Just some thoughts:
YOUR GREATEST DAY
You know the start of a new year is a good time to do two things. One is look back and two, is look forward. As you think about the past and the future you ever thought about the question Buck O’Neal was once asked?
The great black baseball player Buck O’Neal was once asked by a sports writer what was his greatest day.
“Easter Sunday, 1943 Memphis, Tennessee. I was first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs then. We were playing the Memphis Red Sox. First time up, I hit a double. Next time up I hit a single. Third time up, I hit the ball over the left-field fence for a home run. Fourth time up, I hit a long fly ball to right field. As I ran to first I yelled,’hit the fence, hit the fence. The ball hit the fence. It skipped past the outfielder. I ran around the bases. My third-base coach called me home. I could have had an inside-the -park home run. But I stopped at third, You know why? Cycle, I said. I got the cycle. Single, double, triple, home run.”
The Soul of Baseball–
A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America
I might add O’Neil also said that night he met Ora, who later would become his wife. They were married fifty plus years.
Fair question isn’t it. “What’s your greatest day?”
I thought about that. You know one might have their greatest day and not know it was or aware of the significance of that day. Only years later might they look back and realize it was their greatest day. Think about that for a moment.
Do you know what was your greatest day? My greatest day very well could have been in 1942 when I was three months old, a social worker took me to a house on South 4th street in Terre Haute, Indiana. Again, sometimes we might not even be aware of when it was our “our greatest day.”
“The thread of memories is the vessel to sanity.”
January 2, 2020