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Bill Curtis
Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 5:23 pm:   

I lived in the corridor from about 1966 until 1995, first in the building across from the Forest Arms (it's now law offices), then in the
Forest Arms, and for about 25 years, at 459 Prentis. Along with Steve Towell and Dave Barton, both of whom still live in the corridor, Steve in Roger Bailey's old house. Roger was a charter member of the Bombers also.

The Bombers were sponsered, of course, by George Jordan, owner of the Bronx Bar. Other people I remember playing with were John Giese, who passed away a couple of years ago, Frank King, Steve Garbarzek (sp?) and his brother (can't recall his name), John Joyce and Pete Quant, who split and were part of the Truckers team eventually. (I think the whole name was the Mother Truckers).

I remember some players by nickname only, including Van the Man, Monkey, Freddie the Groundskeeper, Huey, Dewey and Louie (only Dewey is a real name and they were brothers), and Alcove Lou. Alcove Lou got his nickname when several of the Bombers ended up on the Alcove Lounge team after George Jordan refused the sponser us any longer because we didn't buy enough beer after our Sunday games. Lou wore off the "nge" from "Lounge" on his team shirt and was called "Alcove Lou" from then on.

I think the season after George cut us off, we sponsered ourselves and were called the Perennials, a name chose by Steve Towell, our longtime player/manager, because we showed up every spring.

Thru the years I played for several other bars, including the Circa and the Third Street Saloon,
and possibly the Song Shop and others.

I do not have a computer, but you can reach me by using the e-mail address This is Ann MacDonald's address. Ann was married to Paul Schwarz, a prominent Cass Corridor artist who passed away several years ago. Ann and her son Eli now live in Marine City. She will pass on any correspondence to me.
Charley LaCombe
Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 3:56 pm:   

In the mid-70s, I put together a softball team from the WSU Bookstore. It was an informal team, composed of whichever people from the bookstore were available to play on the chosen day. We played other university departments, mostly the mail room and the chemistry department. I remember Bob Fryar as being the contact at the mail room.

I also played on the university union league (UAW Local 2071, also called the Staff Association) on the middle campus team. I managed the team in the summer of 1986, and we beat north campus for the championship. (There were only 4 teams). This was a very gratifying win for me, because it occurred just before I left the university, and unbeknownst to me at the time, it was just about the last time I was to play organized softball.

Larry Moore
Posted on Sunday, December 05, 2004 - 4:57 pm:   

Hey Bill...I remember you. I also played on those teams with you Steve, John Giese, Indian John, I played left field for many years through the 1980 season. After that I move to San Francisco where I've lived for the past 24 years. I've visited Steve Towell from time to time and occasionally stop in the 3rd Street Tavern but with the exception of Lowell, I haven't run into anybody from back then. It was nice to see somebody else from that team post on this board. I'll check back from time to time to see if anybody else post. I can be reached at

Stephen Goodfellow
Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2004 - 11:59 am:   

Just in case posters have forgotten where the baseball picture is, it's here: 977.htm
George Hunter
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 11:54 am:   

Around 1974-75, I was a member of the Cass Cougars, a kids' team that was sponsored by Food Castle and Sam Pacchini's statue place.

We had an informal league made up of teams in and around the Corridor: There were the Brainard Braves and the Couzens Crusaders, to name a few. There were other teams, but their names escape me.

One of the coaches held a car wash to raise funds for equipment -- and then split with all the money!

Anyone remember that league?

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