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2017 Erie Codger League Picture

by Kim Martin Sprickman

I want to also give Dave Work and his company "Championship Awards: a big shout out for doing a great job on our NEW SHIRTS (he only had a few days to get them in and printed as we could not get all of the shirt sizes and #s from all the guys in a timely manner:(  You Guys all looked good in them!!!

By the way, we now have a total of 80 Guys (50 - 85 years old in this years league)

I also want to thank Nina for coming and singing the National Anthem for us :)

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On the last line here you will find either a (blue or black - https:/ facebook link below to see  additional pictures taken by Kim at opening night!

Once the pics come up you can just click on the arrow that should pop up on the middle of the pics. just click on the arrow.  There are 16 pics here.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10159139969130307&set=a.10159139968205307.1073741901.624425306&type=3

 

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Alumni Night at Field 11, We wanted to see how many Alumni would come through the cornstalks to get their free beer, (Moon) popcorn and peanuts!!!

Jim Witch (Alumni) with Tom Towel (The Naturals)

Dick Walsh and on of his friends

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A BIG THANKS  FOR OUR NEW BANNER HANGING AT 11TH AND HESS FOR 2017 FROM ERIE BEER  AND KEVIN MCCORMICK !!!

 

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THIS SCHEDULE UPDATED 9/18/2017

THANKS RANDY DESANTO 

 

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Dicey (Jim Hoydic) Obit from the past for all the Codgers that remember him...

James J. "Dicey" Hoydic, age 76, died at home peacefully following a courageous fight with kidney cancer. He was born in Erie on May 1, 1937 son of the late Joseph "Dicey" Hoydic and Wanda (Szymanowski) Hoydic. He is survived by his loving wife, Grace, a son, Clifton James Hoydic, daughter in law, Judy, and his grandson Corey James Hoydic, his pride and joy. He is further survived by his sister, Doris Langer and a brother, Jerry Hoydic. He enjoyed many days in the company of ...his faithful friend, Sam the German Shepherd dos who was with him until the end. He enjoyed many boys weekends at camp with Cliff, Corey and Sam. Mr. Hoydic was a veteran of the United States Air Force and the United States Army. He retired from the Army Reserve with 26 years military service. Sgt. Hoydic was an EMT in the Air Force and a Mess Sgt. In the Army. Mr. Hoydic had jobs at Sears in management and Singer Company. He retired from the U.S. Postal Services, where he started as a mail carrier, went into maintenance as a Craft Director and Steward for 15 years for the APWU. He was a member of the Siebenberger Club for 20 years. Jim made Cursillo in April of 2000, #168. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He also enjoyed all his friends at the Nautilus Fitness Club as a member since 1998. "Dicey" was an avid softball and baseball player for over 62 years. In Kansas, he played semi-pro for the Salina Blue Jays, and had the distinction of playing with the "Great Satchel Paige" for 2 years. He was one of the original "Carpetowne Players" and played for many of the best teams around as a pitcher and 3rd baseman. His favorite team of all was the Erie Codgers Softball Team. He played alongside his best friend of 45 years, Bruce Baumann and all the other old timers. He was also the voice of "Dicey's picks" on WDVE radio- Randy Baumann's morning show in Pittsburgh where he gave his 3 best pro picks of the week. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Boise State broncos fan. He loved watching College Football on Saturdays and Pro Football on Sundays with his son Cliff in "The garage". He loved betting Pro football and playing poker with Joe D and the boys. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Anthony Letizio and Dr. Brian Lang for going above and beyond during these trying times. Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and are 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. MikeDeMartinis officiating. All Codgers and Browns fans please feel free to come in uniform. Burial in Erie County Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation 130 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16501 or to the family. Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com Sign the Guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituari…/erietimesnews/obituary.aspx…

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Here is the short story of MO Berg

 

 

 

 

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. 
 
In fact Casey Stengel once said: "That is the strangest man ever to play baseball." 
 
When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with "the team".
 
  
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth
 
The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States spy, working undercover with the CIA. Moe spoke 15 languages - including Japanese. And he had two loves: baseball and spying. In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital.
 
He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc. Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo. 
 
 
Moe Berg
 
His father disapproved of his baseball career and never once watched his son play. In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers every day.
 
He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton - having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.
 
While playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.
 
  
Tito's partisans
 
During World War II, Moe was parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there. 
He reported back that Marshall Tito's forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support forthe Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic's Serbians.
The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year.
Berg penetrated German-held Norway, met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy-water plant - part of theNazis' effort to build an atomic bomb.
 
