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Not exactly a band member but a Bolton Bomber member...remember them??? 

Bolen named to Old Timers Hall of Fame

Mike Bolen is shown during his time playing for the Steele�s.
Mike Bolen is shown during his time playing for the Steele’s.
Posted Saturday, April 9, 2016 11:22 pm

On April 22, the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department’s Old Timers Hall of Fame will induct the new members for 2016.

James “Mike” Bolen will be joining the previously announced honorees as Hall of Famers.

Announced inductees for 2016 are Johnny Borders, coach; John Varnell, football; Mike Johnson, baseball; Bob McIntire, golf; Joe Waddell, wrestling; and Ann Pugh-Armstrong, Fred Craigmiles, Karen Richter May, Gene Isom and David “Latt” Lattimore, all for basketball.

Inductees into the Old Timers Hall of Fame are individuals who have had a positive impact on local sports programs either as a coach or player.

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on April 22 at the Museum Center at Five Points. Tickets are available at City Parks and Recreation or by calling 479-4129.

Bolen said he began playing softball at age 13 at the Old Community Center under Ralph Rymer.

When Bolen’s grandfather, J.L. Parker, took over as coach, Bolen played for him at the Community Center, Cleveland Water System and Cleveland Merchants.

“In 1976, I joined Rockholts Furniture out of Decatur. This was my first really good power team,” Bolen said.

In 1977, Bolen and fellow Clevelanders Eddie Corum, Mike Fitzgerald and Jerry Ratcliff joined the Burnette & Associates team from Chattanooga.

“We had a really powerful team, winning several tournaments and achieving a high ranking nationally,” he said.

In 1979, Bolen split the year with Burnette and LE-AL Company. In the late 1970s, the team won several state championships.

In 1980, Bolen joined Dave Carroll Sports and then Dave Carroll Skoal Bandits. “Both were super teams,” he said.

“In 1980, we finished runner-up in the USSSA World Series. I won my first All World selection in 1980 and led the nation in batting average and home runs in 1981. Sherrills Ford, N.C., was the location of the team,” he said.

“In 1982, 1983 and 1984, I joined the Jerry’s Catering out of Miami, Fla. We won two ASA national titles and two USSSA World Series championships,” Bolen said.

Bolen said he played with Steele’s Sports out of Grafton, Ohio, in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

“We toured the country playing softball,” Bolen said. “We played in every state except Alaska, including Canada. I hit around 1,300 home runs and batted over 700 with Steele’s. We won three ASA national championships and one NSA title as well as two Smoky Mountain titles and runner-up USSSA. I was featured in our team article in Sports Illustrated in 1986.”

With Howard’s Furniture in 1988, Bolen’s team won the ISA world Series and finished runner-up in the USSSA World Series.

“I also played with Michael Bolton’s softball team, The Bolton Bombers, for several years. We played across the country doing charity games,” he noted.

“I always played locally while traveling with major teams,” Bolen said.

He said he played on nine World Champion teams — five ASA (three with Steele’s and two with Jerry’s); two USSSA with Jerry’s’ one NSA with Steele’s; and one ISA with Howard’s.

He also played on 12 All World teams — five ASA, four USSSA, one NSA and two Slow Pitch conference.

Thanks for finding and posting that article Gail......very interesting, thanks !!! :)

Sylvia  Your wee Scottish friend


For information Jason Peterson DeLaire, Michael's saxophonist and keyboard player, has a new song out called "Downtown" and you can listen to it and download on Spotify and you can also purchase it from Amazon USA.  Link takes you to spotify and hope have no problems listening too and hope you enjoy !!! :)

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


Here is an article about a former band member, Carol Jarvis.  Seems she has been fighting cancer but has come through.  This is an article about her fight and a picture of her, Michael and Seal each kissing her on the cheek.

Thanks for posting Gail and so, so glad to hear treatment was a success for Carol and long may she stay in remission.  Last heard about Carol was from a tweet she sent Michael in 2014 when he was coming over to do his tour and saying about meeting up for a pint.....hope they managed it and hope they do again.

Thanks again Gail !!! :)

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


Have already posted about Jason's new single "Downtown" but here is a video he has had made to go along with and it is terrific.  Nelson Braxton made the video with Jason and just for information Michael has endorsed everyone showing Jason love and support, for this song, by a post he put out. 

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


Just to share with you that Jason Peterson DeLaire, Michael's saxophonist and keyboard player, has now posted his video for his new song, "Downtown" to YouTube and here is link

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


Just wanted to let everyone know of the passing of Michaels backing singer Vann Johnson who passed this morning . She had been ill for a while and lost her battle .
RIP Vann

For information Michael had sent above tweet, contained in link, on the passing of Vann Johnson and he says :. "Vann lives on forever in my heart"

Sylvia. Your wee Scottish friend
Thank you, Sylvia. Very sad . She was an amazing singer . Regards ,

Here is Obituary for Vann Johnson as posted in the Los Angeles Times .....

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend


Hey everyone just wanted to let you all know Michael's long time touring bassist, Nelson Braxton has just released a NEW CD! Recorded all over the world while touring with Michael, it also features 3 of MB's guitarists...Ryan Parrino, Errol Cooney, and Chris Camozzi. It's really great go check the album out here:


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