If you happen to drive past Riverside Park on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday morning, you will undoubtedly notice the fields full of softball games. These games are being played by kids but not the kids you’re probably imagining; these are Yesterday’s Kids.
Yesterday’s Kids is a softball league, created for men over the age of 65, in fact, the Tuesday league is specifically designed for men over the age of 75! The league as a whole is comprised of 200 players with the oldest player taking the field at 85 years young! In their 15th season, Doug Pfeffer, league President, is celebrating what has been a wildly successful dream come true. Each year, the league holds a draft where team managers take turns selecting players based on a predetermined rating system. Teams are never the same from year to year and talent is equally shared among the teams.
The league is extremely well organized and run by a group of volunteer commissioners. Once teams are drafted, play begins in May and wraps up in August with a league picnic and awards. For the men who don’t like to take an off season, they offer a fall league as well. Pfeffer stated, “we have players from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, some play 5 days a week and one has even been playing for 10 years with a donated heart!” One can feel the sense of camaraderie and friendly competition in the air during the softball games, true friendships are formed on those early mornings at the ballpark.
Yesterday’s Kids is always looking for new players! You can obtain more information by visiting their website at www.yesterdays-kids.com or by calling Ron Pfeffer at: 513-231-9048.