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The Catholic Men’s Slow Pitch League (CMSPL) of Omaha is a church softball league. The league has always been considered an age “30 & Over” league, but teams are allowed to have a limited number of under age 30 players to help with the ongoing development of the league. The competition levels vary from team to team, year to year, but the general structure of the league puts it on par with the UBA D Comp. leagues. Double header games are played on Sunday’s at both the Kelley and Seymour complexes. There is a North and a South division, with a total of 15 teams. The parishes represented in the league are Holy Cross, Mary Our Queen, St. Bernadette (2), St. Columbkille, St. Margaret Mary, St. Joan of Arc, St. Patrick's, St.'s Peter & Paul, St. Pius X, St. Robert's, St. Stephen's, St. Thomas More, St. Vincent de Paul, & St. Wenceslaus.
The CMSPL started in the early 1960’s, actually preceding the organization of Omaha city softball, which started in 1965-66. During its peak, there were 5 divisions (North, South, Southwest, Central, and Pius) with each division containing 8-12 teams each. There were approximately 60 teams with many parishes having several teams. St. Pius had their own division with 10 different teams. Other parishes with multiple teams were Holy Ghost with 3, St.’s Peter & Paul with 3, St. Thomas More with 3, Holy Cross with 2, and Christ the King with 2. There were around 25 different parishes represented in the league.
In the beginning, the Kelley and Seymour complexes did not exist, so the games were played at the Holy Cross fields, Towl Park, Upland, Boyd, Industrial, Adams, 27th & Craig, Dodge Park, Holy Ghost, and Churchich. League games were played on Sunday’s at 5:00 & 6:00 pm for nearly 50 years, until it changed in 2010 to 4:30 & 5:30 pm to create a better fit with the other nightly games.
When Omaha organized a softball association in the mid 60’s, the CMSPL played a major role by bringing aboard its many teams. Early CMSPL team managers have shared stories of how softball registration in the early days consisted of a meeting on Carl and Lola Kelley’s front porch and lawn. Information was given out for the upcoming season, rules were discussed, and league fees were paid right there at the Kelley’s house.
The CMSPL would like to recognize some people for their contributions.
Former players, managers, and/or Omaha softball board members - Mike Leahy, Bob Kubot, Jim Bojanski, Denny Smid, Don Jensen, Joe Griener, and all of the team managers that run the current, and past, CMSPL teams.
If anyone knows of others (and there are many others) that have helped to further our league, please submit names so that we can recognize them.