To the Editor:
As described in the Daily Freeman-Journal, Midget League, a summer institution in Webster City for the past 43 years, is now a thing of the past. I find that sad. There will still be games this summer. In fact, quite honestly, they will probably be better games as far as knowledge and fundamentals of the game go. The sad part is because a social institution is dead and a large part of Webster City culture will be no more. Midget League was so much more than games. It was a social outing, a chance to go out on a summer night, meet the people, have a hot dog. The games were actually secondary much of the time.
I understand that high school games will be played on separate nights than Little League games. As a coach, I looked forward to the nights when all four fields were having games. It was a happening, and the place to be in Webster City on a summer night. Where else does (did) that type of community interaction take place in Webster City?
Also as a coach I always felt I had the best feeder program possible with Midget League. We had nearly 100 girls playing softball in the league every year - not trying to become little major leaguers, but just having fun playing the game. It made them look forward to playing high school softball.
Like I said, I think it is sad. But there is a bright spot. We should all be able to find a parking place.