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Softball games in stickers, prickly pears, and deep sand


Softball games in stickers, prickly pears, and deep sand
Kasper School softball team, circa 1950


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Rainy Days and Starry Nights
January 25, 2012
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I was talking to my brother, Bob Zook, the other day about when we used to play softball at Kasper School (before I went to high school in Poth). It was in the mid-’40s.

Bob has an even better memory than I do. He remembered how Floyd Raabe was such a good hitter and would hit home runs at Kasper School, which would go over the outhouses by the fence and way out into the pasture, and sometimes they couldn’t even find the ball.

He asked, “Do you remember when we had to go to McCoy and play them, and the whole team piled in the back of the Raabes’ truck to go there?” I had forgotten those days!

He went on to talk about the McCoy School. The ball field was a combination of stickers and prickly pears with a peanut field behind it. The field was mostly in deep sand too. You could hardly run the bases. Especially if you were barefoot! It was hard to run in the deep sand.

And if I remember, my brother Bob was always barefoot! I don’t think he even liked shoes.

After the war ended, Three Oaks got a new player. His name was Hosek. Bob couldn’t remember his full name.

He had been in the Army. He came back to school. He played on the Three Oaks team. He was a good player. Three Oaks was hard for Kasper to beat, or any other school for that matter! People sure were mad saying it was unfair because he was older than any kids in the other school. But I guess Three Oaks didn’t budge. Bob didn’t know who won that war!

Kasper School had a legacy of softball teams through the years. Those were good times for all the children who went to Kasper School.

Anyone from Kasper who I have talked to remembers those softball games and playing the other schools in southwestern Wilson County. I know I have good memories too. (Read the chapter in my book, Rainy Days and Starry Nights, called “Sports and Softball Dreams”.)

Lois Zook Wauson is the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Wilson County in the mid-20th century. After many years living in other parts of Texas, she now lives and writes in Floresville. Her two books are available from the Wilson County News office. E-mail her at loiswauson@yahoo.com.
 

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