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NJAA 5th Anniversary a big success
The National Jai-alai Association celebrated its 5th anniversary Saturday
with a "Merry Festival" like atmosphere as a record number of players
engaged in an exciting 8-game performance. The event was attended by about
70 people with 25 players participating. Various singles, doubles and a
unique game featuring only ex and current pro players. Some former pro
players drove all day to play on the card, including former Newport players
Jai-a-Lou and Denver. Puryear park "alums" Rocco and Sebio played, while
another Puryear alum Derek had to scratch due to a bad back. America's
first American jai-alai player, Randy, also scratched for a family event.
The event featured a 20-page, preset 8 game lineup and included a
colorful 20 page program. A smoker and BBQ grill was set up along with the
program stand and gift shop with T shirts. All the "Matt" balls have now
sold out. Some great cheeseburgers and smoked chicken were prepared by Brian
and Herberto. The booth was attended by Ariana Garcia. Play started on
time at 5pm, and was over in a crisp 2 hours and 15 minutes. Skies were
cloudy and the 50% chance of rain predicted went to the north and south of
The big highlight and drawing card for the event had to be the new wall.
Raised four feet under the direction of contractor Scott King, the court has
an entire new look and play. Several balls played off the wall with no
problem, often sounding like a shot off the Green Monster. Mr. King needs
to be commended for his hard work of several days out there getting the
court ready for play. There was no pay involved - the city's Weeki Wachee
fund only covered the materials.
Jai-alai legend Sarmiento, 84, threw out the first ball. It was a perfect
throw - as expected! He won the first singles game ever played at Tampa
Jai-Alai in 1953 and was the top ITM player the 1953-1954 seasons.
Everybody had a good time, and perhaps we can do this yearly, instead of
waiting till 2018 for the 10th anniversary event!
The only negative item was that one player failed to show, Julio. Julio confirmed to play April
10th but never showed up, nor did he say he wasn't coming. EricM filled in his post positions. (Game #2 Post 6)(Game #4 Post 8)(Game #8 Post 4)
Click Below for full program of event and click any pic to enlarge.
After years of hard work and determination, the NJAA is proud of it's first accomplishment - the City of St. Petersburg is the first municipality in the United States to build an amateur jai-alai court for public play! Plan on joining us for our "Merry Festival"
City of St. Pete City Council Meetings and Events
St. Pete City Council Meeting on December 6th, 2007 on Jai-Alai
Perfect game! St. Pete City Council on December 20, 2007 approves additional jai-alai funds by 7-0 vote!
The Innovation and Persistence Award is given to Paul Kubala of the Edgemoor Neighborhood Association and the NJAA