Q&A With BASL Treasurer, Randy Price
Hall of Famer Randy Price was inducted in the very first BASL Hall of Fame class, along with the likes of Chuck Dima (aka The Godfather of Gay Softball), Burt Sachs (The namesake of the Open Sachs division) and John Panarace (the namesake of the Open Panarace divsion). So it’s safe to say that Randy has been involved with the league for a very long time and has been involved in shaping the Big Apple Softball League. We thank Randy for stepping up as BASL Treasurer and for helping to run a league we love so much!
What do you do for the BASL?
I’ve been Treasurer for the past year, a position I held previously for 10 years in the late ’90s-early ’00s.
When did you start playing in the BASL?
I joined the league in 1983 after hearing then-Commissioner Howie Katz promote the league on WBAI’s gay radio program. That year I started on Jerry Fitzpatrick’s Buddies team, but ended the season playing for the Boot Hill Bandits. The following year, I took part in the Bandits’ Greasers/Cheerleaders act, which was the highlight of the BASL Follies.
Where are you from?
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. My family moved to Essex County, NJ, in 1960. I moved into the city in 1979.
What do you do for fun?
I do a monthly internet show for Top Shelf Oldies, concentrating mainly on “uncommon oldies” from the 1960s, and I continue to add to my collection of CDs and vinyl records. I also administer the online Chart Archives for Cashbox Magazine and am currently working on transcribing the Country and R&B charts for that archive.
What three words describe you best?
Jocular (no pun intended). Musical. Young-at-heart.
How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?
I first joined the board in 1986 as Secretary, at the urging of other board members. Around that time, I founded the BASL newsletter, and later joined Paul Caruso as co-editor and production manager of BASLines, the newsletter that was mailed out to the membership four to six times a year from 1995 through 2000.
What do you love about BASL?
I love playing softball in a competitive and gay-friendly environment and meeting others who feel the same.
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