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Baseball Dreams

He wanted to be just like his hero. Turned out he was ...

At the age of 12, I remember sitting on the edge of my bed at home and praying to God to make me like a baseball player of the time. It was 1959 and many people including me thought he was the greatest ever player – I still do.

When I was 18, I was an average American Legion baseball player and had just about given up on playing professional baseball. Did I mention that at the age of 16, I found alcohol? It was the cure for all my problems. I played baseball one year in college but then I quit.

I stayed in college one more year, then I went into the Army and Vietnam. When I... Login to read more
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