learned a tremendous amount in the last five years with Anthony's. I credit that to Bob McCormick and Richie Nottis. Bob taught me how to throw a curve. Which I really seen improve in the last two years.

4. Rumors around the batting cage. Is that you are "Thin Skinned" If the other team gets on you. You'll get hot and this will throw your game right out of the window?

Answer
Well, I think I have really improved with my temper. With age I see a big change. Just this last year I thought was my best as far as blocking everyone out accept for Billy Wilcox.

5. What is up with Anthony's this year?

Answer
. My team is going to be good for a long time. The core group of guys are still in there twenties. Woody, Markley, Greg, Gil, Ryan...........The old guys are Me, Rich, Bob, Wilcox, Ray. Chris is 29 so he is not old yet...hehehehe. With this group of guys anything less than a championship is considered by us a bad season.

6. If Rich Nottis Sr. returns this season, that would give Anthony's three pitchers. Are you going to be happy maybe not pitching as much as last season. When your pitching was a big part of the Championship?

Answer
This year I welcome Richie back with open arms. I got a child on the way in April and I will not be making all the games. But as far as having three pitchers and me being on the bench, I would be lying if I said I would be happy sitting because I always want to pitch.

7. How much longer do you plan on playing?

Answer
I plan on playing like 5 more years if my arm holds up. After games my back and shoulder truly hurt. I can't pitch back to back nights like I used to, that is for sure.

8. You and your wife soon will have your first baby. Are you excited? and are you ready to get up at night and change a diaper?

Answer
I am very excited about my wife having our first child in April. But I hear the tough stories from Chris Lemma. I don't look forward to the early mornings and the diaper changes. hehehehe

9. What are Anthony's #2 chances of repeating as league champions in 2003?

Answer
Our chances of repeating are very good. We lost one player and that was Ralphie. He most likely had the best arm on the team, Gil and Ryan both have exceptional arms as well. We picked up a good utility in Keith Stratton.

10. What will be the facters needed if your team is to to repeat?

Answer
. The main factors needed for us to repeat is health. If everyone stays healthy we should have a great chance. We are very strong up the middle of the field with Gil, Chris, Woody and Markley. Markley's fielding is overlooked but he covers plenty of ground out there, it makes up for his average arm.

11. What player in the league is the hardest for you to get out?

Answer
My toughest out the past year were Cloud, Tobler Regan’s and Joe Ristine Preliminary. Joe caught me for a year and he knows me well, he hits like 700 against me.

12. If Anthony's don't will the Championship this season. What team do you think will?

Answer
. I think Regans will win it if we don't. They have good pitching and hitting. There defense needs improvement but there pitching is key. Prelim also has a shot. They have a quality team and we have a terrible history against Berrilla , Prelims pitcher.

13. If you could add one new rule to the league for the coming season. What would it be?

Answer
I would have to say a shorter season.

14. You have been a part of two championships in 2000 and again in 2002. There are a lot of players never play in a championship game. What does it mean to you to be a pitcher on the Championship Team?

Answer
It is a great feeling pitching in the championship. I pitched in the last 4 championships. Losing 2 and winning 2. So I have the experience. The only thing I was disappointed in last years championship was that I was not on the mound for the last out in the championship. I started the game. I thought I pitched well. I pitched 6 innings. I thought in the 6 inning I didn't have my best stuff and I didn't want to serve up balls to regans, so I took myself out. Bob came in and closed the door and we won 5-4.



Alicea Playoff History
We do not have any records from the Championship playoff for 2000 Alicea was the pitcher that took Anthony’s II to their first ever Championship.

ANTHONY'S #2 VS. REGAN'S TUESDAY AUGUST 7, 2001 8:15PM Anthony's #2 came back just like a good team should. With bats on fire they came to play. John Wood had a big night with his bat a home run and triple and his arm. Marc Alicea had the essential pitches when he needed them and had Regan's poping up on to many at bats. Anthony's 12 Regan's 8.

1. PRELIMINARY VS. ANTHONY'S #2 Tuesday August 14, 2001 ~ 7:30pm In game one it was Preliminary's pitching that carried them all night to a win. But in game two it was what got them in trouble in the very first inning. Preliminary's Starting pitcher Vince Menello walked the first three Anthony's batters then third baseman Neil Spence hit a ball off of the left field fence that cleared the bases. It was in the bottom of the fourth inning with Anthony's leading four to three when Bobby Markley hit a home run to make the score five to three. Anthony's pitcher Marc Alicea did everything right the rest of the game to get Anthony's a 6 to 3 win.

MONDAY August 12, 2002 ~ 8:15pm ~ STARBOARD SIDE VS. ANTHONY'S #2 Anthony's pitcher Marc Alicea must have wondered what was happening in the first inning. See Starboard Side was exploding hits and runs all over the place. It may just have been the teams best inning ever in the playoffs against a team like Anthony's #2 and when it was all over the score was 8 to 0. Alicea went to the bench got his head into the game and when he came out here was a different person. Anthony’s did come back in this game and won 12 to 8. Alicea did not give up another run in the last six innings allowing just two hits.

Regan's Vs. Anthony's #2 ~ Tuesday August 20, 2002 ~ 7:00pm Wood hits another home run making the score Anthony's 4 to 0. Besides the score Anthony's is getting the pitching on this night by Marc Alicea he is breezing along with just a one hitter after four innings. But in the fifth Regan's starts making their move. In the bottom of the sixth inning score 4 to 4 Anthony's Greg Cunningham hits a very big home run putting Anthony's only briefly ahead in the game as Regan's quickly tied the game again in their top of the seventh and holds Anthony's in the bottom of the inning to send the game into the eighth inning. Alicea holds Regan's off the board in the eighth and go into the bottom of the inning, Second baseman Chris Nottis leading off hits a ball that clears the high fence in left field. Giving Anthony's a 6 to 5 win and a 2 to 1 lead in the best of five series. Pitching ~ Anthony's ~ Alicea IP 8 ~ Hits ~ 12 ~ 5 Runs ~ 2 WK ~ KO ~0 ~ 1 & 1 In the Series

Alicea Gets The Win In The Championship Game 2002
The 5th, and final game of the 2002 Championship Vs. Regans In this game Marc asked to be removed from the game after pitching 6 ½ innings his arm just could not go any further. Anthony’s won in the ninth inning 5 to 4.

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I just wanted to add that Billy Wilcox is a fair man and is doing an excellent job. Also Jack you are doing a fine job with all the work you do for the league. Thanks for the interview.

Thank You Marc for taking the time to do this interview. Best wishes to you and your wife with the new baby. And good luck to you this season……

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Pete Boyer ~ Interview - April 19, 2004
WOULD THIS CONTROVERSIAL COACH RETURN SOMEDAY TO COACH ANOTHER TEAM?

By Jack Moore


Question
1. How many years have you coached in this league?

Answer
I started about eight years ago 1994/95 with Shane’s Pub.

Question
2. Why did you leave the team this season? was there any internal problems with the players that you know of?

