The officials call the manager in the office and they tell the manager what each person batted as they have official scorekeepers. I knew I got a lot of hits (and 50+, its not like the fielders are going to dive for balls, so you hit a line drive or ground ball in the 5-6 hole all day. Anyway, Hick was second in average with .765, but not only did he score all his runs, he ran for somebody every single inning, scored from first a ton of times and also played LF all weekend. It was an incredible display of athleticism. I sat next to Bill Pezzotti and we watched everything (he EH's also). Johnny made it so easy for e to hit, he would lead off every time and he doesn't get singles, he runs right to second, which made able to just swing away without worrying about hitting to 3B or SS for each DP if he stayed at first. At the awards thing, they gave the all American plaques out or a piece of paper as they mailed the plague or whatever, jeez, my brain is fried. Anyway, They gave five of us AA Awards .. me and Hick got one and then they gave Off MVP or leading hitter and when I went up to get mine thing, they asked if I was acceptingfor the guy that won, because I looked like I just walked out of a laundrymat, nice and clean. it was funny. then the overall MVP too Hickaman who was completely covered in sand, dirt, blood and sweat, could barely move, but without him, we do not win. he is now playing 55+ and still one of the best. A little goofy, but that's why we hit it off when we met 20 years ago, cuz I know I am out there also, LOL.
Just wanted to give you a Hickman update, YES, he can still run - maybe not like he used to, but faster then probably 99% of most senior players. Hope all is well with you Mike - Steve D.
PS- And I think Pezzotti missed the HR Award by one, that sob can still hit bombs. lot of Delco guys on those TNT teams that won a few states, Nationals and worlds in those couple years we were together. Scott Downs, tremendous Shortstop, one of the best Still. Kenny Capelli, still a hustling maniac who gives 300% on every play and may have more power then Pezzotti now (I hope Billy doesn't read this). Joey Bonavita from the old Ridley League played, he was a character and a half, loved that guy.
That team has since disbanded and Capelli, Pezzotti and Downs are with a team from Pittsburgh. Modi is with them also, they have a great team. TNT reformed with mostly Norristown area guys (Roger, Tony Carfagno, Dick Moody, myself and some others with some York guys, and a couple Delco guys. Billy Leighton and the amazing Howard Teitlebaum who can flat out hit ... those beady little eyes scan the field and he just throws it out there where nobody is at. I see Jose all over the place, he's 65 and still a hitting machine and still the nicest guy on the planet too.
These senior people are crazy, they want to use the hottest bats, the hardest balls and do not care if somebody gets killed ... I guess they figure, they are already on borrowed time at that age. The 75-80+ guys are the best, their games are at like 7 AM because they all wake up at 4:30 AM, they play until early afternoon so they can go back to the motel, take a shower and go to dinner at 4 and then be in bad at 8. pretty funny, but you see them shuffling across the motel lobby like they are walking right into their coffin ... then soon as they hit the field, they all wake up and can actually hit, run and field very well, I was very surprised. then they shuffle back through the motel lobby like the next step is their last, get cleaned up and pop out of the elevator dressed like Rodney Dangerfield on Caddyshack. we used to just sit in the lobby and watch these transformations.