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Hi Concerned. I grew up in EP too!! Did you go to EPCHS? If so what year did you graduate??
(On topic) I was on EP's Khoury league and I agree they were very fair, maybe it was just the era??
I also was on our 'all star' team. I was no one 'special', we didn't 'know' anyone.. I played my heart out & kicked butt, that's why I was picked.. Thats how it should be!!!
I didn't live in EP, but in Oak Lawn/Hometown, my father just enjoyed Bleeker's because he also bowled there. I graduated from OLCHS in '67.
I couldn't agree with you more about 'playing your heart out'. In my LL years, we spent the entire day at the ball fields in pick-up games and 3-4 league games a week, at night. Our whole lives revolved around baseball. Of course, there weren't nearly the amount of alternative activities that kids have these days.
Preferential treatment, I guess, may have been applied in some cases but in the end, after the All Star team was chosen, the players themselves voted as to who would be the starters. When I was 12 I had grown cocky and quite full of myself and to my great surprise, not voted to start at catcher as I had been the previous year. Blindsided, I naturally felt dejected but rather than quitting or blaming others I worked harder, dropped the attitude and made sure that in the Pony league I would regain that starting spot. Which I did.
I can't remember ever thinking to complain to my father, a tough as nails Marine who fought all over the Pacific, about it.
Maybe times and people were different then.