Baseball and other Games

Ah, it is springtime and the blessed rains have come along with the cry “Play Ball!”. I am looking forward to watching the boys of summer play whether it is sandlot or the Tulsa Driller games in town. I might also get to see the granddaughters of summer as well since our Alayna Bell is playing on her team in Skiatook. Even at the ripe old age of 9 she is playing with all her heart as are all the young ladies on the team. The Dirt Divas have been struggling thus far but I am sure success is around the corner.

On April 21, 1934 Mr. Moe Berg, a Washington Senators baseball catcher (and later US spy), played an American League record 117th consecutive errorless game. In 1934, five years before he retired as a player, Berg made a trip to Japan as part of a traveling major league All-Star team. One might wonder what the seldom-used catcher, a .251 hitter that season, was doing playing with the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Berg, who spoke Japanese, took home movies of the Tokyo skyline that were used in the planning of General Jimmy Doolittle’s 1942 bombing raids on the Japanese capital. The U.S. government wrote a letter to Berg, thanking him for the movies.

Sorry to have missed last week’s offering but due to a loss in the family I had to put in for leave for just a bit. Not wanting to be AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) I cleared things with the Commander and our wonderful newspaper staff.

Our last Post meeting at the Hut was rather special. Of course Chef Sebert did an outstanding job. If the Supreme Commander put chicken on this earth for no other reason it was for the likes of Jerry Sebert to reflect its glory through the culinary arts. Dick Pope came in attired in all Buck pride purple. It had been awhile so having him, Rex Mantooth, and John Fields together was one for the books. We also held our annual elections. Things are pretty much the same except your humble correspondent now holds the position of 2nd Vice Commander (head coffee fetcher lol)   and, if my Spidey senses are good, we may have a new Service Officer. I’ll let you know how that turns out later.

Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM (tonight). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in April are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

 

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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