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Remembering softball’s glory days in St. Joseph

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

ST. JOSEPH, MO – Nice summer and fall evenings stir up memories for many St. Joseph residents of the days when fastpitch softball was king in the city.

On summer evenings during its heyday from the 1950s through the 1980s, places like Walnut Park and Drake Field were packed with fans locally and from abroad.

They came out to see their local fastpitch stars: Tim Reynolds, Herb “Rumpy” Lucas, Charlie Pusateri, Gilbert “Jeep” Kirby and Bill McKinney.

Teams were sponsored by businesses like the Morris Plan, Polsky Motors and Walnut Products.

Ed Christgen remembered when his father, Ken, got the whole family involved in the sport. It was in 1966 when car dealer David Polsky asked his father to sponsor a team.

“We started then with just one team, and by the early ’70s our family or our company was sponsoring seven teams,” Christgen said.

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