April 2 – Happy Birthday Marty Tambasco

That’s Marty T. above with two of his favorite fans!

Playing softball in Amsterdam isn’t just a sport, its pretty close to a religion. When the time comes, you either get invited to join a team or you start one of your own and you keep playing until there’s a verifiable and irreversible reason why you can’t play any longer. Game nights are eagerly anticipated, not just for the thrill of the competition but also because its a night out with a bunch of good friends and a chance to laugh, reminisce, tip a few cold ones and maybe if you’re lucky, rip a shot into the gap and make it to second standing up. And its been going on forever. Ask anyone whose played recreation league softball from my dad’s generation, from mine or my kids’ to name a best memory from their own playing days and they will instantly recall five.

When I think of people having fun playing softball the first name that enters my mind is always Marty Tambasco. In fact if softball really were a religion, today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant would be its Pope. He has been playing the game continuously since the late 1960s, when his U.S. (later Shorty’s) Clippers team won their league’s championship (see photo below.) His hair has changed color and his competitive juices may not flow quite as aggressively as they did back then but this guy still loves every aspect of the game and plays it with the zeal that old timers like me truly admire.

For the past couple of decades he’s worn the Post 701 jersey. He’s also done a phenomenal job maintaining that team’s official Website. A great teammate and a cherished friend, I know hundreds of Amsterdam softball players past and present join me in wishing Marty Tambasco a very Happy Birthday. Mart, your playing career has outlasted Mantle, Murcer, Mattingly and Jeter. Next up is Aaron Judge!

 

3 thoughts on “April 2 – Happy Birthday Marty Tambasco

  1. I remember playing hardball down by Guy Park manor as a kid with Marty and others . He also was big into wiffleball and any kind of baseball or softball he could play . He just has loved the game his whole life . He is also the only person I know who is more diehard Yankee and Giants fan than me ! Happy Birthday Marty 🙂

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  2. You are very kind Mike and those were special times indeed in the West End growing up back in the 60’s. We all played baseball, street football and shot baskets. We all loved sports and in one way or another played. And, it was through that participation that we forged these relationships that have lasted these many years. Those memories and relationships are priceless and it’s great to be able to reflect on those times and remember how lucky we all were and are.

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