Most ignoble baseball clod, I-
little league bat authored one foul.
Charged my lone fielding chance
(bases loaded single), and fell over.
Terror pinned me and ball aground
as 4 Rotary guys got the 'home plate special'
(but saved me an order of crow).
3 base error on a CLEANLY FIELDED BALL!.
Never played again.
Nine years pass,
Salem Pirate pitcher Jerry Thomas
critiques my "delivery";
the blazer whipcracks almost 60 mph
knee high over an imaginary inside corner
(drills the Waffle House sign egg in left).
Thomas says I MADE A GOOD PITCH!
Not a lightly taken compliment -
Jerry's Double A career e.r.a. is 0.00.
.877 fielding third sacker Milt Jefferson
reflexes a '73 Bill Nahorodny
Carolina League rocket 11 feet high,
Thomas throws one scoreless inning
as a '77 Shreveport Captain,
my cerebral palsied muscles
co-ordinate a memorybank pitch the same year,
and therein lies baseball's most overlooked beauty.
Sometimes Jimmy Olson gets to be Superman.
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