Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1977: The Year of the Pro Slo-Pitch Player

The 70's was a different era. It was a time when a man was a man, and wasn't afraid to flaunt his masculinity.

It was also a time of cockamamie ideas as evidenced by the short-lived and ill-fated American Professional Slo-Pitch League - a startup founded by a gentleman named Bill Bryne that featured a dozen teams, including the manly Pittsburgh Hardhats, Kentucky Bourbons, and perhaps the toughest team of all, the Minnesota Goofy's.

Because I own it, and feel an obligation to share it with loyal HHR readers, I've reached deep into the vault and present you with some excerpts of one of my prized collectables, the 1977 "FIRST ISSUE collector's edition" Pro Softball magazine.

And so, thanks to the wonders of the Internets, the legends of Boom Boom Hutcherson, Candy Man Dillard and Big Dale Palm will live forever, even if the league didn't.

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