Answer
No real internal problems. Their all real good guys. I still go out and drink with them. No I just started to get tired. It started to be a drag with guys not showing up, biggest reason was when Tony’s #2 left. You hate them when your on the field. But after the game you go back to the bar and have a beer with them their all good guys.

Question
3. When you came to the second meeting this winter did you know you where not coming back?

Answer
The thought was in the back of my head. I still did not know who was coming back and who was not? Before your next meeting I heard Davis, Zack , Chrisie and Steve Brown was for different reasons. It would be later in the season before they could play or were not going to play at all this year. I talked to Brian Gilbert we decided instead of not having players go back to the bar and leave the sponsor down. We would cash it in. After that I started to hear that there were guys that said no no we want to play. So I turned it over to Borrelli.

Question
4. What are some of the best things that happened to you in this league over the years?

Answer
That would be The Championship over Anthony’s #II and the way we won it! We came out all year long and played our assess off. Another was the championship verses the Crazy Leprechaun even though we did lose the championship on my birthday. Both teams respected each other. There was no hard feelings, no animosity. We went out and played our asses off and we got beat. They deserved it. We had a real good time back at the Lep’s bar when the owner Frankie Davis closed up and let everybody party.

Question
5. What are some of the worst things that happened to you over the years?

Answer
After the year we had lost the Championship to the Lep’s. The other guy that had the franchise wanted it back in his name. At the meeting there was a vote and we lost. This was the night I gained so much respect for Jo Jo (Joey Zysk) I was ready to walk out of the door and say the hell with it when he grabbed me by the arm and asked what happened? I told him we lost the vote and were out. He went in there and said you guys are asses for letting this team go that has just played for the championship. I always liked Joey but after that night I had all of the respect in the world for him.

Question
6. You were the reason for so many new rules and rules being changed in this league over the years. At least you got the blamed for most of this. Mainly the bats.

Answer
My personality is to be abrasive and antagonist I like that. A lot of the rule changes I tried I thought would benefit the league? And it seems some of them to foliation. But after teams dropped out. THE BATS - Jack Guilty as Charged I’ll admit it now its all water over the dame guilty as charged. I got five free bats from De Marinis and there was no way I was leaving them go. It had to be A.J. hitting a home run that Jo Jo questioned ha, ha, ha, Guilty as charged.

Question
7. In the last four years as a coach you have one of the best records in this league. from 2000 to 2003 your team won 69 season games that is a average of 17 win a season. while losing just 28 and you have a 9 and 5 record in the playoffs this is as good as any team in the league.

Answer
It the guys that we put on the field they weren’t guys we swiped from other teams. Like some other team shave a propensity to do. We went out we found guys here the coach names five or six players ( don’t want to misspell any names) This is why we were there every year.

Question
9. If you were to back into this league would you coach any other team but your old team? Answer I’m still going to make games when I can. I basically turned over the regains to John Borrelli because he wanted it. I hope they do have a great season I really do. They are all of my friends, we have had a great seven or eight years together.








GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK


2004 PLAYOFF M.V.P.
JORDAN NICGORSKI

By Jack Moore
August 20, 2004


Q What sports did you play as a kid?
A.I played one year of organized baseball when I was 12 years old. Other than that I would just play things in the neighborhood like hockey, stickball, football, etc.

Q How old were you when you started playing softball?.
A.
I was 20 when I started to play Arc softball. I was 22 when I played my first modified game.

Q How many years have you been playing softball?
A.
I have been playing Arc softball for 8 years and modified for 6 years.

Q Where did you go to school? and did you play baseball?
A.
I went to George Washington High School from 90 – 94 and played football and baseball. I then when to LaSalle University (after a quick pit stop AT CCP) on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher.

Q You seem like a set back quiet kind of guy. Is that the way you have always been? or do you keep everything inside?
A. I am not real quiet I just don’t scream and yell. I like to just play the best I can and let my ability do the talking for me. I try to get my teammates pumped up sometimes, but I rather just watch the game and try to find ways to improve.

Q Not many people have had the chance to see much of you this season because your team played a lot of late games. But the last ten days in the play offs you have been the talk of Fishtown. And you have been compared with some of the best home run hitters that have ever played in this league with the likes of Donald Dougherty, Werner Brand and Tommy Slevenski after just one season. What do you think about all of this?
A. I am flattered by the comparisons to these great players, however lets not get carried away. I did play well in the playoffs, but there is something to be said of consistent play. I am sure that these players you mentioned year in and year out preformed to high levels. If I am to be compared to them I must do the same thing year in and year out. I think it is a bit unfair to put me in that category with just one year under my belt.

Q. This is your first year in our league. You have played in other leagues. How do you compare this league with others?
A. I really like playing in Fishtown. The people are very friendly to me and have made me feel at home. There is something to be said about this neighborhood league. The excitement and bragging rights are a great incentive to play hard with determination and tenacity. I think that the league has many great players, and a lot of new up incoming talent. This league can flourish if there would be some people to teach these young players the fundamentals of the game. There is a great core of ballplayers, and the energy and excitement are definitely in place at hetzels. I know that the modified softball is struggling nowadays, just ask the teams up at Pollack where I have been playing for the last 5 years, but that doesn’t mean it has to die. There are some great experienced players down here that could really teach some of these guys some things. If you get the right combination of player and coach I think the league will become even better.

Q You were just named M.V.P. of the 2004 playoff this is an outstanding award to win not many players have ever won this kind of award. What did this mean to you? and is this your first M.V.P.?
A. I am very grateful to all those who felt I deserved this award. I could not have done it with out my teammates. I can’ t really take any credit for this award. It is my first MVP in any sport I have played. I have received all public distinctions in football and baseball but never an MVP.

Q Over all you must be very happy playing on the Championship team in your first season here in Fishtown?
A. I am thrilled that I could be a part of this championship team. I really enjoyed my time this year. We have a good chemistry on this team.

Q Are we going to have the opportunity of watching you play here for a few years.( If the league continues?)
A. Without question I will be playing down here.

I really hope that people who care about this special league take an active part in making it better. It is easy to criticize the players, teams, and the league for not being as good as years past, but it is a special person who will take it upon himself and be an active part of the rebuilding process. It may not happen overnight, but it can happen without question. I like this league and hope to play for a long time down here.
Thank you Jack

THIS COMMISSIONER KNOWS HE GAVE 110%
An Interview with Bill Wilcox


By Jack Moore
March 21, 2005

1. Bill did you play any sports in school?
A. Yes I played baseball and football two years at Mastbaum high school

2. You did start getting contacted with the Fishtown Mens Softball League at the age of 15. Tell us a little about what were you doing back then?

