Happy 101st Birthday to Baseball Legend Mary Pratt of Quincy

Saturday Nov. 30, 2019 was the 101st birthday of baseball icon Mary Pratt of Quincy.

All-American and former women’s baseball league start Mary Pratt who is honored on her 100th birthday at Grove Manor Estates, holds a photo of the team she played with, Friday, November 30, 2018. Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger”

Another person from Quincy, Massachusetts, the city where I was born and grew up is honored on her birthday. It was a few years after I had watched and thoroughly enjoyed the movie “A League of Their Own” before I realized that we had the star pitcher from that league living among us and teaching physical education at North Quincy High School where my brothers and my wife, had gone to school. You can check out the details of the movie “A League of Their Own” at Wikipedia.

From The Patriot Ledger: 

QUINCY — Saturday Nov. 30 is the 101st birthday of baseball legend Mary Pratt, who spent five summers pitching in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1947 and saw that story told in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”

Afterward, she returned to Quincy and taught physical education and influenced hundreds of girls and young women in the Quincy school system.

A year ago, Mary Pratt celebrated her 100th birthday to great fanfare and a party at Grove Manor Estates in Braintree where she had moved to the memory care wing from 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy. She has since moved to another care facility.

Pratt quickly warmed to the 100th birthday occasion, sang her old Rockford Peaches team song, then turned philosophical. “The good things I used to think about sports . . . memories, you live on with them, because baseball is baseball, whether it’s today, or tomorrow or 50 years ago,” she said.

Known in her day as an outstanding pitcher for her controlled slingshot, or windmill windup, Pratt went on to teach physical education in Quincy and Braintree.

Read the rest of the story and check out some amazing photos (including a photo of an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League card of Mary Pratt from the 1940s.) at The Patriot Ledger.

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My “Sixteen Years of Bowflex Workouts” Post from 2010 Updated to 25 Years in 2019

I originally wrote and posted “Sixteen Years of Bowflex Workouts  in 2010.

In that post I wrote

In June of 1982, after five years of physical inactivity, I decided that it was time to get back in shape. When I retired from the Navy in 1977, I went right to work as an accountant for a small retail/construction/service company. I also was enrolled in the accounting program at the junior college. In January, 1978, I transferred to the University of North Florida. I spent the next four years working full-time during the day, and attending college at night. When I finished my master’s program in December, 1981, I immediately started a CPA review course that used nearly every waking moment that I wasn’t at work. Between working, attending classes, and studying, my brain got a real workout. However, I was overweight and really out of shape. So, after I finished my CPA examinations in May, 1981, I resolved to get back in shape.

First, I joined a local gym. I am a “morning person,” so I found a fitness center that opened at 6 A.M. I faithfully reported to the gym three mornings a week, and worked out three days per week for about thirteen years. On non-workout days, I jogged from my home to Jacksonville Beach where I ran along the beach. A problem that kept recurring was that the fitness centers would fail to open on time. Also, over the years four or five of those centers would close down leaving me looking for a new place to work out.

In March of 1994, after suffering the frustrations of local fitness facilities that kept changing their hours, failing to open on time, or closing down due to mis-management, I decided to obtain my own fitness equipment. Our kids had all moved out, leaving extra space in our home to set up a “workout room.” After considerable research, I decided upon a Bowflex for simulated weight-lifting activity. I also purchased a dip/chinup station, and a situp board. For cardiovascular activity, I would continue to jog, but get a stationary recumbent bike for inclement weather. Later, I replaced the joint-jolting running on the streets with an elliptical machine in my home gym. 

Now, more than ten years later, I feel its time for an update.

Since then, I have continued to work out in my home “gym” every morning that I wasn’t traveling. If I’m away at a tax conference or one of my many photo shoots, my workouts are limited to stretching and walking. Some of those photoshoots entail some hiking and climbing, but those occur less frequently these days. However, my home workouts have continued all these years.

I’m still using the same Bowflex machine for simulated weight lifting. It has worn well over the years. I still use the same Pull-up/Dip station and recumbent bike. I have had to replace the elliptical machine. In fact, I’m on my third elliptical. You may have noticed my Red Sox World Series Champion pennant in that 2010 photo. My workout room has added pennants celebrating the Red Sox World Series victories for the years 2013 and 2018 to the ones for 2004 and 2007.

My Bowflex machine log shows that since March 16, 1994, I have completed 3009 workouts with it. Other than the Bowflex machine’s rods showing more signs of wear than the 2010 photos, it has lasted well. I am now convinced that the Bowflex will outlive me!

Sole Elliptical

I have had to replace the pedals on the Schwinn recumbent bike several times, but otherwise it is going strong. The Schwinn elliptical didn’t last as well. It wore out after several years, and its replacement didn’t last either. So, in 2016 I replaced it with a Sole “professional” machine that should outlast me.

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