I, too, have fond memories of Parichy Stadium and the many nights spent at the games [Parichy’s Bloomer Girls bloomed, then faded, LifeLines, April 4]. I was an official “ball chaser” for the team and my job was to retrieve the foul balls before any fans grabbed them. That way the team would get the ball back and save a few dollars instead of losing them. I had my little red baseball cap, which identified me as being able to roam the entire park, in search of left- and right-batted foul balls. I believe I got 25 cents per game for my efforts.

While living at 901 Maple on the Mohr Coal (later Cement) Company property, my mother washed the ballplayers’ white shirts, which could often be seen hanging on the clothesline in our backyard.

Other events that took place there were the Donkey baseball games with the men’s softball teams. Then the King and his Court, which was Eddie Feigner and his teammates, would play. Eddie pitched and his mates were a catcher, a shortstop and a first baseman. That was all they needed to beat most every nine-man team they played.

On some Saturday nights, we had big-name wrestling matches. I helped setting up the ring and chairs in the infield and saw a lot of well-known wrestlers of the time, such as Farmer Don Marlin, Benito (Bouncing Ball) Gardini, Nature Boy Buddy Rogers, Rudy (Body Slam) Kay, Chief Don Eagle, Lou Theze (world champ), and many others.

Tom Holmes
Oak Park

Tom Holmes is a blogger and freelance writer for Wednesday Journal.

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