Huff-N-Puffers

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   The Huff-N-Puffers play softball at James Day Park in Parma, which is located next to CCC-West on West Pleasant Valley Road between    West 130 and York Road.   Games are played at 9:15 AM and 10:45 AM.   Players must be at least 60 years old during this calendar year.   There are two divisions--a junior division and a senior division.
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To see a video of the Junior division playoff game or read a short article of the game, click here;
http://cleveland.com/parma/index.ssf/2013/09/parma_hosts_huff-n-puffers_sen.html#incart_river
   If you are a member of the Huff-N-Puffers and would like to receive emails about future events (like banquets, steak roasts, or hot dog roasts), information about fellow ballplayers, and reminders of meetings and special events, then send an email to donald654@centurytel.net
Senior Team Members
Junior Team Members
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Senior Team Members
Governing Board Rule Changes for 2014

Both Divisions:
  Managers will decide which players are to have a runner from home plate.
  Only allow a runner from home plate for players who have a physical disability. Do not allow them for runners who are slow.
  Do not set up core players before the draft. Draft all players.

Junior Division:
  The pitching screen must be on the glove side of the pitcher, even with the side of the pitching rubber and three feet (or one stride) in front of the pitching rubber.
  All pinch runners should be the batter who made the last out.
  The batter starts with a one and one count. Foul balls are no longer an automatic out, but count as a strike. A second foul ball would cause the batter to be called out on strikes.
  If the last out runner is the batter, he may be replaced with no out recorded.

Senior Division:
  If a runner is on base at his turn to bat, the runner he replaced is recorded as an out, but the runner does not lose his time at bat.

Photos of Opening Day Ceremony
Our History
By Carl Hendrix
  The league began in 1985 by Frank Yaroshak when he placed in a church bulletin “Wanted Softball Players – minimum age 62 years”. The first meeting was held shortly thereafter in his home. There were six players in attendance at the meeting, including Gene Neale, who is credited with the name Huff-N-Puffers. Gene became the first president. The first league consisted of sixteen players. They began play at Shiloh High School in Parma, Ohio. Prior to playing of the game they were Grorends Keepers. Shovel and rake were as important as bat and ball. They provided their own bases. The second year they had four teams. An article written in the Sun Post, a local newspaper, about the “dedication and spirited playing” resulted in additional players. There were articles written in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by sports columnist Russell Schneider (a player) which enhanced the league. The following year the league grew to six teams, then eight team, and so on. In the first year, hats and shirts were donated by Caesar’s Pizza. Today, 2014, the league consist of nine senior teams and six junior teams averaging sixteen players per team.
  The name Huff-N-Puffer was originated by Gene Neale, who wrote “We are called the Huff-N-Puffers not because we are winded running to first base, but because of the children’s book The Little Engine That Could. The little engine had to cross the mountain to deliver food and medical supplies to the ill and hungry. As the little engine huffed and puffed over the mountain, it kept repeating, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. And so I did.’ We are in some way like the little engine. For we keep reminding ourselves ‘We can do it. We can do it. We can do it’. We huffed and puffed when we first started playing. However we know the exercise has benefitted many a heart and stroke patient. Father Time has laid down his scythe and taken up bat, ball and glove.” As the years have rolled by, softball heaven purchased the contracts of most of our original members. We today remember and thank them for their foresight and dedication in forming the league that so many of use enjoy today. 
  We have a number of players who have competed in semi and pro sports. Though a fun league it was not long before we competed in qualifying tournaments. We competed in the first world series of senior softball. We have played in tournaments in Arizona, Florida, plus many other tournaments. We also play exhibition games. Our popularity continues to increase. We have players from 35 cities and communities. We are sponsors of little league teams in the Cleveland, Ohio vicinity. The Red, White and Blue has marched many Memorial Day parades, as many as 30 players.
  During the season we have a hot dog roast, a picnic and a steak roast. In October, each year we have a softball banquet to recognize the senior champion and the junior champion. The winning teams are presented jackets for each player (purchased by the league). The team sponsor is presented a trophy for their support. The event usually hosts approximately 150 attendees. At the banquet we recognize “The Man of the Year” with a plaque for donating his time and effort to the betterment of the league and the health and happiness of the players. We assemble to play the great American pastime sport for the enjoyment. This is the game we recollect from our youth. We entertain the competitive spirit of victory. However this is not paramount. At the conclusion of the game we travel our particular path of life having known the joy of playing and fellowshipping with our friends and acquaintances.
  Thank you, Frank Yaroshak and the founding members-- as well as Russell Schneider for his articles.

Player Profile
     I am George Cox.  I am 91 years of age and have played in the Huff-N-Puffers for 28 years.  I was married for 50 years to my late wife Katherine.  I graduated from South High School in Cleveland and served in the Armed Forces for three years.  While in the service, I boxed for my company and won 7 out of 10 bouts.  I had a opportunity to play for the Philadelphia Phillies Farm organization.  I played hardball, fast pitch softball and slow pitch softball.  I managed and played on a team in the Cleveland Plain Dealer League.  I have enjoyed every moment. 
To see the 2014 Channel 19 video "The Boys of Summer", click here
Huff-N-Puffer Meeting Dates:
(First Thursday of the month)
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Meetings are held at the Old Library
in the Parma Recreation Department
(7335 Ridge Road, North of Pleasant Valley on the East side of Ridge).
The meeting are at 10 AM.
Attention All Softball Nuts;  Winter Ball will start on Thursday Jan. 8th at the same place as last year. Brunswick B.A.T. cage. 1255 North Carpenter Rd.  Intersection of Rt. 71 and 303, behind Kmart's. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Start at Noon. till 3:00 or later. Ten dollars ($10) per player. Park at the west end of building lower level.  Pick up games will be single wall bats and the JUGS restricted flight ball. Batting practice will be regular 375/44 core ball and bat of your choice.  We may have to all chip in for a couple of single wall bats.. (very inexpensive) and some new JUGS balls. Will See. This offer is open at all softball players.  Any questions you may contact Jerry Schieve at 330-220-3341 or myself Don Lange at 440-840-4417 cell 440-842-3568 H.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas... Take care of all your injury's during the off season.
The Junior Teams will be drawn on the second
Thursday of March (March 12, 2015)
The Senior Teams will be drawn on the third
Thursday of March (March 19, 2015)
    The meetings are held at the old library (which is now the Parks and Recreation Departments Building at 7335 Ridge Road (between Day Drive and Pleasant Valley Road).