The league (a group of softball players aged 74 and up,) was founded in 1930, with the game of softball being added in 1931 “to be more of a social ‘quitting’ club,” according to the team’s website. In 1938, Kids and Kubs registered as a non-profit and have donated over $190,000 since 1949.
History is no stranger to Kids and Kubs, with each team member having stories to tell.
Meet Player Cleo Stinyard, 83. Stinyard has been coaching and playing ball for as long as he can remember and has played alongside Kids and Kubs president Jon Wilkinson for 23 years.
As a little league coach, Stinyard took a team to the Little League World Series in 1973.
“It was the first all-black team to go to the series,” he said.
Stinyard has retired from coaching and now plays softball with Kids and Kubs. He’s been with the team since 2009. Locally, the league has members as old as 92 swinging, running and catching.