A. As a kid I would go over to Hetzells every night back then it was a big thing to go and watch the games. There was not even a fence down the first base line. At that time it was also a big thing to be a “Bat Boy” so that is how I got started in the league. There must have been 20 teams in the league at that time. My first team was the Damm Yankees as a fill in player not a starter. The second year I was setting on Newt’s wall and Tommy Thomson came over to me and asked me if I was playing for anybody? I said no at that point he asked Bobby Dunbar who was coaching a team and that was how I got to know Don Dougherty Bobby Mc Gee Eddie Emberger and Tommy Slevenski. I started on that team when I was about 16 or 17 years old. I had another year of high school left when I started playing with them guys.

3. Dave Rotan died in 1996 Jack Moore took over the league for the remainder of 96 season. Then out of a clear blue sky he asked you if you would consider taking over the league? This was a very big task. And something you had never even thought of doing. This must have been a real shocker when he said take a few days and think about it.. Where would you start and how do you run a softball league? What were you thinking about when he asked you?

A. I remember I was at a meeting right after Dave died and you were telling everyone that you could not handle running the league by yourself and I thought that someone being in the league a lot longer then me was going to step up and come forward. You then said if you could not get any help the league was going to fold. Being in the league since I was 16 years old and did not want it to go under. I stood up and said “I will do it” What was running in my mind at the time. Not to much because I did not know what it consisted of. My first year I was a little timid because I left people,.. lets not say walk all over me. But I left people get away more then I know. Then when I realized that if I was going to run this league right I had to hurt some feelings along the way. I did not want to do that but being the commissioner you can’t make everybody happy if your going to run the league the right way. At the time you asked me I did not know all of the details but I learned each day as I went on.

4. If you did take over the league would you have to give up playing? Something you really wanted to continue doing.. And what would the other teams think of you playing in the league and making the decisions that might involve their teams?

A. OK well this is one thing I can really be proud of myself. Because I have probably suspended more of my own team then I suspended anybody in the league. As far as me showing favoritism I know in my heart I have never done that. I know I have been accused of it people say I have gotten favoritism from the umpires and that is not true. But I know for a fact that I have ran it without cheating without ever going to a umpire and saying anything to him.
I have treated everyone a like. I have never let anyone get away with anything. I have talked to them after each incident. Then do what I know I have to do as a player and a commissioner.
When I first took over the job like I said I did not want to stop playing because that is how much I love playing in the Hetzell league and I know in my heart I could be a good commissioner and be a player at the same time.

5. What was it like... That first year as commissioner taking on all of the work and responsibilities?

A. Well it really did not bother me because I loved playing the game. And I loved doing it for the players. It was not just for me but for a lot of other people that loved softball. For the guys like Donald Dougherty, Bobby Mc Gee, Eddie Emberger, and Tommy Slevenski these players I will never forget.

6. Over the last ten seasons you had to make some very tough decisions when the rules of the league were broken. Many have been suspending players and umpires for many different infractions. This must have been the hardest thing you ever had to do in you life? Telling a player, coach or umpire that he had been suspended.

A. Yes sure it was always very hard to suspend a guy because you think that guy is your friend. And in the heat of a moment in a game people say things that they don’t really mean. You know in your heart at that moment people do things and say things that they should not say. But then you have to do your job they can’t keep doing it and if not handled the right way things will just get worse.
I was suspended myself by Dave Rotan one or two times. You just can’t leave anyone abuse the league or a umpire weather right or wrong he is human and is there to work a game then go home to his family calling him names and all of that stuff is wrong.

7. The loss of your Dad. in 2000. Worrying about your Mom and the family . That had to be really tough on you? But there was still the league and the field and the umpires and everything still had to go on. How did you work all of these things out? In such a dreadful time of your life?

A. Well you know you have to keep going on. The loss of my Dad was a tragedy to me because of the way it happened, you know he was not supposed to go at that time but God took him. My Mom took it very badly I had to make sure that I was always there for her. I had to work every day then I would go over and do the field. Then I would go check on my Mom if I had a game that night I would play then call her again to see if everything was OK?
It has been five years now since my Dad passed and my Mom is doing really good.

8. You have given your all for ten seasons and there are people that think you have made the league better and done a great job as with the leagues commissioner. Now you have said that this the 50th season will be your last season running the league. Do you really mean it? Or is there a chance you may change your mind?

A. 1. That is a good question again. You know what I said it because times have changed a lot. And some things have been said I can’t handle I feel people don’t appreciate what you do today. Maybe. there is a possibility that I could again You don’t know what is going to happen this year. Right now in my heart I am saying that this is it.
I do not regret anything I have done in the last ten years.. I know that have given 110% There were times I did not even get to see my kids ball games because I had to clean the field at Hetzells. There is a lot of things that people don’t know. And there are people that really don’t care or appreciate it.
I do it because if there are 500 people in the league 480 of them do care. Most of them come up to me and say you did a great job on the field tonight. That means a lot to me at least they appreciate it. I am probably the only commissioner ever to run a league and not make a dime . My reason is because I love Hetzells, the players and I love being a part of the league.

2. How hard is it going to be on you just to walk away?

A. Very hard I love softball so much I have been playing since I was with the 26th Pal. I love being around these guys and the partying. It is really going to hurt.

3. What is your life going to be like without softball in it?

A. I really don’t have a answer for that. The first year I will think about it all of the time. But when I was younger if I missed a game it would eat me away. Now if I miss a game it don’t bother me as much as 20 years ago. But I would say it is going to be really tough.

4. Will you still play? Or is this it?

A. No if I leave the Commissioner I will leave the game.

Note: Before Bill took over the league he asked me if I would stay with him? I promised him that I would be with him as long as he needed me . If he would take over the commissioners title. Personally I have worked with Bill the entire ten years of his running the league and I feel that he has been as fair as any man could have been dishing out the suspensions. And his love for this league has been the driving force of excellence in making the league the best there was in the City. There have been a lot of commissioners over 49 years that have worked to make this league the best anywhere. But this one has gone the extra mile in everything he has done over his ten years and made it number one. I don’t think no one has ever done it better...................... Thanks Bill for a truly fabulous job. It had been my pleasure being with you these ten seasons. Jack Moore

No one knows just how thankless of a job this really is. Running a neighborhood softball league and having to put up with all of the shit that any body feels like throwing at you. How many nights you go home and think why do I do this?












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2001 Banquet



The Last Awards Banquet 2002
Our Award Nights Started September 1993 to September 2001
The Vote to End The Awards Night was 5 to 4 Taken at The Winter Meeting On Janurary 21, 2002





The Bill Glassman Family at the League's Hall of Fame Induction ceremony



New Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Wyatt with family and friends.



Preliminary Bar
The 2001 Rotan League Champions



(left to right) Greg Cunningham of Anthony's II and Coach Pete Boyer
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John Borrelli of Preliminary Bar, receives his Playoff MVP Award
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The individual team MVPs for the 2001 season.



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HETZELLS FIELD SCHEDULED TO BE
SHUT DOWN BEFORE THIS SEASON ENDS?

May 2, 2002
Even thou the environmentel people gave the city a clean bill for Hetzells field a few weeks ago. There are some that have kept the pressure on the City to close the field down. So there was a meeting on April 3, 2002 to make a decision at one point the field was to be shut down on Thursday April 4, 2002. But after some pleaing that closing the field would push almost 400 Fishtown A.C. Children along with the Rotan softball league and also the Penn Treaty School uses the field with no where to play.

