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High-fives are an after-game tradition.
He played until he was 45, going to the nationals in
1984 with Oak Hall. His son, who was his teammate
for a while, and his grandkids have played softball, as
well, and are/have been well-known athletes.
Hammersley says that in 1987-'88, Salem alone had
14 fast-pitch teams and there are none left today.
"Salem had leagues for a long time," says Hammersley. "My dad played in an industrial league." Those
teams were often populated by former college and proTHEROANOKER.COM
fessional baseball players and some outstanding high
school players. "I see the same thing happening to slowpitch now that happened to fast-pitch with the shrinking numbers."
Minton's wife of 66 years, Peggy, was not a softball
fan and "she didn't go to the games," but his five kids
did. Minton says the game helped him stay in shape and
even today, he looks like he could pitch a few innings.
"I was never seriously injured," he says, "but I did break
Top: Kelly Minton,
86, stands with his
trophies for fast-pitch
Above: Bill Adams has
played for decades.
Above left: Amber
Smith at bat.
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