Skip Yost, 72, is out at first with a game-winning catch from Peter Golenbock, 76, in February at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg. Golenbock has been playing in the league since 1995 and holds the club record for most at-bats with a number of 5672. He has lived in St. Petersburg since 1989. “It was 75 or 78 degrees on October 31st and I thought to myself, why in the world would I want to live in Connecticut, when I can live here?” Golenbock is a well-known author of several bestselling baseball books including "The Bronx Zoo" and "Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964." [ ARIELLE BADER | Special to the Times ]
The St. Petersburg Half Century Softball Club for players ages 49 to 75 is going strong, and so are the players.
Arielle Bader, Special to the Times
Published May 26
For six months of the year, three days a week, groups of men, ages 49 to 75, meet at North Shore Park to play games. It’s modified fast-pitch softball through the St. Petersburg Half Century Club at North Shore Park.
“70 is the new 50,” said Peter Beauregard, 72. “I just figured [if] I can still do this at my age, I’m lucky as hell. That’s the key, how lucky we are all to still be out here.”
Some have played most of their lives, for fun or in school, or coached softball or baseball. All share a love for competition.
Games are lively with energetic players laughing and cheering, some heated disagreements over plays. It’s all part of the game.
Players say they enjoy the warm weather, exercise and community. Many discovered the club as snowbirds escaping Northern winters and now live in the area full time.
“You become like a family after a while and it’s hard to give that up,” said Peter Golenbock, 76.
The club recently completed its 89th season and the team is always looking for new players. Visit stpetehalfcentury.com to learn more or check out a game any Monday, Wednesday or Friday during the season.
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