Personal Nostalgia

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This is Luther Williams Field, a baseball park in Macon, Georgia’s Central City Park. Built in 1929, it’s the 2nd oldest minor league park in the U.S. and was once home to the Macon Peaches, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, the Macon Pirates, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Macon Braves, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. However, the field is most endearing to me for two other reasons. It’s where I played my high school baseball for the Mount De Sales Cavaliers from 1976-1978 during which time we advanced to the state championship series all three years, winning two Georgia High School Association State Titles (1976 & 1978). Those teams, those players, those coaches, and those times mean more to me than words could ever convey. However, my most treasured memory of this hallowed field is that it’s where I met my beloved wife, Zoe, when I was 12 years old. Three years later, at the age of 15, I mustered the courage to ask her out. Then 6 years, 10 months and 4 days after our first date, she married me–for reasons unknown and not understood. But, every day since then I’ve tried to show her she made the right decision. Now, 35 years, 3 children and 3 grandchildren later, I’m still in love with the only girl I’ll ever want to spend my life with. God, Zoe, my children, my friends, and baseball…the reasons I’ve amounted to anything in this life.

…ilyh…

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