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August 25, 1989 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-25

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I SPORTS I

Getting a
Seat at the
Bar

Softball

Continued from preceding page

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hurts' and I don't understand
that.
"I just don't act my age. I
enjoy life — life is beautiful."
If the 5-foot-7, 170-pound
Michlin is the exception to
the rule of "Sunday you play,
Monday you pay," his 6-foot-2,
240-pound friend Melton
isn't.
Melton, a former Wayne
State football player who also
plays in as well as directs
B'nai B'rith's volleyball and
basketball leagues, says his
secretary has only to look at
him on Monday morning to
know what happened on
Sunday.
"Had a good game, huh?"
she asks as he limps through
the office door, grinning.
"After two good, com-
petitive games, I'll, feel it the
next day," admits Melton.
"I'll feel it the next two days.
But then it's gone and I'm
eager to play again?'
lbacher Pete Miller, 44, of
Windsor, too, has learned to
live with the discomfort. Fern
Miller says her husband "gets
sore but he's not a complainer.
He works out with weights
and if he hurts, he keeps it to
himself?'
Dave Abraham, 39, a Wind-
sor C.P.A. who's been playing
softball 20 years, says, "I'm
usually shot the rest of the
day" after a B'nai B'rith
doubleheader. With age, he
says, "It's tougher to get down
there for ground balls and it's
a lot easier to pull muscles."
Scene IV: Back at Warner
the same morning. Softball as
a family affair:

Attorney Al Gurvitz, 47,
says he's been bringing his
son, Eric, now 20, to "The
Commish's" softball games
"since he was a baby?' Eric
has gone from playing catch
and watching from the
baselines to becoming a
regular player. "If it wasn't
fun, I wouldn't be getting up
early on Sunday mornings to
go," says the University of
Michigan senior.

Osteopath Albert Blaize,
61, who's been playing soft-
ball 20 years, says his son,
Jerry, now 25, "never cared
for ballgames until about two
or three years ago. Now he's
become a halfway decent
ballplayer in some areas."
Harold Goodman, 61, found
he had a softball-playing
daughter. Edie Arbit, now 26,
liked the game a lot better
than did brother Irwin. Dad
coached daughter's teenage
team and today, daughter
joins Dad and the rest of The
Commish's gang on Sundays.
"She has a good arm, and she
hits good. The other players
ask where she is if she doesn't
come out on Sundays," says
her pop.
Scene V: The final curtain
— or is it?
Melton says his wife
wonders each year "if I'm go-
ing to play again — and why.
She's been a baseball widow
17 years:' Harold Goodman
says, "We're gonna play until
we can't walk."
The Commissioner and The
Commish seem to be nodding
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1989

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Oak Park City's Freedman, Bronstein and Bogorad.

'Ladies Day' On Tuesdays

When the umpire hollers,
"Play ball!" on Tuesday mor-
nings during the summer in
Oak Park, Alyce Freedman,
Esther Bogorad and Madeline
Bronstein are ready.
The three are members of
the Oak Park City Tham in
the Oak Park Senior Citizens
League, a mixed league that
their team has dominated of
late.

"For four years, we were
undefeated. One year, we lost
only two games?' said second
baseman Freedman, 62. This
year's team lost three games
out of seven prior to last Tues-
day's finale. "We lost two of
the guys — they passed away.
So we do the best we can. We _
go out there and have a good
time. Nothing lasts forever."
Freedman, grandmother to

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