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Retro RFH Batty Gym Suits … and Baseball

It’s major league baseball season. And while school may be out, looking back at some RFH 1970s games, you have to wonder when or why, exactly was there ever a season of the ol’ gym suit.

Really. Ponder it. Those things that made girls look like Stay Puff marshmallows, or, worse, a big baby with a onesie that had enough space for a diaper or, well … you get the picture.

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Ode to Retro RFH Baseball

Baseball at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

It’s spring and baseball season is in full swing at RFH.

In fact, games are scheduled for today and Saturday.

So, in honor of the sport, that spiffy old RFH uniform and good times on the playing field, the Retro Pic(s) of the (George) Day offer a glimpse back to some days on the field and in the dugout back in the 1970s.

Recognize any of these guys? And, ball players, who was your favorite coach? One, for many, was the ever-popular Hal Lorme who passed away a couple of years ago.

Just thinking about the game, are ya? Take a look back and remember. Now, about those uniforms …

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for these glimpses back into RFH history! 

 

Retro RFH Batter Up!

Playing baseball at RFH in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Playing baseball at RFH in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

Yes, baseball season is in full swing at RFH.

So, to once again honor the season, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day takes a look back to the 1970s and with someone getting into the swing of things up at bat.

Know who that is? Know anyone else in the pic?

And how about those uniforms donning the old RF instead of RFH and the ol’ pin stripes?

Thanks, again, to George Day for another classic RFH photo!

 

Retro RFH Baseball First: The Girl on the Boys’ Team

RFH Class of '78 alumni Nancy Whelchel was the first girl to play on the boys' baseball team. Photo/George Day
RFH Class of ’78 alumni Nancy Whelchel was the first girl to play on the boys’ baseball team.
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s all about professional baseball right now.

And while it may not be the season for playing ball on the high school  fields right now, the idea of RFH girls breaking into sports that were traditionally boys’ is something to think about.

So, who was on first, or, rather who was first to be somewhere on the field with the guys in the 1970s? It was RFH Class of ’78 alumni Nancy Whelchel.

Yes, Nancy got onto the baseball field with the boys at RFH a year or two after Chris Bowden scored a goal for girls in soccer.

It all happened back in the day when girls had just made strides to change the dress code and wear pants to school. That was a mass effort. There were a lot of girls walking around wearing skirts or dresses with pants underneath. But that’s another girls’ liberation story for another day.

It’s about those singular sensation girls who defied a status quo form of sexism on the athletic fields.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day honors another — Nancy Whelchel. It’s a snapshot of Nancy on the field with Ward Tietz.

We’re not sure if this is an actual team practice shot or just one in which she was just tossing the ball around for fun with a couple of the guys from her class.

Still, there she is playing ball. She had the guts and the sports acumen to break the good ol’ — or young — boys’ sports network.

Home run.

I somehow don’t recall any sort of rebellion from the boys. She was good. That was all that mattered.

Any firsts for girls on the football field? Anyone? What was Nancy Whelchel’s specialty on the baseball field?

Many thanks, again, to George Day for this classic!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Yogi Berra in the Area

Ball players Bill Skowron and Yogi Berra show for dedication of lights at a field in Middletown in 1962 Photo/screenshot of Red Bank Register archives
Ball players Bill Skowron and Yogi Berra show for dedication of lights at a field in Middletown in 1962
Photo/screenshot of Red Bank Register archives

Since the announcement of New York Yankees icon Yogi Berra, it’s been all about Yogi. And, why not?

The athlete who had that special penchant for those kooky quotes dubbed Yogisms, such as “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” died on Sept. 22 at the age of 90.

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Retro RFH Baseball with Coach Hal Lorme

RFH coach and teacher Hal Lorme circa 1970s. Photo/George Day
RFH coach and teacher Hal Lorme circa 1970s.
Photo/George Day

How could we have a Retro Pic of the (George) Day during baseball season without a photo of the unforgettable RFH coach, Hal Lorme?

Mr. Lorme passed away not long ago. So, in honor of him and the season, we are bringing back this 1970s photo that was featured in a memorial slideshow of the well-liked gym teacher, coach, RFH Ski Club director and RFH Athletic and Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Take a look back at the slideshow and remember Mr. Lorme, RFH grads! Just click.

Thanks so much, once again, to George Day for the wonderful photo of Hal Lorme!

Retro RFH Girls: Play Ball!

RFH girls of softball with Amy Connor pitching Photo/George Day
RFH girls of softball with Amy Connor pitching
Photo/George Day

Baseball season is upon us. So is softball season, for that matter.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day takes us back to old time 1970s days of softball at RFH.

Looks like Amy Connor pitching.

But, who’s on the bench? Can you name them?

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for yet another classic pic!

Rewind: Play Ball, RFHers!

The RFH boys of spring baseball season Photo/George Day
The RFH boys of spring baseball season
Photo/George Day

Well the start of baseball season was today.

So, what better Retro Pic of the (George) Day than a shot of a few RFH grads playing ball on what looks like a nice spring day back in the 1970s.

These guys were quite popular back in the day. And, RFH grad George Day captured them playing ball somewhere in Rumson.

We know who they are. Do you? Remember times like this? Notice the absence of electronics. Thoughts?

And, thanks again George Day for this and so many other fabulous photos!

Retro RFH Baseball, Anyone?

Playing ball in the 1970s at RFH Photo/George Day
Playing ball in the 1970s at RFH
Photo/George Day

Spring is in the air — well, sort of.

So, to honor the immediately impending coming of spring, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day also commemorates the coming of the baseball season.

Here’s a shot from the 1970s of some RFHers playing ball.

Remember these uniforms?

Thanks, again, to George Day for this and so many other great photos!

Anyone with a pic from the past, please send it to us, with proper credit, at evd@rfhretro.com, and we will feature it as a Retro Pic of the Day.

 

A Little Retro RFH Baseball

RFH Class of '78 friends play some casual catch have some laughs. Photo/George Day
RFH Class of ’78 friends play some casual catch have some laughs.
Photo/George Day

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day honors the memory of former RFH Coach Hal Lorme in an unofficial sports way.

In this photo taken in the 1970s, a few RFH Class of ’78 pals were caught just clowning around on the field — nothing of the varsity level going on here, just a little fun playing some casual catch.

Not only does this glimpse into the past honor Coach Lorme’s love of baseball, but there’s a hint of wrestling in here, too — all in fun.

RIP Coach Lorme. Thanks for some fun times and hearty competition at RFH.

Many thanks, again, to George Day for this and many of the photos in Coach Lorme’s memorial slideshow.