It happened again. Last night I began writing a short story and the main character was developing nicely. The year was 1971 and he was driving a ’65 Ford Galaxie Convertible down a dirt road in the North Carolina foothills heading towards…
This morning I had a good breakfast, walked and played with the dog and then prepared my workspace to continue writing. The strong Texas wind blew through my HD antenna and distracted me with its whistling and eerie groans.
The signed baseball sitting on my workstation beckoned. It had been in one of those rare boxes I’d kept from when I liquidated all my other belongings preparing to hit the road full time in an RV. The ten names had never meant anything to me so instead of writing my story, I learned…
In May of 2011, Harmon Killebrew died of Cancer. His career lasted twenty two years including eight seasons with forty or more homeruns.
Nicknamed Diamond Jim; James Edward Gentile was born June 3, 1934 in San Francisco. The first baseman’s career was spent with the Dodgers, Orioles, Athletics, Astros and the Indians.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1984, Luis Aparicio nee Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel was born April 29, 1934. From 1956 to 1973 he played for the White Sox, the Orioles and the Red Sox.
Signed by the Boston Braves in ’47, Dick Donovan’s career was interrupted by military service. He joined the Chicago White Sox during 1955 as a pitcher.
Steven Absher Hamilton was born November 1935 and died in December of 1997 in Kentucky. Usually as a relief pitcher, his career spanned 421 games.
Born in Raytown, Missouri July 1934, William Robert “Bob” Allison died in April of 1995. From 1958 to 1970 he played the position of outfielder for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins.
Once a school teacher, Richard “Dick” Raymond Radatz lived from 1937 to 2005. The relief pitcher played for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and the Montreal Expos.
A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and with a 22 year career with the Detroit Tigers, Albert William “Al” Kaline was born in December 1934 in Baltimore Maryland.
Forrest Harrill “Smoky” Burgess lived from 1927 until 1991 and was a Major League Baseball catcher from 1949 to 1967. He also scouted and coached and became known as a pinch hitter.
Albert “Albie” Gregory Pearson was born in Alhambra, California during September of 1934 and during his career was one of the smallest players in Major League Baseball. He was with the Senators, the Orioles and the California Angels.
It is now 4:00 in the afternoon and the winds are still howling. My dog wants to go for his afternoon walk. And I have yet to write a word…