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“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.”
MIDLAND, MI – Now the question, do the Jarvis Travelers have enough left in their tank to pull off the coveted three-peat?
They will certainly get their chance after beating the Pennsylvania PA Power 5-1 in the losers bracket final of the ISC World Tournament, Saturday afternoon.
The Travelers (6-1) will meet the undefeated Hill United Chiefs (5-0) in a Saturday night game at Currie Stadium in Midland to decide the championship.
Jarvis scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead.
FLORIDA – I met Craig Brown in the fall of 1973, while we were both freshmen at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State). We were in our early 20s and fastpitch fanatics. Pitching was our passion.
But Craig was much more talented than I.
His left-handed risers, drops and his great change-up far exceeded my much slower “junk pitches” from the right side. Craig went on to become one of the greatest pitchers in Minnesota fastpitch history. I challenge anyone to say he wasn’t.