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Farmington (MN) Men’s Fastpitch Reunion Sunday

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

CASTLE ROCK, Minn. – The Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League flourished for 54 years (1958-2011) in the town of Farmington, along with the popular Bobber Tournament, also held in Farmington that drew teams from Minnesota and neighboring states.

The league and tournament are no more, but the memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who played and were fans, and will be shared in a grand reunion, Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Castle Rock & Roll Bar and Grill in Castle Rock.

  • Be sure to attend and share your memories in what promises to be a great time.
  • Hall of Famer keeps managing the game he loves

    Thursday, April 15th, 2010

    The Eidswold teams of the 1960s. Can you recognize some of the players?
    Contributed Photos

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    “We asked ourselves, ‘Who’s going to pitch?’” I had pitched an inning here and there, so I was it…” – Dick Taylor

    FARMINGTON, MN – Dick Taylor knows this for certain – one less manager means one less team.

    “If a manager walks away the whole team folds because nobody wants to take over,” said Taylor.

    So year after year the 71-year-old Taylor keeps fielding the Raiders fastpitch softball team. His managerial career started in 1968. Not because he wanted to, but because he had to.

    “I got roped into it,” he said with a chuckle.

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    Paul Harrington keeps the Farmington Men’s League running

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

    Older and younger players alike have been playing in the Farmington Men’s League for over 50 years.
    Photos By BOB OTTO / Summer of 2006

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    “…I’ll keep running the league as long as there are teams that want to play.” – Paul Harrington

    FARMINGTON, MINNESOTA – The emergency call went out for a league director and Paul Harrington said, “I’ll do it.”

    Back in 1975 the director of the Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League up and quit in the middle of the season. And if someone didn’t take over, the league would surely fold.

    And Harrington wasn’t about to let that happen. But here’s the catch: He was just 19 years old at the time. Just a year removed from his high school graduation. Now 35 years later, he’s still running the league with no plans to step down.

    After all, the Farmington league has a hallowed history to uphold. It’s been around for over 50 years.

    “It’s one of the older leagues in the state,” said Harrington. “It was the only game in town at one time. There wasn’t any town team baseball or slowpitch.”

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