Celebrating it's 83rd Season!


Fred Kopatich pitching in the Championship game!


Scott Stein smacks a base hit!


Marco Greco ready at 2nd base!


Congratulations to the Gulls, the 2014-15 Champs!

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The Half Century Softball Club has been in existence since 1933 when a group of men met in a corner of the old ballpark where Al Lang Field at Progress Energy Park is now located. Contributing 10 or 15 cents with which they bought balls and bats, those men started what is now a nationally known organization. The Club is now 83 years old and still going strong!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Season:

The St. Petersburg Half Century Softball Club is a modified (no wind-mill) fast pitch softball club comprised of players ages 49 to 74. The club plays at Northshore Field, located just north of the Vinoy Hotel in Downtown, St. Petersburg, Florida. Our 2015-16 season is in full-swing with games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 9:30am. We are always looking for new players to join our Club. Players can play Full or Part-time.

Our Organization:

An eight member Board is elected annually. The Board organizes and administrates the softball operation under the auspices of a Constitution, By-Laws and a set of Rules and Responsibilities. Single wall bats and ASA rules are utilized. Dues are assessed to cover the cost of umpires, field maintenance, equipment and uniforms.

Club Board of Directors:

personel bio picKip Kedersha, President: Born in South Orange New Jersey in 1957. In addition to his love for baseball and softball, he has a background in radio and television broadcasting and video production. This is his 5th year playing for the Half Century Club. Kip is married to his wife, Deb and they have 3 boys, 2 havanese dogs and 2 tuxedo cats.

personel bio picTodd Ringeisen, Vice-President: Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1964. An avid Rays fan, this is his second year with the Half Century Club. Todd is in the health care field and spent 25 years at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. He and his wife Jeannette have five children and three grandchildren. They have been Medical Foster Parents for more than ten years.

personel bio picDick Bigelow, Secretary: Born in Baltimore, MD in 1947. He will be starting his 19th season in the Half Century Softball Club and is in the top five of almost every career offensive statistic. Among his interests are softball, music, computers, movies and theater.  He earned his living as a professional actor for 35 years, appearing in National Tours, regional and dinner theater.  

personel bio picDan DeRussy, Treasury: Dan has been playing in the Half Century Softball Club since 2003. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1943. He spent 3 years in the US Army Dental Corps in Okinawa and is now a retired DDS. He is an avid runner, Gator fan and Rays charter season ticket holder. He has lived in St. Pete for 38 years and has been married to his wife, Vivian for 22 years. Dan has two children and two grandchildren.

personel bio picFred Kopatich, Executive Board Member: Splitting time between St. Pete Beach and Silver Spring, Maryland, Fred just completed his rookie season with the Half Century Club.  He also splits his time between playing softball here and baseball up North.  He was a procurement law attorney for 25 years with the US Department of Commerce before retiring in 2012.  He and his wife Rebecca have three children.

personel bio picMike Robertson, Executive Board Member: St. Pete native entering his 19th season in the Club. Mike has spent several years compiling and analyzing St. Pete Half Century Softball records and statistics, amassing an archive which includes complete career statistics for well over a hundred current and former players. An avid fan and follower of High School baseball, he spends as much time as possible, year round, pitching batting practice to baseball players.

personel bio picRalph O'Connell, Executive Board Member: After thirty years of living in Allentown, PA and working as an elementary school librarian in Phillipsburg, N.J., Ralph retired and moved to St. Petersburg, where he discovered Half Century Softball in 2008.  He loves playing third base, and wouldn't want to play any other position.  He and his wife, Bryna have traveled extensively and enjoy seeing the world.

personel bio picTom Glenn, Executive Board Member: Born in Kane, Pa. in 1950, a former radio broadcaster and sports announcer, he retired from a career as a management analyst with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A 15 year veteran of HCC, out of season he and his wife, Barbara, the club's scorekeeper, can be found exploring overseas and/or touring the U.S. in their motorhome and visiting their two children and six grandchildren.

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