Just some thoughts:
Most everyone at one time or another has had difficulties with priorities.
When I was a kid I loved baseball along with basketball. I could wear out my high school baseball coach in hitting me ground balls. I still remember the day he said, “Adamson if we can get you to hit the curve ball a bit better we might have a chance of getting you some college help (scholarship) at a small school.” Well I never hit the curve ball better and it sure would have had to be a very small school.
The St. Louis Cardinals, National League, and Chicago White Sox’s, American League were my two teams. But two players I followed almost daily were with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Carl Erskine and Gil Hodges. You see they both were “Hoosiers” and even if they were at that God forsaken place of New York City we could still pull for them. Erskine was from Anderson and Hodges Petersburg and Princeton.
“He wore a wedding band on the ring finger of his left hand. And the cross hanging from a thin chain around his neck not only was tiny but–unlike later generations of athletes–was tucked beneath his uniform. On the ring finger of his right hand was a 1955 World Series ring–the only championship the Brooklyn Dodgers ever won. The two rings, and the cross, symbolized the three things that meant the most to Hodges: family, God and work–in that order. And if ever there was a man who could keep his priorities straight, it was Gil Hodges.”
Gil Hodges–A Hall of Fame Life–—Mort Zachter
The Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax said of Hodges:
“Gil Hodges was not only a good player and
manager; he was a special human being.”
It was never hard to root for Erskine and Hodges not cause they were from Indiana but it always appeared to me they had their priorities in the right places.
June 24, 2019
Posted July 10, 2019