Childhood Baseball Memories....

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc)

Thanks to Rich and Danny of baseball 101...here is my childhood baseball memory...as best I can remember it anyway  

My memory is of a baseball league I had formed with a number of neighborhood kids.I don't remember the year...but it was many years ago.   

It was like a regular little league and I was made the statistician,as I was the math wiz and everyone knew I would enjoy doing this.  

We had a spring training...although March in November,with some snow still on the ground...made it a bit rough...but we were kids..we didn't care..it was BASEBALL!  

One of our special guest players was a pitcher from the local Double A baseball franchise the Millers. They were the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Rick would see us play and asked if he could join us on his off days...and we were like....COOL....of course!  

I was a pitcher...a pretty good one actually.As a pitcher,I wasn't much of a hitter(is any pitcher?LOL)...but did get a bunch of singles and doubles...but that is all. Pitching was my game....I taught myself a number of pitches that one day would haunt me...but as a kid....was so cool..because no one could hit me....including the Pro Player!  We kept trying to out pitch each other though(Big Mistake)...LOL    

I taught myself this submarining curveball that I would throw directly at the batter and it would break over the plate(most of the time!)Hence I had kids dancing around at home plate thinking I was gonna hit them and it would come back and be a strike.If they hung in there..and it didn't break....PLUNK!  

I also taught myself how to throw the screwball and knuckleball..which I also used...I threw a blooper ball(The eephus pitch)too...which no one throws anymore in the big leagues since Dave Laroche ....The Ol LaLob!  

I just went and dug out a box that had our stats for that year...I pitched 273 1/3 innings and had 498 strikeouts and 49 HBP...god I am a packrat!LOL  

As you can tell,that was a lot of pitches I threw for someone so young...and they were herky jerky types and I ended up throwing out my arm..today,I can't even skip a rock across the water without going ouch...LOL  

OH BUT it was so much fun playing the great american pastime....back in those days..it was all for the love of the game and not the $$$$$ today's players are so in love with.  

The epilogue here...our good friend the minor league pitcher ended up throwing out his arm as well and had to retire from baseball not soon after....I hope I didn't have anything to do with that...LOL

Comments (16)

Keith Hoffman
1st Advantage Mortgage - Lombard, IL
1st Advantage Mortgage - Residential Mortgage Specialist
Well my friend, it's over now! NMow if you played Whiffle Ball like I did, your arm would still be in geat shape, you might have a few balls left that never went into the street gutter and your legs might still be able to round third base...LOL

Have a great day!.....And you are up and going pretty early this morning.
Keith
Jan 08, 2008 10:59 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Keith..I am an early bird...LOL

Also played whiffle ball too....but you never knew where the ball was going....but there was never any base running involved..so that was always cool!LOL

Jan 08, 2008 11:10 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around
Maybe you should have played stick ball.  I remember playing that in my neighborhood with the other kids.  We had a great time and no one ever threw their arm out.
Jan 08, 2008 11:10 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Brigita,I used to play that too..we called it picky...with a very small ball and a broom handle type stick
Jan 08, 2008 11:43 PM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru
Rick, ever so the Entrepreneur even in your childhold. And ever so the pack rat. Great Blog.
Jan 09, 2008 02:35 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Thanks Danny...wish I hadn't thrown out my arm though...look at the millions I could have made...LOL
Jan 09, 2008 03:15 AM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN
BLR Guy - That would have been so cool as a kid to have been able to hang around a minor league ballplayer. And the whiffle ball, man they would go crazy! The whiffle ball bats were pretty good for whacking your younger brother though! Ouch!
Jan 09, 2008 04:21 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
You are right Rich...he was a pretty good guy...wish he hadn't broken down and had to retire..otherwise...I would have struck out a major leaguer...over and over at age 12...LOL
Jan 09, 2008 05:13 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
Great story. Growing up in the Northeast, we as kids were lucky to be near the minor league teams, let alone the major league...it was great to be a kid then!
Jan 09, 2008 12:44 PM
blreast therealty4u
Beach and Luxury Realty, Inc. - New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Great you and the broker (and a few others) have some happy childhood memories....

but maybe better still... somehow... (maybe by being a packRAT!- 'the most faded ink better than the best memory' et al that)... at YOUR AGE... you can still remember it..           lol

Glad there were good times had by all...

But Here's to Hopefully... GREAT MEMORIES YET to BE MADE!

even if your pitching has to be limited to  only playing  on a Nintendo Wii  ....

 

Jan 09, 2008 08:50 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Cris..I would have preferred to grow up in hot and sticky Florida....they have minor league ball close by here too...LOL
Jan 09, 2008 08:55 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Thanks BLREast....I do tend to keep stuff....I have all my 5 cent Richie Rich comic books too..LOL I guess,I will never know when I might need to read about the poor little rich kid again!
Jan 09, 2008 08:57 PM
blreast therealty4u
Beach and Luxury Realty, Inc. - New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Maybe those comics.. and baseball cards will be worth cashing out someday.....

so sad, some of us never bought any ........ (maybe one comic? don't remember.....but packrat other things I suppose.....lol)...

 

but maybe BLR will have to join the local softball league with a team.... if you haven't already?   maybe you just support a little league team?    and save the arm..... for Active Rain...!

Jan 09, 2008 09:03 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

LOL I do have my baseball cards...now that you mention it!

Nope,my playing days are over...I stick to sponsoring my little rugrat ball teams!

Jan 09, 2008 09:06 PM
Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
That's a great story and a great memory. The common thread in all of these posts is the GAME. It doesn't matter if it's Pro, Minor league, Little League or Sandlot, baseball holds a special place in our lives.
Jan 10, 2008 12:46 PM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Jim..You are right..it sure does!It was more enjoyable then though than it is now.
Jan 10, 2008 07:12 PM