Each player adds a colorful piece to the picture puzzle that is the Kids and the Kubs. John Daley, 85 and married 58 years, wears his hat askew, and his teeth sometimes not at all. Chet Bresnan is the terror of the first-base coaches, a left-handed pull hitter at 77, but the fielders know where to play him and he bats under .200. If only his wrists were a little slower; maybe when his reflexes start to go.... Jack Casselberry, 77, a Navy man, stepped on a land mine near Toulon in '44, taking shrapnel in his knees and kidneys. They call him Scrapiron. Hugo Unger, an 80-year-old Kids pitcher, looks like Honus Wagner at the plate, with his Dutch face, big hands, long arms and wide stance, and he hits home runs. But Unger's pitches are very slow. Sixty years ago he hurt his arm playing sand-lot ball by pitching too often. He says, "As a kid I didn't know enough to quit." And he never learned.
None of the Kids and the Kubs ever learned. Most have played ball all their lives, and as Jim Waldie says, "You lay down, you die. I believe a lot of us wouldn't be living if we weren't playing ball down here."