Just some thoughts:
MISFORTUNE TO FORTUNE
Often one’s misfortune can become another’s good fortune.
That was the case with baseball player Joe Swell. In 1920 the young ball player, who in 1977 would be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, got his start in the big leagues because of the game’s greatest tragedy. Sewell was the player called up from the minors after the death of Ray Chapman. Chapman was the Cleveland Indians player who in 1920 was hit in the head and died.
Sewell had one of the most remarkable records in the history of baseball. He had a lifetime batting average of .312 but he was the hardest man in the history of baseball to strike out. In fourteen seasons in the majors he stuck out only 114 times. Remarkable. He once went 437 consecutive times at the plate without striking out. In two seasons 1930 and 1932 he struck out only three times.
Here is a guy when told he was being called up to the majors said to his manager, “I can’t go I’m not good enough to play in the majors.” He went from “not being good enough” to being one of the best and the hardest guy in baseball to strike out.
Sewell would later retire to his home in Alabama and become the baseball coach at the University of Alabama.
“It was funny how things worked out,” said Sewell. “In some ways he had enjoyed the type of career that had been predicted for Chapman. As I look back, I know it was Chapman’s death that made a star out of me.”
The Pitch that Killed–Mike Sewell
Sadly all this because of the tragedy of another. Unfortunately we all have seen this happen, someone’s misfortune becomes another’s fortune. That’s life.
“You never know what’s ahead of you until you try”-
August 30, 2019