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Irvin “Red” Meairs Dedicated Long Beach Nitehawks Man

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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The fabled Long Beach, Calif. Nitehawks won 10 International Softball Congress World Tournaments during their long run in men’s Major Division fastpitch softball. Photo illustration By BOB OTTO

“All I want of a ball club is a lot of hustle, keep the ball moving someplace, and most of all a desire to win,” said Irvin “Red” Meairs in the Nitehawks 1979 official program. “If a club has these qualities, they will win many games.”

By BOB OTTO
Originally published Sept. 24, 2001

LONG BEACH, CALIF – His devotion is legendary. His commitment 100 percent. So claim his former players and friends who know him best.

Drop the name “Red” or “Nitehawks” in Long Beach, California, and fastpitch softball old timers have instant recall. However, mention one name without the other, and those knowledgeable old timers will likely scold such rudeness.

In a career that spanned over 30 years, Irvin “Red” Meairs and the Long Beach Nitehawks men’s fastpitch softball team were linked as one. Their marriage never faltering right up until the team folded in 1988.

Devotion. Red’s strongest attribute, say Nitehawks players.

“This was his team, his players, his family,” said Bob Todd, a 15-year Nitehawks pitcher. “If you played for the Nitehawks you where part of Red and Connie’s family. Red’s devotion and love of the game and for the Nitehawk players was beyond that of anyone I ever knew.”

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