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A Step Back In Time: Best Field Yet in 1960 ISC World Tournament

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Joe Rodgers was the founder, owner, manager and shortstop of the Long Beach Nitehawks. During his managerial tenure, he led the Nitehawks to seven ISC World Tournament championships. Rodgers also served as an ISC Vice President from 1952 to 1967. He was inducted into the ISC Hall o f Fame in 1970. But Rodgers’ impact was even deeper than that in Long Beach: He was actually the original owner of the land where the Nitehawks softball field (since named Joe Rodgers Stadium) was put together, and he donated it to the city to ensure kids would continue to have the opportunity to play the sport that he loved. Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram Photo, Aug. 27, 1960

(Joe Rodgers’ column appeared Aug. 27, 1960 in the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram on the eve of the ISC World Tournament being held in Long Beach. The Nitehawks’ manager writes about his team, his players and the competition in the 21st ISC World Tournament.)

By JOE RODGERS
Manager, Long Beach Nitehawks
Aug. 27, 1960

LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the ISC World Softball Tournament starting tonight, (sports reporter) Hank Hollingworth graciously offered me the opportunity to write his column and devote it to my favorite sport – fastpitch softball.

And any of my friends know there is very little else I really care about. Softball is a great game and we here in Long Beach see the finest softball in the world.

It seems strange to me that people who have never seen softball say that they don’t like it because the pitchers are too good and there is not enough hitting. These same people I see at the Dodgers’ games saying they enjoy seeing a good pitching duel.

Anyone who has ever seen my Nitehawks first baseman Larry Silvas, outfielder Lucky Humiston or Second baseman Cleo Goyette can never say we win by pitching alone. Those boys swing from the heels like the best baseball players.

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A Step Back In Time: Long Beach Nitehawks Kings of Softball

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

NITEHAWK HEROES: Stars of the Long Beach Nitehawks’ successful assault on the International Softball Congress World Championship were many, but these men provided the standout performances. From left, Jack Randall, who fired two no-hitters and pitched the title-winning victory. Center, Paul Humiston, who paced the power attack with three homers. And right, Leroy Zimmerman, who turned in a no-hitter and a one-hitter. All three were named to the All-World team. Photo Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, Sept. 2, 1958

Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif.
Sept. 2, 1958

By Jerry Erin
Nitehawks Rout Dinuba in Playoff Game, 8-1

LONG BEACH, Calif. – It took them awhile to do it, but the Long Beach Nitehawks came to life in the second game Monday night after suffering a 2-1 loss, and launched a vicious hitting attack to roll over Dinuba (Calif.) Condors, 8-1, and win their fourth straight International Softball Congress World Tournament crown at Park Ave. Field before and overflow crowd.

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