It seems softball contests bowling for the most popular sport among postal employees. Many leagues have existed across the country. One of the most active area was in Pittsburgh, PA. This branch has a summer softball league that includes charity games in its schedule, at which they collect money for different organizations, such as Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital.(1) There are also leagues and teams in California’s San Joachin Valley, Phoenix, Manchester, Maui, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, and Las Vegas. Most of these teams include all crafts and every tour. Players have stated that they keep an eye out for each other and that they all feel young again, creating a greater desire to play.(2) Many players also bring their entire families to the games—both because of the game’s allure, and the influence such a positive environment has on the children. The sport facilitates the creation of specific communities within postal workers because of the time spent together outside work. Postal Life states the “enthusiasm for softball spills over to attitude about work, shared experience on softball fields becomes basis for trust and mutual respect at work”.(3)
1) “Everyone Wins,” Postal Life, November-December 1974, pg. 22.
2) “Softball,” Postal Life, Summer 1995, pg. 17-18.