It was just 50 years ago
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.