“IN BUSINESS 89 YEARS” should be posted on the office window of the Three-Quarter Century Softball Club office. Located in the Senior Center at St Petersburg’s 330 5th Street North, the “Kids and Kubs” as the Club is more affectionally known, will have been in the business of softball for 89 years, when the Kids and Kubs open the 18-19 season at 10 AM Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Based on the research of Professor Richard Foster from Yale University. The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 index of leading US companies has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today. Kids and Kubs have 89 years in the business of softball and well on their way to the century mark in 2038.
Yes! This softball club has an office. It is chucked-full of 89 years of artifacts, pictures, and memories of almost a century of existence. This office is where the 7-member Board meets monthly to direct the Club’s membership. Each member has a membership card. General membership meetings occur regularly.
Visible mainly on the ball diamond at North Shore Park, nestled among the trees, the Pinellas Trail, Municipal Pool, Volley Ball courts and of course picnic tables the Club puts on a competitive softball performance involving four teams.
However, what goes on behind the scenes is what makes this organization different. The club is among 501 c 3 corporations listed in Florida State's "sunbiz" as THREE-QUARTER CENTURY SOFTBALL CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, INC. The Club’s Trust Fund, formed in February 1971, with the support of local and National donors, provides donations yearly to many local select charities within Pinellas County.
Club membership is composed of male and female players 74 years of age. Carefully managed by the Board throughout the winter season from November through March. During the summer months, many players assemble to prepare for the next season with batting practice and pick-up games.
You soon get the idea that this is a different softball experience, Not the usual city/county sponsored recreation league. It is more than a softball Club with a legacy and an attitude to go with it.
Club President Jon Wilkinson and the Board proudly proclaim the title of the most senior of the Senior Softball organizations in the nation – may be the world. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – senior softball happens in St Pete.
Player positions are open for the 2018-19 season. Join the Club at this summer’s TThS workouts at North Shore Park. Get in shape for the 18-19 season. Call Jon Wilkinson 813-244-8573.
“What is wrong with 75? We are the ones still alive.”