LaFortune Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Summer of 1977. This is a picture of me and my little sister sharing some Pepsi and Cracker Jacks at dusk, just before the big game. It reminds me of so many summers I spent with my coaches, Mom and Dad. My little sister was the bat girl and also my number one fan! The Eisenhower Wildcats 3rd grade softball team were Tulsa City Tournament Champions that year with a one run victory! When we won the game I can remember my Dad running out on the field and picking me up and throwing me in the air! We had worked so hard and practiced everyday and it had all paid off at that moment. St. Francis Hospital was just across the street from the park and I vividly remember that it had a water fountain with lights in it that changed colors every few seconds. Not knowing then that they were always there, I thought the lights were on just for us. To this day, when I drive by the hospital I think of that moment and laugh. I was a second grader then that was the pitcher for an "older" team. It was so exciting and I was hooked! I can remember as little girl when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always say "a professional softball pitcher". I didn't quite turn pro, but I later became a Division I Softball pitcher at University of Kansas on a scholarship. I guess you could say that it wasn't your usual American dream, but it was mine. My Kodak moment is with Cracker Jacks, Pepsi, and a little cheerleader, my little sister, that made this memory so special.
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