So at this point the Department of Recreation said that they would shut the field down on August 1, 2002. This date is still up in the air because of the Freddy Adams Tournament that is always played the second week of August.

Why should the field be shut down? If the field is safe? This will push almost all of the children that play soccer for the Fishtown A.C. off the field out to find another place to play and where could be?

Fishtown is a neighborhood that is in need of another playground so bad. It's always over looked all of the time. The children have no where to go to play, so they hang on the corners and get into trouble. It's time for the City to realize that there is a place called FISHTOWN and it's in the City Of Philadelphia and it's time for some of the money to go into a new place where Children can play.

LATEST UP DATE: We talked to Tom Fox of the Department of Recreation. He said that the plan is to aerate and seed the field next week. With a little rain to help the grass grow. They will be able to hold off until med August. Then the City would shut the field down. And Turn all of the field over then seed or lay grass. The field may be closed down for about six weeks? We will keep you up to date any time we get more.



WOULD YOUR TEAM LIKE TO PLAY AT GREATERFORD PRISON?

April 20, 2002
To The Dave Rotan Sr. Softball League:

I’m writing on behalf of the Graterford Branch NAACP who are an organization that connect with various communities through inter-active programs such as basketball games, softball games, volleyball games, R&B and Rap Shows, job seminars and motivational speakers.

We are in the process of looking for outside teams who are interested in coming to the Graterford Prison to play against the Graterford NAACP team. We would provide transportation if needed, official referees and trophies.

The individuals must be 18 years of age or older, must not have felony convictions and must complete a security clean check form. This form should be mailed to the attention of Mr. Bob Kowalcyk, Activities Dept., P.O. Box 246, Graterford, PA 19426. All forms must be completed and submitted 3 weeks prior to the date of a game.

They would prefer for Sunday (around noon) games if possible and they have all Sundays available at the moment.

If you have any teams who may be interested they can contact myself Maria Rios who is the outside liaison for this organization at 215-235-3489 or 267-251-3247 with questions and/or available dates. I can also be contacted in writing at P.O. Box 22359, Philadelphia, PA 19110-2359. I, in turn will contact Graterford NAACP to set up the dates for the game.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you in advance for your participation. Sincerely,

Maria Rios
Graterford Branch NAACP Liaison

I HAVE TAKEN TEAMS TO GREATERFORD MANY TIMES
It is quite a experience. If you have any questions I can help you with e-mail me or call me. I would be glad to help you. I will tell you this, its a day you will long remember and you'll play a very good team.
Jack Moore
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FRIDAY - JUNE 7, 2002~~ 7:00pm ~ ANTHONY'S #2 VS. PRELIMINARY
Here two of the top three teams in the league meet. Preliminary comes into the game one game down to Anthony's #2 in the loss column in the first two games the teams have split. With both teams winning their game by just one run. Well this game starts out with Anthony's scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. But it did not take very long for Preliminary to tie the game for they score four runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the third inning Preliminary scored a run to give them the lead 5 to 4. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning the score is tied at seven. Preliminary has the bases loaded a ball is chopped to third baseman Neil Spence he steps on the base then comes home but throws the ball high over catcher Bill Wilcox head. The runner goes back to third base. Now there is two runners at second base the ball is tossed to second so the runner at third comes home. After all is said and done Preliminary has a one run lead but their shortstop is tossed out of the game. This means that there is no one else to come into the game but coach Pete Boyer. With runners at first and third and one out. Anthony's holds a meeting at the pitchers mound it is decided to walk the batter at the plate and load the bases to get to the coach that has bad knees and hope for a double play. Well everything is set the pitch is made the coach hits a dribbler down the third base line no more then ten feet in all. By the time the catcher picks up the ball the runner scores from third and on first base with a hit and r.b.i and a .1000 batting average stands coach Boyer. Preliminary scores another run in the inning. Anthony's scores a run in the seventh. Final Score Preliminary 10 to 8 UP-DATE THIS GAME WAS CALLED A FORFEIT ON SATURDAY 6/8/2002 FINAL SCORE ANTHONY'S #2 7 TO 0

BOMBSHELL HITS LEAGUE WHEN PRELIMINARY BAR IS GIVEN FORFEIT

It was Saturday June 8, about 4:30pm when it all started. An E-Mail was sent to Jack Moore from a person named (Name Removed By Request) this is what it said ~"How can Pete bat when his name is not on the roster?" And sure enough Pete's name was not on the 22 man roster like all other team rosters. Every other coaches name is on their 22 man players roster. So a copy of the e-mail was sent to the commissioner Bill Wilcox and Coach Pete Boyer. After the Commissioner had checked the Preliminary Bar roster and found that the Coaches name was not on the roster. He called the coach and informed him that his team was assessed with a forfeit that was covered under Rule #10 FORFEITS Sec. #4 Any team using a ineligible player (any person that's name is not on the teams 22 man roster) Will forfeit any and all games that the team had won with that player in the line up. When the Coach was told of the forfeit he said "If the league gives us this forfeit I will pull my team out of the league" The commissioners statement to that was "Pete you have to do what you have to do" It was just one year ago that the same thing was imposed on the Starboard Side team for using a player not on the roster. So Preliminary's Friday night win over Anthony's #2 will become a loss. And the standings will change and the league will go on. We hope with Preliminary but only time will tell..........



Dave Rotan Sr. Softball League
June 14, 2002 Season
An Umpire takes the brunt of attract for doing wrong. When he did everything right but a little late. Read what happened when umpire Tom Mc Clain called last nights game
HIS LOVE FOR THE GAME GOT HIM IN HOT WATER COMMENTARY BY JACK MOORE

It was raining, but it had been raining off and on all night. The field was wet and starting to get slippery BUT because these teams were cooperating so much rushing on and off of the feild to get this game in and not even taking warm-ups between innings. Umpire Tom Mc Clain let his heart do the talking and not his head.
This game could have, And maybe should have been called after the fifth inning ended. "But these kids were so excited, they kept asking me ump your going to try and get this game in? After the end of the fifth inning the base umpire came in and said to me "How much longer are you going to let this go?
As the bottom of the sixth inning started "I told Starboard Side catcher Joey Malak "This is it one way or the other (meaning I would give the teams one more inning) Fishtown scores three runs making the score 5 to 4. If your a umpire you know what is coming if you call the game. But the field is BAD and if one of the players gets hurt it was because the umpire did not call the game.
Tom and I go back almost 50 years as a matter of fact I started umpiring five years before Tom started. Even back in his first years as a umpire. You knew this guy was going to be a good one. And time proved this true Tom Mc Clain is considered in these parts as one of the best umpires anywhere and when it comes to a championship school game in any sport He is the first one called to do that game. His honesty and integrity is always above reproach
So after the man has given his all and has given both teams a great called game. He is called every name in the book? It's a disgrace to degrade him and call him ever mf'er possible. Here is a man that don't need to be doing the Rotan league. But his love for Fishtown and the game keeps bringing him back for one more year.



