By Tom Murphy
La Jolla Youth BaseballYou only turn 60 once so it better be good, especially if we are talking about La Jolla Youth Baseball. LJYB recently unveiled a special logo for the 2012 season to commemorate the 60th Diamond Anniversary of LJYB. Nearly 600 players and coaches will be wearing vintage SD Padres jerseys this coming season and every one of them will be adorned with this logo on a patch on the left sleeve. The new logo has a nostalgic look to it and of course this diamond anniversary has to include an image of a baseball diamond.
Baseball and nostalgia go together like a hand and glove. LJYB is actively soliciting nostalgic photographs and news clippings that cover the 60 years of youth baseball in La Jolla. Dr. Richard Small, a Bird Rock native now retired in Temecula, recently shared team photos from his 1952 Lions team and recalls playing on fields at La Jolla Elementary School where LJYB first started. That photo will soon be posted on the La Jolla Youth Baseball Facebook page. Dr. Small was assisted by Leon Chow, owner of C&H Photo at 7720 Fay, who scanned the old photo for him and uploaded the image to LJYB’s digital photo album on Facebook. Leon is a LJYB parent and coach who generously offered to assist anyone who wants to share their baseball photos but may not have the scanning equipment, so feel free to pay him a visit. Bret Sandstrom is another LJ native who recently shared a 1971 La Jolla Light photo of his Bronco All Star Team in the stands of the Las Patronas Field. Most of the kids in that photo are still in town 40 years later. Please dig out those old photos and share them with the local baseball community.
Registration for the 60th Anniversary season in 2012 is open until Jan. 11 but families are encouraged to sign up before the holidays so the league can better plan for managers and coaches, equipment and of course the popular Padres uniforms. Online registration is at www.LJYB.org.