By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY This weekend’s festivities of Crosby Sports Association is sure to be one of the most exciting for any who love kids, baseball and/or America,* see editorial note at article’s end.
April 5, there is a parade, barbecue, opening day baseball and softball, and a dedication of a playing field to a great citizen and supporter of sports in this area the late Bobby Michalsky. The theme of the day is God Bless America and Our Troops!
The parade on Saturday lines up for floats and marchers at 8:30 a.m. The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. The route for the parade starts at Crosby High School, runs out north on FM 2100 to Church St., right, east to Pecan, left, north to Kernohan, west to FM 2100 and back to Crosby High School. That is almost a mile of parade route. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole is the Parade Marshal this year. Rumor has it that Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia will ride in the parade also.
This year, barbecue plates are even more of a bargain than anyone would believe, considering the price of meat these days. The paltry sum of $5 gets the kids’ supporters barbecue, brisket, sausage, beans, bread and a soft beverage. The Crosby Sports Association Sports Complex on Miller Wilson Rd., near the Precinct 4 Utility Station is the location to buy plates.
A new field is under construction for baseball and softball thanks to the efforts of Larry Tobin and the officers of Crosby Sports Association. The field is to be named for avid kids’ sports proponent Bobby Michalsky on the evening of opening day as Michalsky Field.
Michalsky was a kid’s baseball or softball coach for 32 years. He helped build the current sports complex, and worked the side-line measuring chain in Crosby High football for 60 years. If there could be sports of some kind in Crosby, Michalsky not only supported it, he probably was working on it voluntarily while he lived.
Crosby Sports Association accomplished the fiscal management to build Michalsky Field under the presidency of Larry Tobin. Funding the new field started by reserving and raising money two years ago. The field is being built to specifications for boys and girls ages 15 to 18 years.
On opening day, four new teams will begin playing at 2:30 p.m. in the sports complex. The teams, comprised of ages 15 to 18 year-olds, are called Colts League. This year, Crosby High School had 68 youths try-out for 8 open positions on the boys high school team. President Tobin developed a program like the high school team to offer similar training, with co-operation of Coach McCain, in effort to start up a transitional team. Coaches ended up with four teams other than the high school team.
Editorial Note. Many people probably won’t like it here if they don’t love at least one of those three; kids, ball or America! It could be hard to be loved by others in Crosby if someone doesn’t like all three! The greatest thing is they can live here if they want yet not like any of those three. But…they might like it better elsewhere…. Paris or Pyongyang might be more tasteful to them.
Crosby Sports Assoc. Parade, Opening Day and dedication of Field to Michalsky this weekend
By LEWIS SPEARMAN