Retired Postal Worker Plays Collegiate Baseball for MCCC; He’s Not Just Mailing It In, Either
A steady figure at the baseball games of the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs is a bit more jowly, portly, and grayer than the other players — enough so that it’s easy to mistake him for a coach or a player’s dad.
He’s Jim Fullan, a legit member of the squad at age 56. Jason Nark caught his story for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fullan, an Ambler resident, played baseball as a kid and eventually took the field for Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills.
Post-high school, he joined the U.S. Army and melded his service into a career as a U.S. Postal Service employee.
But baseball continued to beckon.
So in his retirement, he shopped his skills.
He wasn’t interested in some soft-pitch senior league; rather, he wanted collegiate baseball with prime players.
Coach Mike Fitzgerald gave him a shot: “If you’re good enough, you can play.”
Fullan made the Blue Bell community college team. Concurrently, he’s carrying a full academic roster.
He’s balancing the lectures with the league, But more, he’s lifting morale.
He’s a mature presence, obviously,” said coach Fitzgerald. “[But] when these kids see how hard he’s working, that he’s doing everything they’re doing at his age, I hope it motivates them.”
More on Jim Fullan is at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
This Bally Sports Detroit report profiles baseball players in their 70s.
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