POPULAR LEAGUE RULE STILL MISSUNDERSTOOD BY SOME
6/23/2002


The "Bench Runner Rule"
Has been a part of the Rotan league for nine seasons and it is still often questioned. Like in a game played June 12th, 2002 with Starboard Side and Preliminary. We will not use any names but one Starboard Side's Coach Bob Mulvenna that used this rule to the ultimate.

Let's say it's the fourth inning Bob takes player #1 out of the game to pinch hit for him. Player#2 batting for player #1 gets a hit. Now the Coach puts player#1 back into the game as the bench runner at first base. Player #3 hits a double and drives in player #1. Now the Coach can use the Re-Entree rule to put Player #1 back into the game. NOTE player #1 must go back into the game in the same spot (batting order) he was at the start of the game.

Rule #7 BENCH RUNNER One time in each game a team can use a BENCH RUNNER for anyone , but cannot use any player that is in the game at that time. But can use any player on the bench even if they were in the game earlier, and was taken out. The team will not lose their right to use the re-entree rule for any player that is used as this runner. (Note: this is a Rotan league rule)

12- RE-ENTEE RULE- Any of the starting players may be substituted for at any time. The starting player may return to the game and replace the player that took his place in the line up. When this happens the substitute player cannot re-enter the game at any time. (But can be used as a bench runner

This is meant to be a fun rule. It can be used just to give any runner on base a rest. But those that know how to use it. Do use it in a very benefical to way to help their team. We hope this will help you understand the bench runner rule a little better so that the next time your at a game and you hear UMP we're going to use the bench runner. You'll know whats going on....




YOUNG BUNCH OF ALL-STARS WILL REPRESENT THE ROTAN LEAGUE IN
NEW YORK


Many of this years All-Star team has never had a chance to play on the leagues All-Star team. Even thou many of them have played in the league for years. But this year they will get a chance to go to New York to play. Then again play in the leagues All-Star game here on Friday Night July 12, 2002. Preliminary told the league that to many of their players had made plans to be away over the 4th. of July weekend and they would not be able to play in the New York game on July 6th. So Anthony's #2 the team that won the league in 2000 will get the chance to play the New York Champs. Most of the Anthony's #2 team will not play in the all-star game in New York so that the other teams players will get more of a chance to play......

Any of these players that can't make the trip will be replaced on this roster.

YOU CAN GO, IF YOUR QUICK
WE HAVE A VERY FEW SEATS OPEN ON THE BUS
TO NEW YORK ON JULY 6TH. THE COST IS $20.00 THAT INCLUDES THE TRIP. AN AFTER THE GAME PARTY AND REFRESHMENTS ON THE BUS ON THE WAY HOME. THIS IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS ANYONE WISHING TO GO SEE BILL WILCOX. A.S.A.P.

THE BUS LEAVES AT 8:30AM AND WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR ANYONE.

2002 ALL-STAR ROSTER

  1. 1B ~ Bill Gorey ~ Anthony's #1
  2. 1B ~ Frank Graber Sr. United Cab
  3. 2B ~ Chris Lemma ~ Starboard Side
  4. 2B ~ John Swift ~ Mandi's Deli
  5. SS ~ Tom Dixon ~ Starboard Side
  6. SS ~ Gil Newton Jr. ~ Anthony'S #2
  7. 3B ~ Butchy Moore ~ United Cab
  8. 3B ~ Bill Carter ~ Mandi's Deli
  9. Cat ~ Sean Yost ~ Fishtown
  10. Cat ~ Dave Rock ~ Regan's
  11. OF ~ Jason Johnson ~ Anthony's #1
  12. OF ~ Bob Mulvenna ~ Starboard Side
  13. OF ~ Tom Mulllen ~ Starboard Side
  14. OF ~ Bill Todd ~ Mandi's Deli
  15. OF ~ Dave McGhee ~ Mandi'S Deli
  16. OF ~ Bill Spross ~ Anthony's #1
  17. OF ~ Rich Nottis Jr. ~ Fishtown
  18. OF ~ Rick Harr Jr. ~ Fishtown
  19. OF ~ Danny Doyle ~ United Cab
  20. Pit ~ Mike Martin ~ Mandi's Deli
  21. Pit ~ Jim Mc Kenna ~ Regan's
  22. Pit ~ Bob Mc Cormick ~ Anthony's #2
    NOTE: This team won by the score of 8 to 2






    WHO WERE THE LEAGUE MVPs?"
    TRIVIA See Below

    These players were named M.V.Ps at the Annual League's Award Nights from 1993 to 2000. All of the stats for each category R.B.Is, Home Runs, The Highest Batting Average were compiled by Bill Gassman Sr.

    1993 - Bob McGee - Fishtown
    1994 - Jason Holloway - Anthony's
    1995 - Joe Zysk - Anthony's
    1996 - Bill Anderson - Day's Pub
    1997 - Brian Gilbert - Picayune
    1998 - Werner Brand - Crazy Leprechaun
    1999 - Werner Brand - Crazy Leprechaun
    2000 - Rich Nottis, Sr. - Crazy Leprechaun






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    Tombstone found in Hetzell field
    By Barbie Small

    Joe Volpe and Frank Conroy of General As-phalt Paving Company, were on the job at Het-zell's Field, Columbia Avenue and Thompson Street, last Thursday, in the process of installing a sprinkler system for new grass that will spread across the entire playing field. Back in April, there was a lot of talk about low PCB levels in the soil at Hetzell's along with talk about human remains (bones) being found. There were in fact, low PCB levels found in the soil, but the EPA stated that they were so low they posed no threat to anyone in the area. As for the bones, no one ever saw any evidence. But while digging last Thursday, Joe, Frank and the rest of the crew found the tombstone of "Susan Hugg," a six year old girl who died December 21, 1850. The tombstone was readable and quite in tact, buried about two feet un-der the ground by the Earl Street side of the field. After the workers took a look at the tombstone, they returned it to the shallow grave, figuring they had disturbed the girl's resting-place. But after a Star reporter ar-rived, on a tip from an anonymous caller, the group unearthed the stone again and decided to move it to Palmer Cemetery. Now it seems certain that there are human re-mains in the field, and that Hetzell's was in fact a burial ground back in the 1800's. It supposedly stayed that way until the early 1900's, according to local reports.






    HETZELLS WILL BE COVERED WITH TURF
    FEBRUARY 2, 2003


    When will the field be ready to play on?

    When you want to know the real story about a City Recreation field you go to the man in charge. And that man is Tom Fox. At 3:30pm on Monday Janurday 27, 2003 we talked to Tom by phone and asked him what was going on at Hetzells?

    He told us that the field is in fact done outside of laying the new turf. And as soon as the ice cold weather brakes the contractor will get right to doing this job. After it has been laded it will be watered continuously for about three weeks untill it has rooted.

