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Posted by Jim Farrell on Saturday, July 23rd 2022:

Do any of you remember Clincher softballs? They were the go to softball for playing games on cement. They were really tough and lasted a long time. I can recall our team chipping in to get one before we had a game with a team from another neighborhood. The box of the ball had a cardboard scoreboard that you could use to mark the score. If you hit a home run and it went on a roof and didn’t come down, you were called out because the ball was lost.
This was in the early sixties and we played our home games in Holy Cross schoolyard on Church Ave. We had some unusual ground rules/conditions. If you hit a ball over the right field fence it was a single (very short.)
There was a handball court behind the left side of the infield with a building in foul territory. If you hit a sharp line drive that hit the handball court, an infielder could get the carom and throw you out at 1st base. As a left fielder if a fly ball went over the hand ball court that required a throw to 3rd or home, you had to make sure you threw it in the small gap between the handball court and the building’s wall. More than once I had to retrieve the rebound from the wall and try it again.
Having played on cement I became adept at sliding without getting hurt.
They were great times and I have many fond memories.

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