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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Playing softball as a child

 Do you remember the times when you and your neighbors got together to play softball. Sometime we would play on our dead end street. Other times we would go to I.C. Church playground, or to Lewis Field (Pryor playground). It was almost always coed softball, because as kids, we didn't care who all played softball with us. We always had a good time. Now as adults, we wonder where all those old friends have all gone to. This was always a good way to meet other people. I can remember the time at I.C. Church playgound when I almost hit a softball onto the roof the school building. When the school janitor saw this, he told me that I could no longer play ball there. I asked him if I batted left-handed, could I still play there. He said yes. He did not know that I was a switch hitter and the first pitch that I received went over the school fence and almost hit the plate glass window of the church parsonage of St. Luke's Episicopal Church across the street from the playground. He then told me that I was done playing softball at that playground.

 Did any of you have any such incidents as this?  It would make good reading to get your answers.

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