News and Announcements
Unfortunately, CSSA has lost a well-respected, admired and the ultimate gentleman Senior ball players to Covid-19 on January 15, 2021 after a very brief hospital stay. L J Grant had been a CSSA member for more than 24 years, starting when there were only four (4) teams. In later years, often playing on three (3) Leagues in one season and if needed, would be available to play on another team if they were short players. In addition to playing, he also was a Manager and Coach over the years.
He was the consummate storyteller of any and all areas of life from his early days helping on his dad’s farm, captain of his high school football team, time spent in the US Army, being stationed in Alaska, 40 years driving oil tankers and of course CSSA games, antics and tournaments he and his fellow teammates played. No matter how the game was going, L J could always bring a laugh or smile to one’s face with just a comment. He will be missed by many.
In the 56 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart Daffon, it was said they never spent more than five days apart from each other. L J is survived by his wife Daffon, three (3) children and five (5) grandchildren. Woodstock Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and due to current health restrictions, no public services are being planned. Condolences can be posted on their website or cards sent to: Mrs. Daffon Grant, 5071 Ravenswood Dr., Marietta, GA 30066-1335.
Unfortunately, CSSA has lost another of its early and long-time players this past week. Per Pat Hill, Henry was often at the park playing on several league teams within the season as a left-handed pitcher. Henry served in the Army, enjoyed fishing, base and softball, and the Braves. He is survived by his wife Tammy, three children, and many grand and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 11am to 1pm at Sosebee Funeral Home, 191 Jarvis St., Canton, GA, with graveside services at 1:30 at Macedonia Memorial Park Cemetery. As with current CDC specifications, masks are required to attend.
In lieu of flowers Henry’s family asked donations be made to Cherokee County Animal Shelter, 1015 Univenter Rd, Canton, GA or www.cherokeega-animals.org
CSSA BOARD MEETING
November 2, 2020
The monthly meeting of the CSSA was held 11-02-2020, at GameDay, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 6:45 PM.
Members present: Ray DeLuca, Dewy Hom, Andy Tubbs, Dick O’Conner, Bob Werner, Norm Thiem, Mike Parson, John Humeston, Brad Tafoya, Randy Bergman, Robbie Crider & Leland Brown
Absent: Donny Adams
A. Minutes were read, and approved.
B. Golf tournament was discussed and remind everyone that it begins at 12:00PM on 11-11-2020.
C. Discussed the idea of opening a second account to be separate from the main account. This would be used to hold money that will mainly be used for charity expenses. After some discussion a vote was take. The vote did not pass.
D. After vote totals were given for the Arnold Fowler Award, it was announced that this year’s recipient of the award is: Mike Parson
E. A new award was discussed & instituted called the Founders Award. The winner(s) of the 1st Founders Award: Jerry King & Bill King. They have been with the CSSA since the beginning, 25 years ago. Congratulations!!!
F. At this time the Lowell Lawson Award has not been decided. It will be reviewed and discussed by the BOD over the next few weeks.
G. The Arnold Fowler, Lowell Lawson and Founders Awards will be presented to the winners at the beginning of the 2021 season.
H. Championship shirts for the fall season need to be ordered. Winning coaches need to have sizes turned into Norm by Monday 11-9-2020. Shirts will be given to the coaches as soon as they are received from the printer for distribution.
I. Champion managers must also select the MVP from their team, and return the results into Norm by 11-9-2020. These awards will be presented at the beginning of the 2021 season.
J. Discussed the possibility of having a winter league. The BOD feel it is necessary to conduct more study before a decision is made. Games would take place in the afternoon. There would be NO morning or evening games.
K. The CRPA has set the season for the CSSA to begin on March 8, 2021. League games will actually begin on March 15, 2021 and be over by the end of June.
L. Evaluations for the Spring Season will be conducted on:
1. February 20 & 21
2. February 27 & 28
M. It has been determined by the BOD that bat warmers will NOT be considered illegal. Due to natural temperature changes, during the season from cold to hot and hot to cold, no one should be penalized for protecting their equipment. A final vote was conducted on the issue and passed.
N. The board discussed the issue of picking up a pitcher if a team is short players, and the normal pitcher and/or his backup is not available. This will be discussed and finalized at the next meeting
O. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on 12-7-2020, at Gameday Grill.
Meeting ended at 8:30 PM.
Everyone….I have been notified that due to the time changes of early November, the Check in time and Registration will begin at 10:30 with Tee off at 12:00 Noon. Sorry for the late notice of changes.
Tomorrow will be the Fall Charity Golf Tournament to be held at Towne Lake Hill Golf with Tee Off at 12:00pm and Registration starting at 10:30am. There are no storms in the forecast this week so all should go as planned. If there is anyone who wishes to play – even at this late date – please contact Tom Cameron at 404-918-0500 or Norm Thiem at 770-757-8467. Ray DeLuca will be collecting unwrapped toys for donations to Toys for Tots also. Please help to make a child’s Christmas a bit happier with your donations. Thank you.