The Summer of 1973: The Expos The summer of 1973 was a mixed bag of tremendous fun, a little bit of concern, and a whole lot more learning than a kid should have to do during his summer break from school. The tremendous fun was playing on the best JAA Continental League baseball team during… Read More The Speed of Life: The Summer of 1973: The Expos
[Presented with slight apologies to the townsfolk of Yorktown for the slight exaggerations of rural life in Mt. Pleasant Township during the 1970s. I love and miss my hometown and alma mater.] Fourth grade was a memorable year. Our teacher, Mrs. Prather, was a great instructor and a true character. She was funny, was full… Read More The Speed of Life: Changes
Subcutaneous Irritation Yorktown Elementary School was attached to the next stage of my educational path, Yorktown Middle School. The final stage of the path, Yorktown High School, was located on the north side of the White River. The high school became a familiar sight over the years as our family often drove past it on… Read More The Speed of Life: Subcutaneous Irritation
Same Thing, Different Meaning Dad approached the new JAA season exactly like the one a year before. We started with the fundamentals of running the bases, throwing, and fielding for a few practices before working on hitting and game situations. Like the year before, Tom was on the team and his dad assisted as a… Read More The Speed of Life: Same Thing, Different Meaning
A New Year, A New Look My head reflexively pulled back at what I was seeing. Holy crap! I thought. I looked around my environment to take it all in: the posters; the books; my mom smiling back at me; the diplomas hanging behind her; and, finally, back up at the man who made this… Read More The Speed of Life: A New Year, A New Look
JAA: Confusion A few days after “The Rarity in Right Field” – as my miraculous catch came to be known – the Dodgers were mired in yet another losing effort during our last game of the regular season. This game was meaningless, so Dad and Tom’s dad talked it over and made the decision to… Read More The Speed of Life: Confusion
I Signed Up For This? Ordinarily, nothing could have torn me away from the Saturday morning cartoons. This particular Saturday morning was unique. This Saturday morning was the time to sign up for JAA baseball. There were dozens of dads and sons gathered in a lobby at the school when Dad and I arrived, most… Read More The Speed of Life: I Signed Up For This?