His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy that plant.
 
 
The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.
 
There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb. 
 
If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war. Berg (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb. Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student. 
 
The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.
If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill. Moe,sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speechand walked him back to his hotel.
 
 
Werner Heisenberg - he blocked the Nazis from acquiring an atomic bomb.
 
 
Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb. Roosevelt responded: "Give my regards to the catcher."
Most of Germany's leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States. 
 
After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom - America's highest honor for a civilian in wartime. 
 
But Berg refused to accept it, because he couldn't tell people about his exploits.
After his death, his sister accepted the Medal. It now hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown.
 

Presidential Medal of Freedom: the highest award given to civilians during wartime.
 
Moe Berg's baseball card is the only card on display at the CIA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

 

 If anyone would want to read the entire book, look up Bart Neckers on the Warriors

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Here is a TY from Jim Camp for the Alzheimer's donations from the Erie Codgers!!!

 

 

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HERE ARE SOME MISC. PHOTO'S FROM THE 2016 GREY CUP TOUNAMENT

 

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HERE ARE A COUPLE OF PICS OF MANY THAT ACTUALLY CAME OUT WHEN TAKEN AT THE FULTON CLUB.  THERE WERE SOME HOT AND HEAVY CORNHOLE TOUNAMENTS GOING ON!!!!

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THIS IS A BOOK WORTH READING TO HELP YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS AND LEARN ABOUT THIS ISSUE!!!

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This is one of the fastest ways to put up the 2016 rules that I have been trying to get out from our 1st board meeting and some of my conversation with those who have been willing to help to update our rules for 2016.  I hope everyone in our league gets to read them.  If you just want to know what the changes are, just go to page 8 for the Amended Changes.  Click Here  to see the 2016 Codger Rules 8-30-16. 

 

You will get a tab at the bottom of the page.  Just click on open to see the rules.

 

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HEY ERIE CODGER GUYS,  FROM NOW ON MY CAR IS NOT GOING TO BE THE LOST AND FOUND.  IF ANYONE SEES SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN LEFT AT A FIELD PLEASE PICK IT UP AND BRING IT DOWN TO THE BEER BOX SO YOU CAN LOOK FOR IT THERE!!!  RANDY MARTIN

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2017 Codger Board + our team Mgrs.

Let to Right

Dick Walsh - Treasurer, Randy Martin - Commissioner, Jerry Banko - Codger Gear/Apparel,

Bruce Baumann - Co Commissioner/Field Mgr., George Kolovoski - Safety Mgr.

Paul Hakel - Warriors,   TBD Zekes Zombies, Dan Shade - Boys of Summer and Ed Krause - The Naturals

 

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Softball Players Prayer from Carl Antonucci

Lord, give me the strength to hit the ball

and if I do don't let me fall.

Help me to pick the pitch that's right.

Then let me knock it out of sight.

Then let me run with deer-like grace.

Don't let me miss the tag at first base. 

Then on to second, stay with me, Lord

cause this one out, we can't afford.

Then let me zoom like a flying bird

right down the line and on to third.

Then let me run across our 2nd home plate

in the swishing dust.

BUT FIRST OF ALL, DEAR LORD.  I PRAY JUST TELL THE COACH TO LET ME PLAY!

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The guy in the mirror is what an Erie Codger looks like before stepping on the ball field...

 

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Questions on this site Contact Randy Martin at rjm5@roadrunner.com or at 814-898-1929

I also Post our news info on the Erie Codgers Facebook page

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELONG TO FACEBOOK TO ACCESS THE ERIE CODGER FACEBOOK PAGE.  CLICK THE BUTTON TO THE LEFT.  THIS MAY BE AN NEW WAY FOR YOU TO COMMUNICATE AND TO HAVE SOME FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT. YOU CAN POST STUFF ON IT AS WELL AS TO VIEW VIDEO CLIPS AND PICTURES. IN ADDITION TO OTHER THINGS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO SHARE.  YOU SHOULD POKE AROUND ON IT AND BECOME A FRIEND TO US. I AM NOW ONLY PUTTING JOKES ON OUR FB PAGE AND WILL NOT PUT ANYMORE ON THE COMEDY CENTRAL!!!

I JUST PUT UP PICTURES ON THIS FB SITE FOR ALL TO LOOK AT.  THERE ARE 2 DIFFERENT POSTS, SO YOU WILL NEED TO SCROL DOWN TO SEE THEM.  TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER STUFF ON OUR FB.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ERIE CODGERS!!!

 

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