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Retro Fair Haven Baseball Giants

Fair Haven Little League of the late 60s/early 70s
Photo/courtesy of Bill Acker

Little league is in full swing for 2021, but there are no Giants.

Back in the late 60s or early 70s, there was a whole team full. That team was led by forever Fair Havenite Bill Lang, who was laid to rest recently. He was a giant of a personality and volunteer for all things Fair Haven, so the team’s name was fitting.

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Retro RFH Girls Playing Ball

RFH Girls Baseball circa late 70s/early 80s
Photo/RFH Yearbook via Phrita Black Norris

We’ve been talking a good game of baseball lately. Everyone has. It’s the season, after all. And, looking back, decades back, it’s been all about the boys.

That’s because it was a guy’s game decades ago. There was one girl on the RFH team. She was a pioneer. Then the girls got their own team.

That was in the late 70s or early 80s. We’re not sure of the exact year.

But, it’s time we say, “Let’s hear it for the girls!”

So, take a gander back at an RFH girls’ baseball team and coach.

Know these ladies? We spy one from Fair Haven. The coach?

Retro RFH Girls’ Ball Game

RFH girls of softball with Amy Connor pitching Photo/George Day
RFH girls in the ball game with Amy Connor pitching
Photo/George Day

Baseball season is upon us. We’ve taken you out to the RFH boys ball game. Now we’re taking you to the girls’ version of playing the field.

This may not be an official RFH game, by virtue of the lack of uniforms, not to mention lack of girls on the team in those days, but it’s all about the girls this time … and having fun playing the field … and a little ball.

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Retro RFH Socially Distant Baseball Times

Batter up! There would have been both varsity and junior varsity baseball games at RFH today had there been a baseball season. Now, though, the RFH games against Holmdel have a black line through them on the high school’s athletic schedule.

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Retro RFH Girl Playing the Boys’ Baseball Field

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 the high school baseball season being benched right now over the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s game-changing news. Who knows if things will ever be the same on the high school baseball field. And back in the 1970s, the idea of RFH girls breaking into sports that were traditionally boys’ turf was taboo. Then came another game changer — a girl who wanted to be one of the boys on the field. That was Nancy Whelchel of the RFH Class of ’78.

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Retro RFH Baseball Bench Time

Baseball season at RFH should be in full swing right now. COVID-19, instead, struck the season out and benched all high school players in the game.

They can’t get onto the field now and will likely miss the entire season due to the pandemic. Yes, they’re in a necessary, undeserving time out. Everyone is.

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Retro RFH Spring Catch Boys

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

Bases are loaded and spring has officially sprung. And there’s nothing like heeding to a little spring fever on the ball field. The season’s right, after all.

No time like, well, 40 or so years ago for a little impromptu game under the bright sun with some RFH pals who knew what playing the RFH field meant.

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