At 67, Bay Roberts softball player still enjoys playing the game
Dennis Brown really enjoys a game of softball.
It is an enjoyment that keeps the 67-year-old Bay Roberts resident beating over the Trans Canada Highway into St. John’s two nights a week for a game of ball in the St. John’s Masters League.
About three years ago, Brown started playing in the city league because of a dearth of 40-plus leagues in the Conception Bay North region.
“I heard on the radio about this league and decided to play,” he said.
Brown sent in his registration and was assigned to a team.
He has been playing in the league ever since. He currently toils with Pops Convenience.
Despite standing on the cusp of age 70, Brown said he is in the middle of ages for the league.
“I’m not the youngest and I’m not the oldest player in the league,” he said.
At the same time he was looking for a game in the St. John’s league, he was approached about serving, as the contact person for what would have been a 40-plus league in Bay Roberts.
Brown said he was interested but it never got off the ground.
“For some reason, some people gave up,” he said.
As it stands now, he is the only player from outside St. John’s making the drive in.
“I drive in two nights a week, on Monday and Wednesday,” said Brown. “We have a house in St. John’s and when it is raining or it’s foggy I just stay there.
“It’s nice to get involved and I don’t mind the driving.”
He also spends the occasional night there if his team has the late game.
It’s a social thing
The St. John’s Masters League features an interesting cast of characters of lawyers, doctors and businessmen playing on Bill Rahal Ball Park behind Elizabeth Towers on Elizabeth Avenue.
The opportunity to interact with these characters is an important part of playing for Brown.
“I enjoy the social aspect of it,” he said. “We have our own clubhouse and its really nice.”
To go along with the player interaction that Brown enjoys is the physical aspect.
He does not expect to slow down any time soon, although he has switched positions from third base to second base because “the throw is a bit harder.”
“I’ll play as long as I can,” said Brown. “I feel like I’m 25. It’s a great bit of fun and exercise.”
Nothing around the bay
Brown still holds out hope that a master’s league will find its way back to the fields in CBN.
He used to play both fast pitch and slo pitch in Bay Roberts.
He sees signs of the game making its way back with a 19- and- over league and a women’s league in full swing.
“I see signs of it coming back, but the league now is not conducive to me playing in it,” said Brown. Nationals bound This past weekend, Brown was making the trip to Moncton, New Brunswick for the 60 plus Slo Pitch Nationals, Aug. 2-6.
It will be his first nationals experience.
“They just asked me if I wanted to play and I said yes,” said Brown. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Dennis Brown has been travelling into St. John’s for the past three summers for a game of ball.