It was just 50 years ago

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

Thanks to my base­ball friend of years be­fore, Jack Dunn III, we got tick­ets to see the Bal­ti­more Orioles play the Dodgers in the first World Series game in 50 years dur­ing Oc­to­ber 1966 in Memo­rial Sta­dium out on 33rd Street.

If you fol­low The Sun, you have seen all the fea­tures on the 1966 World Series games in Bal­ti­more and the Jim Palmer vin­tage uni­form they handed out to fans at last Sun­day’s game!

I don’t know what those World Series tick­ets might cost to­day, but we paid a whop­ping $8 to go out in the bleacher seats. I even in­vested $1 in a pro­gram which costed 15 cents dur­ing the sum­mer reg­u­lar sea­son games. And ac­cord­ing to a lengthy fea­ture I did in the pa­per the fol­low­ing week, I picked up two pen and pen­cil sets for the girls at $1 each. They were minia­ture bats with World Series printed on them. Then I spent an­other $1.50 on a straw hat be­cause it turned into a hot sum­mer’s day. Oh, yes, we won the game.

You think it is not a small world? There were 54,455 fans crammed into the sta­dium ac­cord­ing to the pa­per, and sit­ting just two seats away from us when we got into the bleach­ers was Char­lie Ce­cil and his wife’s sis­ter, Dorothy.

Other lo­cal fans at the game were Em­mitt Sylvester, Jack Webb, Chick Zakar­ian and John Miller, whom we saw later that evening at the Har­bour House in An­napo­lis where we stopped to have din­ner.

Let’s hope the Orioles can do the same thing this Oc­to­ber!

••• TOO HOT TO THINK I’m do­ing this weekly visit on Mon­day, one of those days dur­ing the past week when the weath­er­man said it will reach 100 de­grees pos­si­ble for three or four days in a row — so it is no time to spend out­doors. And re­ally too hot to think about writ­ing a col­umn, but here we go again .....

• Go­ing through some of the many clip­pings on this messy desk, I see where I kept a page from the June At­trac­tion mag­a­zine giv­ing a his­tory of the Tuck­a­hoe Steam and Gas As­so­ci­a­tion grounds on Route 50, just North of Eas­ton. I re­call do­ing a fea­ture soon af­ter it opened in 1973. I un­der­stand it is open on the first Satur­day of the month through Novem­ber where vol­un­teers are on hand to show visi­tors around. There is a lot to dis­cover, in­clud­ing a loom from Dorch­ester County said to be over 320 years old.

• Here’s an­other clip­ping from a re­cent is­sue of Rem­i­nisce mag­a­zine, which is kindly sent to me by my good friend down in Eas­ton, Bob Wol­cott. It has a pic­ture and a stor y of a cou­ple get­ting en­gaged at a dance at The Ci­tadel in Charleston, S.C., in 1952, some 10 years af­ter I had a year at the mil­i­tary school, called West Point of the South. At this yearly dance, cou­ples can an­nounce their en­gage­ment by step­ping through the large ring on the dance floor and hav­ing their pic­ture taken as the cadet places a ring on his girl’s fin­ger. Frankly, I don’t re­mem­ber this dance when I was at the school as I had been in­formed that I was drafted into the Army and the draft board al­lowed me to fin­ish out the se­mes­ter since it was a mil­i­tary school.

• Okay, here’s an­other clip­ping but I don’t know how old it is. It is from the Tide­wa­ter Trader, and is a col­umn by my Kent County neigh­bor­ing colum­nist, Lanny Parks; which is re­ally the only rea­son I pick up Tide­wa­ter Trader — to read her per­sonal col­umn.

Any­way, she talks about time in her col­umn and ends by say­ing: “Time is a harsh re­al­ity, and still we waste it, or we wish it away in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the fu­ture. But we can­not call it back. And we can­not make it, but we can learn to make the most of it.”

• Fi­nally, here is some­thing I made a copy of many years ago, but I did not put down who wrote it. I rather like it, so let us bring an end to this week’s visit with this clip­ping. It goes like this: THE MOST IM­POR­TANT WORDS IN ENGLISH:

The seven most im­por­tant words in the English lan­guage are: I made a mis­take and I’m sorry.

The six most im­por­tant words are: You did a very good job.

The five most im­por­tant words are: And what is your opinion?

The four most im­por­tant words are: How can I help you?

The three most im­por­tant words are: I ap­pre­ci­ate you.

The two most im­por­tant words are: Thank you.

Fi­nally, the least im­por­tant word is: I.

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