Tag: Softball Player Profile

Softball Player Profile: Tom Koshar

Larry Wolfe This article could have been entitled “Tales of the Hollywood Shoe Shine Boy,” because Tom Koshar could fill a book with stories about his teenage days as “shoe shine boy to the stars.” He worked on the set of various TV programs at Allied Artists, Columbia Pictures, and Paramount, among others, and shined…

Softball player profile:  Tom Bersano

Larry Wolfe “If the game involved a ball, I could play it,” says Tom Bersano. “My whole life has been devoted to sports and competition.” From his high school days in Lockport, Illinois, where he was a three-sport star at Lockport High, to today, Tom has been a “sports nut.” Although he was born in…

Softball player profile: Wayne Newman

Larry Wolfe Wayne Newman (no, not Wayne Newton!) is a native of the “Show Me State;” he was born in Trenton, Missouri, and graduated from Chillicothe (MO) High. (Both towns are located in northwest Missouri not far from the Iowa/Missouri state line.) Soon after graduating, he went to work for the Rock Island Railroad, but…

Softball Player Profile: Kelly Anderson

Larry Wolfe A true Arizona native, Kelly Anderson was born and raised in nearby Maricopa. He graduated from Maricopa High where he was on the baseball, basketball, football and track teams. He was an All-Conference quarterback for the Rams and also excelled in the classroom, earning Salutatorian honors. He then graduated from the University of…

Softball Player Profile: Paul Eskridge

Larry Wolfe Like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Paul Eskridge hails from the south side of Chicago, but he’s not “meaner than a junk yard dog.” Actually, he’s a really nice guy! Several months after graduating from Thornridge High in Dolton, Illinois, Paul flew from Chicago to Los Angeles on a cold, gray and blustery day…

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Tom Schneider Larry Wolfe A Bay Area native, Tom Schneider was born in San Jose and grew up in the Santa Cruz area where he was a star athlete at Soquel High. (I guess he knows the way from San Jose!) Tom played football, basketball and baseball for the Knights and was All-League in baseball…

Softball Player Profile:  Bob Wicks

Larry Wolfe A graduate of Royal Oak High School in Covina, California, Bob Wicks was a star wide receiver for the Romans, earning an athletic scholarship to Utah State. Bob was a three-year letterman for the Aggies, hauling in 124 passes and scoring 10 TDs in his collegiate career. His 58 receptions in his senior…

Softball player profile: Frank Rouse

Larry Wolfe A “farm boy” from Dickens, Iowa, Frank Rouse graduated from nearby Terril High where he was a member of the Tigers’ baseball, basketball and track teams. He was also in the school band and chorus. Guys down at the field might be surprised to learn that Frank was a distance runner rather than…

Softball Player Profile: Paul Gayer

Larry Wolfe A lankier version of Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams, Paul Gayer has that same sweet swing that connects for both average and power. In his rookie debut in our Sun Division last year, Paul finished third in average (.737), had a 1.069 slugging percentage (a measure of both average and extra-base power) and smashed 17…

Softball player profile:  Kurt Carmichael

Larry Wolfe Now that Jonathan Goldsmith, the bearded, debonair, “most interesting man in the world” who touted Dos Equis beer has retired, a suitable replacement might be our own Kurt Carmichael. Talk about interesting… Kurt’s real-life exploits would fit right into those commercials that featured daring and unusual feats by that other “most interesting man.”…