Michael was a great guy. He was a manager on many sports team and he loved to help out whenever he could. He always had a smile to share and good word for all of the team participants. He certainly made the teams better for his particpation as he did it with much joy and enthusiasm. I miss your smile my friend and thank you for all the selfless hours you spent "managing" the teams and making it better for all of us! You were a real champion.
Mary Litchfield (Tuel)
Mike was a Salsipuedes kid, and in fact we were near neighbors in Green Valley so we always rode the same bus, and I always knew him. Once on the monkey bars at Salsipuedes I accidently swung into him and hit him in the stomach! I didn't mean to, but forever after that I think he viewed me with wariness!
He was a nice kid. Once after my dad died in 1975 he came by my mother's house when I happened to be visiting and he expressed his condolences for my father's passing, which I appreciated. That was the last time I saw him, and I was sorry to hear of his passing. He is but one of many people with whom I'd like to talk about growing up in Watsonville - but so many of them are gone now.
Rest in peace, Michael.
I remember Mike as Bill does. He was a team manager and a nice fellow who was very helpful. I hadn't seen Mike since hgh school but in 1995 my boys were playing in a high school baseball tournament at Harvey West Stadium in Santa Cruz and Mike was one of the umpires. I was surprised to see him and we had a nice chat after the game. I'm sad to learn of his passing.
I remember Mike (Stubby) Stubblefield when we worked together picking black berries one summer, as well as in high school. In later years he umpired some of the city league softball games I participated in. He was impartial, and fair, a good umpire. Sometimes, after games, we would get together, and talk. In later years, and when his illness took it's toll on him, I would sometimes see him riding down Freedom boulevard on his motorized chair. He never let his disability get the best of him. He was a fighter to the end. Rest in peace old friend.
Rest In Peace Mike , you will be missed . Your love of sports attests to your devotion to community & family .
Salsipuedes Rules! Mike and I and Mary knew the good ole days at Salsi.
Mike would buy me an ice cream bar at Salsi for lunch once in a while, I don't know why but our friendship
continued from the little league days when he played and we were on the first teams of the Salsipuedes league.
I had come from the Mels Yankeys, and we formed a team called the Mustangs, with Bill Colbert, Glen Gondo, Ron Benich, I can't remember the rest. (The mind s going). Mike was there and he was a catcher, and annoncer.
Later Mike had accident with his leg,and was confined to a wheel chair, every time I could I would pull over and park, intersect him and have a good visit." good guy", sad ending. My friend.