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Local 83-year-old an award-winning softball player
Bob Darnell
Cumming resident Bob Darnell recently, with his softball team, won the USSSA National Tournament in Las Vegas. Darnell said his “biggest cheerleader” is wife, Patricia, right. - photo by For the FCN

Cumming resident Bob Darnell may be 83, but he doesn’t let his age keep him from doing what he loves most: playing softball.

He started playing softball when he was 20 years old and hasn’t looked back.

Bob Darnell
Just a couple months ago, in September, Bob Darnell’s softball team, “Center for Sight,” qualified to play in Las Vegas and won the USSSA National Tournament there. - photo by For the FCN
Just a couple months ago, in September, his team, “Center for Sight,” qualified to play in Las Vegas and won the USSSA National Tournament there.

His team was among 611 other teams in all age brackets at the tournament from all around the country. He played eight games in four days and received a championship awards ring.

There are senior softball tournaments held throughout the year all over the United States, and teams can qualify by playing in these tournaments. The age for senior softball: 50-85.

Darnell has also been invited to play in the Senior World Games in Utah, which are part of the Senior World Olympics.

He said he’s been awarded many medals and trophies over the years for both offense and defense. Wife Patricia Black Darnell said her husband has collected more than 50 trophies over the years, displaying them “all over our house until we ran out of space … we joked about building another room to hold all his trophies.” 

Bob ended up donating his collection to the couple’s church, First Redeemer Baptist in Cumming. The church uses his trophies in their sports programs.

Bob Darnell said his “biggest cheerleader” is wife, Patricia.