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SPY's Newsletter 9/23/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #218 (9/23/22) Sign Project Completed

We are pleased to announce that the “Sunfield Welcomes You” sign renovation project is now completed. The revamping and partial reconstruction of the sign turned out to be a major undertaking. We would like to thank the following fine community minded businesses and individuals for providing the financial support necessary to get the work done. Thank You: Rebecca Calabro and Mapes Furniture Company Rosie Best and Best Tax Service John & Sandra Fisher David Rosier and Rosier Funeral Home Luke Brogger and Quality Hardwoods Art & Eunice Boulis Sunfield Area SPY’s Thank-You Dime Pitch Booth Helpers! The Chairman of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) popular Dime Pitch Booth fund-raiser that is run during the Farmer’s Picnic, is Zeke Cappon. This was Zeke’s first crack at running the project and he did a fantastic job! Even though the rain hit us hard during the traditionally peak of action, (Saturday night just before the fireworks), the Dime Pitch Booth kept going. Zeke would like to send out his heartfelt thanks to the various crews that showed up to pitch in and help this go smoothly. He had a set-up crew on Thursday---the operations crews on Friday and Saturday---and the tear-down and pack away crew on Sunday. It took a lot of dedicated volunteers to get the job done---and here they are: Oren Best Duane Miller Wayne Simmons Gabriel Bowen Dariel Bowen Renee Strimback Lance Eldridge Elizabeth Eldridge John Fisher Sandra Fisher Olivia Fisher Bella Ieremias Jim Peabody Derek Desgranges Jeff Gibbs Casey Shettler Cynthia Shettler Gabe Cappon Sam Coan Payton Coan Alana Cappon Lucia Rubio Valez Matt Meyers Justina Hastings Seth DeMott Courtney Turner Marissa, Averie Maylee Steward Keanan Miller Eric Vansickle ALL proceeds from the Dime Pitch Booth go towards funding the various youth and community programs and projects the SPY’s underwrite. Thank you again volunteers! Parting Comments • Deep Thought of the Week: The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. • Notable Quote: "Goodness is the only investment that never fails."-----HENRY DAVID THOREAU • That’s Puny Department: What do you call an everyday potato?--------------------(A Commontater) • Did You Know Section: Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell was one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball history. Her next-door neighbor, Dazzy Vance, taught her to pitch and showed her his "drop ball", a type of breaking ball. (Later, Vance would pitch in the major leagues and eventually be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame) The New York Yankees and the Chattanooga Lookouts (a Class AA minor league team that Jackie Mitchell played for) were scheduled to play an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 1, 1931. Seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell, was brought in to pitch in the first inning after the starting pitcher had given up a double and a single. The first batter she faced was Babe Ruth. After taking a ball, Ruth swung and missed at the next two pitches. Mitchell's fourth pitch to Ruth was a called third strike. Babe Ruth glared and verbally abused the umpire before being led away by his teammates to sit to wait for another batting turn. The crowd roared for Jackie. Babe Ruth was quoted in a Chattanooga newspaper as having said: "I don't know what's going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day." Next up was the “Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig, who swung through the first three pitches to strike out. Jackie Mitchell became famous for striking out two of the greatest baseball players in history. A few days after Mitchell struck out Ruth and Gehrig, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in a snit of embarrassment for the game, voided her contract with the Lookouts and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game was "too strenuous." Major League Baseball would formally ban the signing of women to professional contracts on June 21, 1952. The ban lasted until 1992. Notices 1. If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it. There is no charge. We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed. 2. If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at www.sunfieldareaspys.com. 3. NOTE: If you know of anyone who would like to receive these SPY’s Newsletters, just send me an email at john.sandrafisher@gmail.com with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.




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