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USA-bound Cooper Grant’s a chip off the old block

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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“I’ve played softball most of my life and grew up with Dad (fastball pitcher Marty Grant) playing it,” Cooper Grant said.


CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

He’s the son of three-time world champion Black Sox pitcher Marty Grant and in July, 12-year-old Cooper Grant heads to the United States for an international competition.

But not as a softballer, rather as part of the New Zealand under-13 All Stars baseball team to contest the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series in Maryland from July 29 to August 6.

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New Zealand Black Sox victory glow will reflect on Nelson

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

“We’re very lucky in Nelson because we’re very proactive in what we do. Our sport (men’s fast-pitch softball) is reasonably well accepted in our community, which is positive. I don’t think it’ll be forgotten about.” – Derryn French, Chief Executive, Nelson Softball Association

grant.martyHERE TO HELP: Marty Grant says he’s sticking around to help young Nelson players head for the top. Marion Van DIJK / FAIRFAX, NZ

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NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – Some of Nelson’s softball hierarchy were in Auckland at the weekend to witness the Black Sox claim their sixth world championship crown.

For former Black Sox pitcher Marty Grant, who won three world championship rings from five campaigns, it allowed him to relive the glory days of past triumphs.

And for Nelson Softball Association (est. 1962) chief executive Derryn French, it signalled another positive step towards developing and promoting the game throughout the region.

Both were among the elated band of New Zealand supporters who helped to celebrate the 4-1 win over Venezuela in Sunday’s final.

While obviously delighted with the result, Grant said his overriding emotion was one of respect for the coaching staff and for a Black Sox squad that many had written off prior to the tournament.

“I felt respect for the coaches and for the guys who wanted to stick around and be a part of it, especially those guys who have been my team-mates in the past, people like Jarrad [Martin] and Thomas Makea especially, who’d battled to keep themselves in some sort of physical condition and form so that they could be a part of it,” Grant said.

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