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St. Joseph, Missouri Still Alive In Men’s Fastpitch

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
John Younger, left, and his Son Brian Younger of St. Joseph, Missouri were at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Il. John Younger, 68, still enjoys playing fastpitch in a league in St. Joseph. Photo By BOB OTTO

John Younger, left, and his Son Brian Younger of St. Joseph, Missouri were at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Il. John Younger, 68, still enjoys playing fastpitch in a league in St. Joseph. Photo By BOB OTTO

ST. JOSEPH, MO – John Younger has played a lot of fastpitch in his 68 years, and he still does. In the St. Joseph League.

Amazingly, the league has been going since 1934, said Younger, and he’s been playing in it since 1955. That’s a long history for Younger and the league he loves playing in.

While fastpitch has died out in many towns and cities, the St. Joseph League continues to survive year after year.

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NAFA ball clubs pulling into Des Moines for start of A-Division World Series

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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Forty of the best NAFA A division teams in North America will battle for the World Series championship, Thursday through Sunday.

DES MOINES & URBANDALE, IOWA – I’ve got my camera lenses all clean and shiny, my Nikon camera batteries all charged, and I’m at the starting line ready for a NAFA umpire to say, “let’s play ball!”

For tomorrow starts the four-day run (Aug. 15-18) of the 40-team, NAFA A World Series at the Greater Des Moines and Walker-Johnston softball complexes in Des Moines and Urbandale.

Why should shooting the A division be any different than the A-Major, AA, or the AA-Major that finished on Sunday, you ask?

In one word, “action.”

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John Younger defines longevity in men’s fastpitch

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

From a left-hander, I never saw a rise ball move away from a right-handed batter like (Ty Stofflet’s). It wasn’t logical, but he could do that. Stofflet didn’t give you good pitches to hit. He was always on the corners…” – John Younger

ST. JOSEPH, MO – A 10-year fastpitch career is nice. It’s solid. Hit the 20 or 30-year mark, exceptional. But 40 years and climbing, now that’s superb.

Enter John Younger of St. Joseph, Missouri. The 64-year-old has been plying his trade on ball diamonds throughout the ‘show me’ state and the U.S. for 42 years.

And he has no plans on quitting.

He shrugs off praise for his longevity since starting his career in 1970, only saying, “I still enjoy it.”

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