Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
Week 15. Sports. Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?
As I was growing up, sports were not a major activity for my family. Of course we would attend High School sports activities, mainly basketball, some football. The one sports event I remember is the World Series, we could listen to the games during our school day. My team was the Brooklyn Dodgers. I always rooted for them, especially when they played against the Yankees.
Even during my college days, I only attended a few sporting events.
But when my youngest was 6 years old he wanted to play baseball, so I became a baseball Mom for the next 14-16 years. He played T-ball, community ball, and then tried out for a traveling ball team, and played with them through High School years. He played on a Babe Ruth League, he played for American Legion teams and 4 years of High School. Then received a baseball scholarship to attend a two year college, using this to get his Associate Degree.
His ball playing took us all over the state of Kansas, playing Kansas teams, and some from other states. He also traveled with winning team to play in Minnesota. I have a picture of my son, standing on third base in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament was State All-Star teams from several states. Our team was playing and the game was postponed due to rain. Well, everyone was speculating, saying maybe the Twins will let us use the “Dome” to finish out our games. The next morning when we were told meet at the “Dome” to finish the game, the reaction was:
“What did you say?”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
They weren’t kidding. Our boys went on to win their game, and play a complete game at the Metrodome. They didn’t win the tournament, but what an experience. Before we left, we watched the Twins and the Royals play in the Metrodome. (My picture of this is put away due to remodeling.)
Another year we again went to Ely Minnesota for a tournament. It was another amazing trip.
After his college years he went with a Kansas Team to Amsterdam, to play ball, he did this for 2 years. Then he was asked to come back and help, he spent 6 months in Amsterdam, helping young baseball players. As much, mom would have like to join him, she did not get the chance to travel over to see him play.
A GAME IN HOLLAND
Right now he comes home for an Annual Alumni Game. For the past several years I have been helping out the High Baseball Coach with the Baseball stats for the team. I still help with scoring for our High School Baseball and Softball teams.
Other than the years I was involved as Baseball mom, sports are not a high priority for me. Which reminds me I need to collect his baseball pictures and get them scanned, and put together for him.
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).
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