Democrat Photo by Frank Rizzo
Barbuti of Liberty identifies teammates from a
long-ago photo to Sun King manager Steve Prince
and Mike Ligotti, former scorekeeper for the
perennial Liberty Mens Slo-Pitch Softball
By Frank Rizzo
LIBERTY July 25, 2000 When 85-year-old
Charlie Barbuti Sr. of Liberty took to the mound for the
Sun King softball team earlier this season, he marked his
ninth decade of playing in an organized softball league.
The occasion was a Liberty Mens Slo-Pitch Softball
League contest between Sun King and the Little Beaverkill
Inn at the Liberty Elementary School softball Želd.
Sun King manager Steve Prince let Barbuti start the game,
and the octogenarian acquitted himself well against
skilled players one-quarter his age. He was replaced by
regular starter Mike Juron with Sun King down 9-5.
Eventually, Barbutis team came back to win.
It was nice of Steve to let me play, Barbuti
Barbuti Žrst played on the Elementary School Želd in
1938 for the Liberty Engine Company No. 3 team (both
softball and hardball).
We used to play the Grossingers team, and
thered be 2,000 people in the stands, Barbuti
In addition to being on the roster of Sun King, Barbuti
is also active with the Sullivan County Seniors softball