Photos and Audio by Dan Dwyer
“Slow pitch softball is more about the people and the players and the atmosphere before and after the game than it is about the competition itself,” states Llyod Nelson head of the Murphysboro men’s softball league.
Men’s softball leagues are known for an easy going atmosphere and are generally used as a social gathering rather than an ultra competitive sport. The teams play at Riverside Park’s Chep Kessel Field. Construction of the diamond, which was part a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, began in 1938 and has approximate seating for 1,500 spectators. The field has played host to tryouts for two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees (1948) and multiple times for the St. Louis Cardinals. This years league championships went to a local team known as the Side Bar.