Saturday November 26th, 2022

New Team —> Tailgaters Charles Cunningham


Charles Cunningham 

USSSA Playing History


2012 Inteview

Why do you like the game of softball?
I play softball for the competition and friendships.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen?
I would have to say Carl Rose.  There are also a lot of great players I get to see on weekends like Wegs, Helmer, Jr. and many others.

Where do you call home?
Seattle, Washington

Moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 8 weeks

What do you do for a living?
Im a Genral Contractor.

What positions do you play?
I play 3B,2B,1B,C,EH.

What is your nickname in softball?
C-Ham or Ham

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes, I wrestled and played baseball in high school.  In college I played baseball.  I got a few work outs with some a major league teams but nothing ever came of it.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level? 
I started playing softball for my dads teams when they were short people at the age of 14.  Once I was done playing baseball I played on an E team for 3 years.  Was then picked up by a local C team and soon after was picked up by Tacoma Dodge in '06.  I got my chance to play in the conference in '08 when my good friends Brent Haugen and Brian Higgenbotham asked me to fill in with their team, Combat USA.  I finished out the season with them.

What batting grip do you use?
I use an overlap grip.

What ounce bat do you use and what is your favorite bat of alltime?
I swing a 30oz bat.  My favorite bat of all times has to be the original Synergy + (the black and green one).

Do you prefer composite bats or aluminum?
I prefer composite.  Mostly for the durabilty.  When I first started playing, aluminum bats didn't last long.

What is your favorite sports team?
I'm a big Red Sox fan.

What is your favorite sport other than softball?
It would be a tossup between golf and bowling.   I do both when I'm not playing softball.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Yes I do. I have to shave every morning before I play.

What is your most memorable softball moment?
My most memorable softball moment was in 2008, I had just been picked up by Combat USA.  We were playing in the Major World Series and in the winner's bracket final.  We ended up taking 3rd and I made the All-World team.

Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
I feel it's a sport because of the hard work I have to put in to stay on top of my game.

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think by limiting teams to so many major players it would make the upper levels more competive.

What is a good defensive tip you could give a new player?
Work hard at making the routine plays and try hard for the spectacular ones.

What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Dudley in Minnesota

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I was playing in a local tournament when I saw a lady ask Chris Larson to sign her chest.








One response to “New Team —> Tailgaters Charles Cunningham”

  1. Randy noe says:

    Do you know the guy mike from tailgaters?
    I played for him 20 years ago. Was looking for his number?
    Thank you

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