    So if we do get a early spring warm up and the turf gets put down. We are told that the field should be ready in time to open both baseball and softball seasons.

    At the worst. If the weather does not cooperate. The season would open a little later (a week or two?) BUT the 48th. Dave Rotan Softball League will play again in 2003 on a brand new field named Hetzells.

    How many games will each team play in 2003?
    A 28 game season was voted by 6 to 1

    Will all eight teams return?
    YES ~ Will there be any new teams added ~ NO

    Will there be one or more teams with new sponsors?
    Yes it looks like there maybe as many as three teams with new sponsors and names this season.

    One team missed the first meeting of the year who was it?
    Preliminary

    A surprise team walks in the door and asks to join the league. And No they were not from Fishtown.

    They were told by a player with Anthony's #2 that they could get into the league because there was a opening. Sadly this is not true. Only if a team had dropped out would there be a opening..............







    NATIONAL A.S.A. MODIFIED CLASS "B"
    CHAMPIONS 2002


    PLAYER COMMITMENTS DROPS REGANS OUT OF LEAGUE
    END OF AN ERA

    Modified softball has lost its greatest team.
    Little did anyone know that after just two seasons in the Rotan softball league Joe Reagn's Bar would dissolve?

    After 30 years 1972 to 2002 and 14 League Championships, 9 A.S.A. Tournament wins, 2 Gold Medal Tournaments wins and one National Tournament win.
    After we had won the National Tournament last season. I knew we could not do any better and said to myself thats enough. (Joe Regan)




    THIS IS THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS SCHEDULE


    APRIL 21, 2003 TO MAY 16, 2003


    Shissler Rec. Center ~ Blair & Berks Street.
    All Games Monday to Friday start at 8:15 Fridays second game is 9:15pm
    PLEASE NOTE: HOME TEAM IS ON THE LEFT SIDE

    WEEK #1
    APRIL

    21 ~ Anthony's #2 ~ 6 Vs. Preliminary ~ 8
    22 ~ Crabbies ~ 9 Vs. Passing Time ~ 8
    23 ~ Anthony's #1 ~ 10 Vs. Fishtown ~ 20
    24 ~ Crabbies ~0 Vs. Anthony's #2 ~13
    25 ~ Preliminary ~ 16 Vs. Anthony's #1 ~ 6
    25 ~ Fishtown ~ 8 Vs. Passing Time --9:15pm ~ 9


    WEEK #2
    28 ~ Passing Time~ 5 Vs. Anthony's #2~ 15
    29 ~ Preliminary Vs. Fishtown
    30 ~ Anthony's #1 Vs Crabbies

    MAY

    1 ~ Anthony's #2 Vs. Anthony's #1
    2 ~ Passing Time Vs. Preliminary
    2 ~ Fishtown Vs. Crabbies --9:15


    WEEK #3
    5 ~ Preliminary Vs. Crabbies
    6 ~ Anthony's #2 Vs. Fishtown
    7 ~ Passing Time Vs. Anthony's #1
    8 ~ Preliminary Vs. Anthony's #2
    9 ~ Passing Time Vs. Crabbies
    9 ~ Fishtown Vs. Anthony's #1 --9:15pm


    WEEK #4
    12 ~ Anthony's #1 Vs. Preliminary
    13 ~ Passing Time #1 Vs. Fishtown
    14 ~ Anthony's #2 Vs. Passing Time
    15 ~ Crabbies Vs. Anthony's #1
    16 ~ Anthony's #2 Vs. Crabbies
    16 ~ Fishtown Vs. Preliminary --9:15pm




    FISHTOWN A.C. ~ SHISSLER REC. CENTER ~ AND THE LEAGUE ASKS ALL PLAYERS AND FANS
    TO PLEASE PUT ALL TRASH INTO
    ONE OF THE TRASH BARREL'S AROUND THE FIELD
    THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO KEEP THE FIELD CLEAN & SAFE.





    COULD THIS BE THE LAST YEAR IN THE
    HISTORY OF A GREAT LEAGUE?

    May 2003 Over its first 47 years the Fishtown/Rotan softball league has sirvived a number of tragedys. In 1996 the commissioner Dave Rotan died suddenly. And the same year Hetzells was shut down. In 1988 the league was on the brink of closing down with just 4 teams left. A meeting was called and on that night all of the league rules were changed and the league was rebuilt into one of the best in Philadelphia.

    Last season Hetzells was again shut down and the league pushed to look for another place to play. Along with this lost two teams. One of them Regan's Bar one of the best of all time in modified softball and one of the top teams in the league bringing the league to six teams..

    And There seems to be a real difference you can feel it in the competitiveness in the teams. The spirit and desire its just not there even with the top teams. Not like it has always been. And there is a real fear that one of the teams may drop out before the end of the season. This could be the last nail in the casket.

    The league desperately looks to find away to somehow get this season in with all six teams. Right now there have been two other teams that have asked about getting in the league in 2004.

    Every time things have looked dark in the past. The league has found teams and players from other parts of the City interested in the league and the league would sirvive. But now there are very little modified teams out there and the odds are starting to get very slim against the leagues chances of coming up with other teams or even players.

    The league moves back home to Hetzells for what looks like the last time on May 27, 2003
    We will see only time will tell if the 48th season will be the last? and will become just memories of the first 47 wonderful years to always remember.






    MC ARDLE ALLSTARS OUT SLUG ROTAN LEAGUE

    July 18, 2003
    A NIGHT THE PITCHERS WILL WANT TO FORGET

    The third inning had just ended and Anthony pitcher Rich Nottis Sr. had just pitched three innings of two hit softball. And things looked dark fot the Mc Ardle stars. the score was Rotan Stars 5 to 1.

    Then the roof caved in on the Fishtown team. For in the next six innings the Mc Ardle teams pitching and hitting would score 22 runs while holding the Rotan team to just 13 runs. They played like they had something to prove. That they could play any league with the players that play in the Frank Mc Ardle league. They also played like they wanted it more. ~ Final Score 23 to 18

    STAR NOTES:
    Pitcher Nottis was asked by Rotan star manager Bobby Markley if he could return in the ninth inning with one out and the bases loaded. He said he could and retired the two batters he faced. His record for the night 3 2/3 innings two hits and just one run all night. Other then his pitching the hitters had an allstar night. We don't have any idea how many hits were made by both teams? or how many errors were recorded on this night? The crowd was easy the largest of the season.

    PLAY OF THE NIGHT
    Not so sure of the inning but it was late in the game. The Mc Ardle stars have the bases loaded. There are two outs. The batter hits a hard shot that looks like it is into left field when Rotan shortstop Pat Hart Jr. Makes a head first dive to his right and some how makes a miraculous stop and on the flat of his back he turns and throws the ball to third base in time to get the force. It was a play that you had to see to appreciate..........

    There is always next year. The Dave Rotan League Congratulates the players of the Frank Mc Ardle Softball League on their win.









