ISC - Diamond Dirt - Musings for Tuesday August 18

August 18, 2009

Moline, IL


By John Thompson
At the ISC Hall of Fame breakfast on Sunday, Marley Lloyd presented a poster to infielder Dan Nessler, a class of 2009 inductee, depicting the personable Mankato, MN native “toeing the rubber” in a game featuring Happy Chef Alumni. Lloyd stated that “We didn’t want Dan to feel out of place with those other pitcher-inductees - the pair of Mikes – Piechnik and White.”
“I keep my eyes open and I hit ‘em where they ain’t” – Wee Willie Keeler
“I’d take Darren Zack for a season….. but Mike Piechnik for a single game anytime.” Conrad Margolis, at the Hall of Frame breakfast induction of Class of 2009 member southpaw Mike Piechnik
Mark Sorenson’s well-turned phrase said to the well-travelled Michael White, who suited up for so many fine softball teams – “You’ve got more clubs than Jack Nicklaus.”
“If you’re not having fun in baseball, you miss the point of everything.” – Chris Chambliss
ISC 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Bob Wills, at the HoF breakfast – “I knew I was in the old-timers category when I noticed the Hall of Fame printed program, and I was the only one with a black and white photo.”
“Baseball ought never to be hurried. It is the only unhurried institution we have left, which is one reason, I think we love it.” - James Kilpatrick.
Bob “Bongo” Baird – esteemed long-term trainer of so many softball teams at all levels including Team Canada, as well as hockey teams, and acknowledged recipient of 19 various championship medals. The softball community extends its thoughts and prayers to you, as a friend to so many, in combating the dreaded cancer.

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