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Mike Girouard
Mike Girouard

August 9th, 2002, 4:20 pm #1

Boy do I have memories of WRKL in the early 70's. I was only a part-timer (Sunday Small Star) but I remember people like Charlie Reina, Norm Van Anden (Mr. Hotsy Totsy), Dr. Joel Mandel, Bill Cobb, "Nasty" Nash, Norman Garfield, Collela. Anyone here play for the WRKL Swamprats softball team? I actually looked forward to those games. It was a lot of fun back then with a real great crew of local talents. I'm sad to learn that it folded 3 years ago.

Mike Girouard
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Norm Van Anden
Norm Van Anden

July 25th, 2005, 2:37 am #2

Mike was a stellar second baseman for the Swamprats in the early 70s. In one game for instance, the enemy had a man on first with no outs. An easy grounder was hit to me at short. I flipped to Mike and ... that was it. I gave him a Wha?? gesture and said, "I couldn't pivot. So I asked Bill (Crazy) Cobb to serve up another one just like that one. Darned if he didn't and this time Mile made the pivot and we got the DP.
We had some great charity games back then. Do you realize how hard it is to lose to the County Little League All-Stars who had been to the LL World Series? They would swing at anything in slow pitch. Bill Cobb had to resort to walking them so they could get enough runs.
Then there was the Nyack PD. We drew about a thousand people thanks to some wrestling style promos in which nicknamed staffers were "calling out" the cops. In addition to Gorgeous and Crazy, there was Jack (Wildman) Wandell, Charlie (Pouring) Reina, Jim (Nasty) Nash, Paul (Killer) kellogg. Barry (BJ) Cohen, Anne (Windup Waldman), Michael J (Scooter) Sheedy, Pete (Babbling) Brooks and, yours truly, Norm (Van The Man) Van Anden.
Hey! I made up the names.
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Norm Van Anden
Norm Van Anden

April 5th, 2013, 9:38 pm #3

Boy do I have memories of WRKL in the early 70's. I was only a part-timer (Sunday Small Star) but I remember people like Charlie Reina, Norm Van Anden (Mr. Hotsy Totsy), Dr. Joel Mandel, Bill Cobb, "Nasty" Nash, Norman Garfield, Collela. Anyone here play for the WRKL Swamprats softball team? I actually looked forward to those games. It was a lot of fun back then with a real great crew of local talents. I'm sad to learn that it folded 3 years ago.

Mike Girouard
I regret to report belatedly on Mike Girouard's passing a few years ago. He had lived in england for many years working for Lloyds of London. He suffered from kidney cancer and died in a hospice. He is survived by his second wife and at least one stepson who provided the above information.
His legacy includes a clip on YouTube of the WRKL softball team. It can be found by searching for 'Swamprats 1972.' It is a video transfer of an 8mm home movie with many prominent faces taking part.
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