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Nov. 3rd, 2009 | 09:20 am

Wally Moon's Summer Baseball Camp (or was it Wally Moon's Baseball Summer Camp?), in the hills east of Covina, California, 1962. Look at the size of that mitt! It's bigger than my whole chest!




Little League, 1966. Our team was "Badillo S&M Pharmacy." I wore the number 8. What a joke! The only reason I was in the Little League "majors" that year was because my dad was the team's coach. I struck out looking about 100 times that season. And I almost hit a home run once! Other than that, it was a season to forget. I never played organized ball again after this.




I was pretty darned good with a bat when I wasn't afraid the pitcher would hit me, though. If someone would pitch underhand to me, I could hit a ball anywhere on the field I wanted to. I never imagined that when I put down my bat after my last time up in PE in my senior year in high school that I'd never hit a baseball again. I'm too old to even think about doing that now...

 

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Wally Moon's Baseball Camp!

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
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I also attended Wally Moon's summer camp in 1962. I was just turning 11 in August and I was on Marty's Maulers. I was lucky enough to win M.V.P, and was given a round patch-white with blue lettering in the shape of a baseball. It says "Wally Moon's Summer Baseball Camp Award". I have it hanging in the hallway along with alot of other Baseball stuff. I played little league in West Covina for Perino's Liquor.....our team was the Pirates. I remember at camp, just inside the door to the dorm there was a huge soda machine. A giant ice cold soda was a dime.This sucker must have held 200 bottles of pop! One day someone put a dime in it, and every soda in the machine came out..........it was hot and right after the daily game........every kid in the dorm chugged them as fast as they could........it was soda heaven for a day.................a great memory only 48 years old, Best to all, Chris.

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J Scott Shannon

Re: Wally Moon's Baseball Camp!

from: ashetlandpony
date: Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad this post brought back memories! I think you must have been one of the "big kids" when I was at Wally Moon's.

Here's a picture of the old Baptist Seminary campus. Look familiar?


Remember how awful it was to climb that super-steep hill back up to the camp after games? In 100 degree heat, that was like climbing straight toward the sun.

I definitely remember the Perino's Little League team. They were the best! Right up there with PWJC. I played for Curries Berkeley Square in the Little League Minors in 1964-5, and S&M Pharmacy in the Majors, 1966.

Also remember the whole camp going to Dodger games in bus caravans? 99 bottles of beer on the wall! Those were truly great times.

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 10th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I do remember the hike...........it was "HOT"............I made a mistake before,......I played for Perino's, but my team was The Indians not Pirates-......just found the team picture the other day.........I'll post it soon...............

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J Scott Shannon

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from: ashetlandpony
date: Feb. 11th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Please do post the team picture! I'd love to see it!

Incidentally, here is an aerial photo I found recently that shows the Baptist Seminary in 1960.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2140301499573

If you download the original-size picture, in the extreme foreground, you can see a small portion of the field where our ball diamonds would soon be built, and just this side of the trees, you can just make out the beginning of the path up that steep, wooded slope. Isn't that neat?

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Camp

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 4th, 2016 04:28 am (UTC)
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Amazed to find the camp on the internet.
I went there every day it was open during the summer for three years.
I worked on the fields to help pay my tuition.
I remember the Coke machine, watching films, going to Dodger Stadium and coach Marty Karow.
Bill Mark (Markowski)

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J Scott Shannon

Re: Camp

from: ashetlandpony
date: Dec. 4th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Remember the time we actually got a guided tour of the stadium? We got to go out onto the playing field. I found a golf ball in center field.

And oh, that Coke machine. A life-saver on a hot day. A soda never tasted or felt so good going down the hatch.

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