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  1. The Abells says:

    All I can say is “GREAT MAN” and still a tough out!

  2. Ross Younger says:

    My Uncle , who I enjoyed playing with for several years. Never a player I would rather see at the plate when a hit was a must…the best and most clutch hitter I ever played with including all my baseball years little league through college. I was always proud to tell others he was my uncle.

  3. Kathy Younger says:

    I am John’s wife and I wanted to thank you Otto for the article you wrote and posted. I have been married to John (46 years) longer then he has played fastpitch. He was a great athlete in a number of sports but his love for fastpitch has carried on and not in just memories he is still on the ball field contributing what he can to keep the sport alive. I believe John as helped young players respect the game. They learn how to play the game and develop the talent needed to be good at it. Fastpitch brought alot into our families life for many many years. Every team John played for included ball players families and alot of fastpitch wife’s and children. We have alot of fastpitch friends so many good people. I naturally have always been proud of John. He takes the game seriously and was a good sport on and off the field. I believe those qualities carried over to our son Brian. Coaching is John’s way of keeping interest in the game and he also does it for the sheer love of the game.

    I absolutely loved the game, it would have been hard not to.

    Thanks again Otto and take care

  4. Bob says:

    Thank you Kathy. I enjoyed talking with John and Brian. Two men of the finest quality and character, I could tell. Take care, and maybe someday we’ll all meet at the ball park.

  5. Sonny Younger says:

    Thanks for the enjoyable article
    about my brother! He has always
    amazed me with the amout of time and energy he has devoted to fastpitch softball. Our family is proud of him in many ways and grateful that we are related to him.

  6. Kevin Busby says:

    RIGHT ON – RIGHT ON – RIGHT ON! Thanks John from from us guys on Julie Fastball!

  7. Bob says:

    You are very welcome Sonny, a pleasure to meet and write about John.

  8. June Brazzell says:

    My dad, Charlie Ridpath played for Walnut Woods in the 1970’s. He pitched. Any photos or articles on him for me? I know he threw some no hitters.

  9. Bob says:

    Sorry June, I don’t have anything photos or articles on your dad. I hope that you can find the material you’re looking for. I’ll do some checking and see if I can dig anything up in old newspaper articles.

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