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Zane Smith shares memories of the bygone era of military fastpitch softball

Monday, December 14th, 2009

YUCAIPA, Calif. – It took but one game and Zane Smith was forever hooked on fastpitch softball.

In 1962 Smith was a young Navy Corpsman. And the Naval base he was stationed at had a fastpich team with a key position to fill. So Smith raised his hand.

“The manager asked, ‘can anybody catch?’” said Smith. “I said I could. I didn’t know anything about the game and I used a baseball catcher’s mitt.”

Little did Smith know at the time that warming up on the other side of the diamond was one of the all-time great military and civilian pitchers, Buck Brown.

“I was warming our pitcher up and I heard this Pow! Pow!” Smith said. “I turned and looked and it was Buck Brown warming up. He was really bringing it.”

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