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Local man still swinging bat at age 94

Posted: 9:54 AM, Jul 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-11 18:45:24-04

 Age is just a number, right? One Fowlerville man is proving that as the oldest member of a local softball team.

"I enjoy playing," says George Londy, "I don't play as well as I used to when I was 60, but I still enjoy playing."

The 94-year-old is back this year, taking the diamond with his teammates in the Lansing Parks and Recreation senior softball league.

Made up of four teams, the 70-years-old and up league is busy. They meet up at Gier Park in Lansing for morning matches every week.

"They're all amazed that I'm still playing," says Londy of his teammates, "I keep telling them, you're still going to be playing when you are 90. You may not run as fast, you may not hit the ball as far as you used to when you were 70, but you will still be playing ball."

He's been batting, running and catching since he was a teenager. Watch him play and you will see, he can still field with the best of them.

"If I had a race on my team, George would come in the top 7 as far as running goes," says Londy's team manager Wayne Quick who is in his 80s.

Quick says George and the entire league proves that age is just a number.

"He still runs very well," says Quick, "he hits very well."

In this league, it's all about getting out and having a good time.

"Keep your health up, have fun, enjoy meeting new people all the time," says Quick.

Whether they come for the competition, the exercise, or the camaraderie, the only number these softball players really focus on is the score.

The number of people interested in playing is growing as well. The hope is to someday soon expand the senior softball league into two separate age groups.

If you are interested in playing, call the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department at 517-483-4277.

Londy tells us he hopes to continue playing.