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February 27, 1986

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RTE 00)00nchatoula Old Timers' 00aseball parade, fundraiser to open season By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher Opening Day for the upcominq youth Lseball season in Ponchatoula will be be to stir fond memories and unite ,eball teams that have been playing re since 1958. parade stretching from ale alligator cage to Jaycee Park up of four decades of Poncha- toula baseball players, fathers, sons and even grandfathers in a single procession will set the tone for the big day April 26. The event will mark the 25 years that the city's youth baseball program has been playing at Jaycee Park. The program began at Athletic Park in 1958 and utilized all of the city's parks before finding a permanent home at Jaycee Park in 1961, according to Julian Dufreche. who is organizing the base- hl] ,:,*ravaqanza with George Pc]tier and others, Dufreche said that the baseball parade,- would ]cad to ,Jaycee Park where the baseball program's annual jambalaya fundraiser will be held and exhibition three inning games will be played by this year's teams A historical display of Ponchatoula baseball memorabilia will be open to the public n an exhibition planned for the Jaycee Hall The city's councilman-at-large said that a souvenir booklet featuring histories, pictures of past teams, players and coaches will be offered for sale to help raise funds for the baseball program. A special price wilt be set for those returning ballplayers who want a copy of the souvenir booklet and jamba- laya tickets for opening day. said price to be announced shortly, according to Dufreche. "This will be an Old Timers' Day for all the 'kids' who played here since 1958. What we need from The Times is help in contacting all the people in our area who have played in the old Little League or recently, in Dixie Youth Baseball. 1 couldn't venture to guess how many played over the years." said Dufreche. himself a veteran of the local diamond, as was his father, as is his i{ " , own son. !  "Ourideaistogetthehistoryofthe i ! ! " baseball program in Ponchatoula docu-  f' mented." said Dufreche who added that contributions made to the exhibit being planned for Opening Day include the baseball cap worn by coach Dr. Schanz- X bach. who headed the old Holy Name Cardinals and the trophy presented in . Do you know these players? ('.a you help identify these Bonicard, and Claude Foiler. The program in preparation for Opening uggers, who were young when this front row includes (left to right): Day festivities which should them- oto was taken? Can you tell which Wa.yne Brescher, John Busden, selves make history (see accompanying ,.ar? Some hints: that's ex-Poncha- (player unknown) Danny Ray Fisher, mla Mayor and baseball enthusiast (player unknown), R.J. Eieser, and story). pike Ragan on the right in the back Bobby Reynolds. Members of a co - (Photo Courtesy of Julian Dufreche) . Others in the back row (left to mittee headed by Julian Dulrecne are ;ht) include: Jimmy Mayfield, seeking information on the history of nald Joiner (player unknown) Ponchatoula s youtl baseball rry Harper, Eddie Brescher, Jernj !i | tired teachers to meet March 10 HARDY'S ACE HARD.ARE It does not hurt to coil .for prices 386-3323 i;By ELIZABETH S. DAV1DSON Mary Schilling from the Richard N. 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