Over 30's Play Ball

Once a Game Only for the Boys of Summer, Amateur Baseball Leagues Are Now Filled with Thousands of Men Over 30

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Last year, during a World Series game on his 57th birthday, he played what he says was just about the best game of his life, participating in three double plays as a second baseman and smacking a one-hopper 360 feet off the left-field fence. It was a treasured time that recaptured some of the long-lost joys of his childhood. "On that day," he recalls, "playing on a magic baseball field on a cool evening, I became young after being old. Time had flashed back to the baseball fields of my youth. And here I was, a free spirit, young at heart, physically stronger than ever before."

In an era when the game of baseball has taken some hard knocks at its top levels, old guys playing a boy's game just for the love of it make it easy to believe that summer will never end.

For information about the Men's Senior and Adult Baseball Leagues, check their Website at www.msbl.com, or call or write their offices at 516-753-MSBL, One Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 3 No.7, Melville, New York 11747.

Marc Wortman is a freelance writer based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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