A Common Thread. The nice part of writing biographies is that you don’t have to make anything up. It is nonfiction and, as they say, “What you see is what you get.”
After writing over 115 “true stories” about you guys, and we like to think of ourselves as the “Senior Softball family,” we came to a very satisfying realization.
We are descendants of a solid string of mentors and role models that have handed us high morals and a passionate will to impart those values and traditions to our families so that the love for each other can continue down through the generations.
We represent the “silent majority” of Americans who take care of each other, feel the pain of our fellow man and encourage each other through action and deeds of human kindness.
We all share a love of sports. Hard-working backgrounds, humble beginnings, and an inbred sense of nurturing our offsprings. A passionate plea for world peace and the strong desire to enrich not only our own lives, but those of our families and people that are around us.
We come from all walks of life, all types of backgrounds, a melting pot of different nationalities and from many different cities, both big and small. But the common thread that we have seen among you amazing men is the sense of decency for each other and an overwhelming love of family. We are strong competitors on the playing field, but we share a strong bond of friendship when the games are done and gloves come off.
The headlines get the attention, but the lives that are led every day build the true foundation.
A Common Thread is the lead in to the book, “Still in the Game,” about the Marco Senior Softball League players.
The book describes the 10-year history of the league and the inner workings of its commissioner, board of directors, umpires, the broadcast and scorer’s booth and several interesting tidbits of the two divisions in the league.
However, core of the book revolves around the individual biographies, or condensed versions of the lives of almost 120 senior players on the island. These men range in age from 55 years old to 86 years young, who are still active, athletic and Still in the Game.
This book was created by Kendra Brady, a semi-retired former school teacher of 32 years in the Indiana area and her friend Dom Fiorda, who was one of the founders of the program 12 years ago. Dom is 80 years old and still a very active player in the Island Division, while there is also the Marco Division.
The publication will be available for purchase by the players at their annual dinner dance on Feb. 26 and the following week at the games. The book was printed locally by the Print Shop on Elkcam Circle.