The crack of the bat, the pop of the glove and the timeless cadence of infield chatter. It's all on display on a warm Spring day at Trinity View Park in Irving, one of the sites for weekly games of the Metroplex Senior Softball league.
The "Boys of Summer" (and a few girls, too) have never lost their passion for America's pastime. They can still rocket a softball over an outfielder's head, still turn a double play. Even if their bodies and skills have eroded a bit over the years, their competitive nature still burns.
"Oh, yeah," said Rod Curry, player/manager of the Eagles. "We've gotten into some pretty heated discussion about the umpiring and things like that."
But, most of all, they play for the fun of it.
"Most all these guys have played all their life. They played in Little League, some of us played in the military. It's just the love of the game."
There are two age divisions for the men -- 55 and up -- 65 and older. For women, like Patty Glockzin, 45 is the magic number.
"I just love playing sports and as I get older this is just good exorcize."
There are special rules that add players -- two bags at first base and just a line to cross when you score -- no need to touch home base. It's all designed to avoid collisions. And minimize injuries.
"Senior Softball I've been playing now for about 25 years," said 81-year-old Sid Steele. But Sid is nowhere near the oldest player on his team. That distinction goes to his pitcher, 88-year-old Troy Wammack. "The idea of being outside and having fun and doing what you like to do. Some guys just don't want to grow old I guess."
For more on the league check out http://www.dfwseniorsoftball.com/.