Page 12 - Southen Exposure - August '22
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                                                   Jupiter Senior Softball

        Watching Senior Softball pitcher Mike Manasia in a
      game last month seemed just like any other summer day.
      He went seven innings and struck out six in sweltering
      90-degree-plus temperature.
        Except it wasn’t just any day, but his 90th birthday and
      that earned him the distinction as the oldest player in the
      55 and over Jupiter Senior Softball league. Teammates
      helped him celebrate by singing  Happy Birthday and
      presenting him with a decorated cake. Manasia is known
      as “everyone’s buddy” and is an inspiration to all. Rocco
      Cambareri, who hosted a celebratory birthday lunch for
      Manasia and friends, said, “He means a lot to the league,
      to me and to everyone.”
        Known  as  a  tough competitor who goes after  every
      batter with the goal of getting them out, Manasia has been
      playing in the senior league more than 20 years. Playing
      three days a week “keeps my blood pumping,” he said.
      As he enters his ninth decade, he feels fortunate to be
      playing, having undergone heart and gall bladder surgery                    Guests at a birthday lunch for Mike Manasia were, left to right: Ron Bosco, Bob Coleman,
      and surviving two bouts with bladder cancer over the                        Gary Davis, Tom Dolan, Ron Nolan, Host Rocco Cambareri, Barry Skolnik, Mike Manasia,
                                                        Mike  Manasia  admires  his  Vic Troiano, Ralph Randazzo, Dave Summers, Bob Davis, Tom Toner, Pete Pinello. Photo
                                                        90th birthday cake. Photo by  by Mike Richmond
                  Club news                             Miriam Ruffolo

                                                        years. He is an Army veteran
                                                        of the Korean War where he
                                                        served with the 3rd Infantry
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                                                          A  native of  Brooklyn,
         Of The Gardens                                 N.Y.,  where  he  was  born
                                                        July 11, 1932, Manasia is
                                                        retired from the retail and
                                                        wholesale meat business. He
                                                        served as meat director for
                                                        a supermarket chain and in
                                                        later years, as a meat trader.
                                                        The latter position earned
                                                        him the nickname “Chicken
                                                        Wings” from friends.
                                                          The  year-round  slow-
                                                        pitch softball program is
                                                        open to persons 55 and older   Mike Manasia, center, thanks teammates for their birthday salute. Photo by Mike Richmond
                                                        and new players are sought
                                                        to fill out rosters for pickup games every Monday,   well as for those desiring a more relaxed style of play. There
                                                        Wednesday and Friday morning. The league is sponsored   is no upper age limit but most participants are in their 60s
                                                        by the nonprofit Jupiter Senior Softball Association in   and 70s, some in their 80s, and Manasia, 90.
                                                        cooperation with the Town of Jupiter.                Registration can be made online at www.leaguelineup.
      Pappalardo Construction Co. was contracted to build the     Players of all skill levels are welcome. The three division   com/jssa. For more information contact Gary Newman at
      Radisson Suite Hotel in 1987. The hotel opened in 1989, one   format allows for games for more competitive players as   (917) 623-0791.
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