    ANTHONY'S II
    2003 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

    There are different levels of championships. It seems that the more advanced the championship, the more single-minded effort is taking place. To truly excel in one area, one must be extremely tough emotionally and mentally. He must not be distracted. He must push beyond the limit continuously. He must never be satisfied that he has “arrived”. If he relaxes and feels satisfied, he loses his edge. In sports, it is referred to as “being hungry.” These champions Anthony's II clearly see themselves in the championship role--they play to be there; they expect to be there; they are willing to pay the price.
    This League Congratulates Anthony's II





    THIS RUMOR IS REALITY

    By Jack Moore
    YES it is true, Anthony's II is leaving the Rotan league to play in a Arc Ball league in South Philly.

    I asked coach Bob Markley if the rumors that I have been hearing was true that the team was leaving?
    He confirmed that the team had voted to play arc ball in South Philly "We play in all of the arc ball tounaments and the team likes this kind of ball"

    I ask Bob what was the reason they would leave? "They want to play for money The league in South Phila. has $3,000 for the winner. The other league in Port Richmond will have $2,100 to pay out "We will be playing four to five nights a week. We have won the Rotan league three out of four years and the players just want to play for the money" This league has only kind words and best wishes to a really great modified team.

    Will this mean more competition in 2004? the league has its wrap up meeting on September 22, 2003 teams that have asked to get into the league over the last few years have been invited. And 2004 will be a year of firsts. How about the league starting with no champion. Everyone will know from the start a new champion will be crowned. So its open "The Champioship" is up for grabs. And could the string of no new team ever winning the leagues championship in their first season in 48 years come to a end??

    PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
    John Gallagher Always took care of building a new page for the leagues newest Indictees he also put on all of the leagues photos. But John has not been with us now in almost a year? and this means we have to do the best that we can until we get someone else that knows what they are doing, to jump in and help us out..........
    Thank You for your understanding in this matter. We hope to be back 100% A.S.A.P.
    If you have experience working on a web site like Tripod and Angelfire and know how to put photos on these types of sites and would be willing to teach me. I would be very grateful to you Please e-mail me Jack Moore.
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    PLAYERS PLAYING OR NOT PLAYING - ARE INVITED TO BAT THE ENTIRE GAME Batting Order For Bat Around
    BLUE ~TEAM -- Coach Jimmy Diamond

    Infielder's

    4 - Don Dougherty - 1996 - J.& T. ROOFING ~ HALL OF FAME
    6 - Tom Dunbar - 1993 - J.& T. ROOFING
    11 - Ed Emberger - 1995 - J.& T. ROOFING
    16 - Jim Quinn - 1987 -B & B
    0 - Charles Tobin - 1989 - KELLY'S HAPPY TAP
    5 - Werner Brand - 2003 - - ANTHONY'S CAFE #2
    9 - Timmy Bryan - 1995 - PICAYUNE
    8 - Gene Bryan - 2000 - STARBOARD SIDE
    - Jim Sanger - X

    - Outfielder's

    1 - Rich Dougherty - 1998 - DOC'S ~ HALL OF FAME
    3 - Jr. Barez - 1987 - BRADLEYS ~ HALL OF FAME
    7 - Jimmy Slevenski - 1996 - J.& T. ROOFING
    13 - Richy Kiker - 1996 - GREEN TREE
    12 - Pete Hiltwhine - 1987 - B & B
    15 - Pat Cain Sr. - 1999 - PICAYUNE
    - Carl Erb - X
    - Mike Shank - X
    - Tony Diocson - X
    - Mike Butnick - X
    - Mike Souvany - X
    - John Lang - X - DAY'S PUB
    - Harry Slevenski - X - ANTHONY'S CAFE

    Pitchers

    17 - George Madden - 1978 - PALMER CLUB
    2 - Bob Mc Gee - 1993 - J.& T. ROOFING ~ HALL OF FAME
    8 - Joey Zysk - 2003 - ANTHONY'S CAFE
    - Tom Smith - X
    Catchers

    10 - Ed Hepworth - 1996 - FISHTOWN
    14 - Scott Plavner - 1991 - 89ER'S
    - Danny Sanborn - X - ANTHONY'S CAFE
    - Joe Spross - X






    THANK YOU
    FISHTOWN SOFTBALL







    THIS GAME WILL USE "BAT AROUND" ~ PLAYERS BAT THE ENTIRE GAME SEE THE PROPOSED BATTING ORDER FOR BOTH TEAMS
    CLICK HERE TO READ

    THE GAME
    LAST AND FINAL DATE TO PLAY IN THIS GAME WILL BE APRIL 30, 2004 ROSTERS WILL FROZEN AS OF THIS DATE AND NO ONE WILL BE ADDED TO THE ROSTERS...SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED GET IN TOUCH WITH US A.S.A.P. BY SENDING YOUR GAME FEE OF $25.00 TO BRING SOMEONE BACK TO THE PARTY AS YOUR GUEST WITH A TEE SHIRT, PLEASE ADD $22.00 WITH YOUR FEE. TO JACK MOORE 2559 EAST DAUPHIN STREET PHILADELPHIA PA. 19125 ~ PLEASE US YOUR NAME AND ADD YOUR TEE SHIRT SIZE AND THE NAME OF THE LAST TEAM YOU PLAYED ON AT HETZELLS AND ALSO THE LAST YEAR YOU PLAYED ~ THERE IS ALSO A GAME REQUEST FORM: YOU CAN CUT & PAST FILL OUT AND JUST SEND IT IN..
    Total number of players paid in full to date - March 22, 2004 ~~~ 49
    Returning to the party after the game ~~ 61

    VERY IMPORTUNE PLEASE NOTE.....No one can go to the after the game party at Shannon's.
    Other then those paid in full on or before April 30, 2004


    CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
    The Proagam Committee
    Jack Moore
    Dave Lane
    Bill Wilcox
    Jimmy Quinn
    Don Dougherty
    David Rotan Jr.




    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME A LEAGUE STARTED A SEASON WITHOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM??

    Posted 4-5-2004
    Well this maybe a first? The only way any league could start a new season without a championship team. Is one the league is just opening for the first time ever. Or two for whatever reason your championship team just up and leaves the league.
    br> Anyway this is a first in the Rotan league. This is what happened the 2003 champs Anthony’s #2 left. Now at the time things look very bleak for the league. But after setting back this winter and going over everything the realism of losing the league champs could be a blessing in a lot of ways.

    With the coming of the 2004 season the league has more teams seven one more then last year. By the league losing its top team as funny as it may seem the league has gained two teams out of all of this. And in turn may have made its self a much better more balanced all around league?

    There are no more power house teams in the league like Anthony’s #2 or Regan's Bar. And moreimportant this year, The championship is wide open to any team. Like Commissioner Bill Wilcox once said after Regan's had left in 2002 “This league has survived all these years. We can’t worry about one team leaving” Its is a little early to really analyze what the 2004 version of modified softball will bring to the Rotan league. So we will just have to wait about a month or two to see what kind of real competition these teams can bring to the table.







