Here's a short video capturing the action down at the Big Sur ballpark. The music is Led Zeppelin's "Rock 'n Roll" played by Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Page. Enjoy!
For more than 30 years, a very colorful and surprisingly competitive softball league has provided fun, entertainment and a sense of community for the residents of Big Sur, California. The rules of the league are influenced by its unusual "ballpark," which actually features trees in the field of play. The ballpark lies on sunny flat alongside the Big Sur River within the boundaries of Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park. Here, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from the beginning of May through the end of August, locals gather to watch teams like the Outlaws, the Dogs and the Burritos renew ancient rivalries.
Here are the 2021 Big Sur Softball champions, the Nepenthe Outlaws.
Big Sur Softball
Here are the 1976 Big Sur Softball Champions, the Nepenthe Outlaws.
Like any recreational sport, some play to win and others simply play to have fun. While winning isn't everything, it's still worth a whole lot. It is doubtful that the 1976 Outlaws took winning quite as seriously as the 2014 Big Sur Deli. Stories are still told of how a keg of beer was stationed at second base back in the old days, and runners were required to down a cup before proceeding to third base. But it didn't take long before Big Sur softball players were playing for a trophy and not another cup of beer.
Here's Shannon Boyle singing the National Anthem at opening day June 19, 2017, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.