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    THIS GAME WILL USE "BAT AROUND" ~ PLAYERS BAT THE ENTIRE GAME SEE THE PROPOSED BATTING ORDER FOR BOTH TEAMS
    CLICK HERE TO READ

    THE GAME
    LAST AND FINAL DATE TO PLAY IN THIS GAME WILL BE APRIL 30, 2004 ROSTERS WILL FROZEN AS OF THIS DATE AND NO ONE WILL BE ADDED TO THE ROSTERS...SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED GET IN TOUCH WITH US A.S.A.P. BY SENDING YOUR GAME FEE OF $25.00 TO BRING SOMEONE BACK TO THE PARTY AS YOUR GUEST WITH A TEE SHIRT, PLEASE ADD $22.00 WITH YOUR FEE. TO JACK MOORE 2559 EAST DAUPHIN STREET PHILADELPHIA PA. 19125 ~ PLEASE US YOUR NAME AND ADD YOUR TEE SHIRT SIZE AND THE NAME OF THE LAST TEAM YOU PLAYED ON AT HETZELLS AND ALSO THE LAST YEAR YOU PLAYED ~ THERE IS ALSO A GAME REQUEST FORM: YOU CAN CUT & PAST FILL OUT AND JUST SEND IT IN..
    Total number of players paid in full to date - March 31, 2004 ~~~ 52 Returning to the party after the game ~~ 64
    VERY IMPORTUNE PLEASE NOTE.....No one can go to the after the game party at Shannon's.
    Other then those paid in full on or before April 30, 2004


    CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
    The Proagam Committee
    Jack Moore
    Dave Lane
    Bill Wilcox
    Jimmy Quinn
    Don Dougherty
    David Rotan Jr.




    YOU WONDER WHY?
    5-18-2004
    Do you remember when players, playing in the first game at 7:00pm would rush right from work to get to Hetzells by 6 or 6:15 so that they could get some BP? (batting practice) as players got to the field they would jump right into the cage and get some swings. That was then this is now. Its 8:08 on Monday night just the fourth week of the 2004 season. The second place team just a half of game out of first place has just eight players on the field. Other players and coaches are all using their cell phones to call their players "Are you playing tonight? "Are you on your way? and other players they can't even get on the phone??

    We talked to people standing around the backstop and they are saying "You can see there is no interest in this sport anymore" This did not just start its been going on now for about the last five years. Some nights it will be 6:50pm and there is just one or two players on each side maybe by 6:57 the ninth or tenth player will be seen w a l k i n g across the field. Then he expects to loosen up at 7:00pm. Now you hear from those at the backstop "This is a dying sport the plyers no longer care" Well that's not true for all players there are some still get up in the morning and think softball because they have a game that night and it is something to look forward to all day. These are the players you really feel sorry for. Becaues when it is gone its gone forever.

    And what chance does any league have if the players/teams don't even have their heart in playing? Some has questioned over the last few years of the possibilty of turning the league into a Arc Ball League? Well maybe someday this will have to be considered if there is to be any softball at all here in Fishtown

    But as long as modified lives so will the Rotan league. It is all up to the players now. Do they want to play any longer or not? Time is running out............






     

    Don't forget...the home team for the third meeting of the season is determined by a toss of the coin.

     

     Date  Opponent  Time
     April    
     18  @Les & Doreen's  815PM
     20  @Fasone's  815PM
     27  Philly Sox  700PM
     May    
     1  Preliminary  700PM
     3  Regan's  815PM
     9  Starboard Side  815PM
     10  @Anthony's #2  815PM
     18  @Crabby's  700PM
     23  @Anthony's  700PM
     29  Les & Doreen's 815PM 
     31  @Fasone's 815PM
     June ~~ SCORES    
     7  @Philly Sox~11 Fishtown ~1  700PM
     8  @Preliminary ~18 Fishtown ~8  815PM
     15  Regan's ~16 Fishtown ~0  700PM
     19  Starboard Side ~18 Fishtown ~13  815PM
     21  Anthony's #2 ~24 Fishtown ~1  815PM
     29  Crabby's ~11 Fishtown ~2  700PM
     July    
     6  Anthony's ~10 Fishtown ~5  700PM
     11  Preliminary ~13 Fishtown ~3  815PM
     16  Starboard Side ~0 Fishtown ~7 FF/WIN  815PM
     18  Fasone's ~15 Fishtown ~0  700PM
     23  Philly Sox ~16 Fishtown ~0  700PM





    WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?
    OR ARE THEY THINKING AT ALL?

    POSTED JUNE 6, 2004
    Over the past few weeks there have been times that teams have had just nine players show up for the game for one reason or another.

    And if you have been watching from behind the backstop you have seen. The team with just the eight players. It seems this team will have a player that will start to jump all over an umpire for a miner call that he disagrees with. And he will start mounthing off about this play over and over again?

    How smart is this? If the umpire ejects this or any player on this team. And the team has no other player to replace him with. That is it. The team will be hit with a forfeit and it will cost them the game and their sponsors $100.00 forfeit fee.

    You ask well why then don't the coach start taking control of these players and shut them up? Well maybe it is because He don't have the experience in running a team and he is just being taken advantage of? Is this fair when we have some new coaches that have never coached a team and are is running a team this season for the first time just to keep the team playing. And really how much can anyone do when you have only nine players showing up? It is sad for the coach to do anything. And it is very selfish of any one player to put his team in jeopardy of forfeiting their sponsors forfiet fee and to take away a game from the rest of the team. It is time for these teams to get together have a team meeting and lay it on the line what players on the team really want to play? And for those that do come to the field just come to play the game and get off of the umpires. This alone will improve the team 75%.

    If something is not done very soon. It is olny a matter of time untill an umpire has his back pushed to the wall and has no other alternative then to eject a player. Then the umpire will be the bad guy and he will be blamed for the team losing their $100.00 forfeit fee. There are some players that have already served a one game suspension the next is a three game suspension. And with summer vacations coming up, and with some players having so littel feelings or interst in the game anymore? How much longer will the season last?

    What team will be the first to forfeit a game in 2004? And could forfeits be the final demise of the Dave Rotan Softball League only time will tell? The odds say yes................





     

    1956 ~ 2004

    THE RE-UNION PAGE
    JUNE 25, 2004


    For the first time in the leagues 49 year history a re-union of the best players that have ever played in the Fishtown/Rotan league was held. Players returned to Hetzells from as far back as 1978. The game the party and the night was a astonishing success. To read the entire story of this incredible get together click






     












      TEAM   WINS   LOSSES   WINNING PERCENTAGE
           
      FREDDY’S FRIENDS   2   0   1.000
      T. NAGEL ROOFING   1   0   1.000
      FISHTOWN TAVERN   1   1   .500
      ANTHONY’S CAFE   1   1   .500
      WARRIORS   0   1   .000
      MURPH’S BAR   0   1   .000
      CHUG A MUG   0   1   .000