Watching The Dandelions Grow


| 8/17/2012 1:04:04 PM


Tags: Myself Around 1957, East Haven Vermont Town Team c1913, Red Rolfe Baseball Card, My Father, George Locke,

“It was always a measure of my self esteem.
‘Cause the fastest and strongest played shortstop or first
The last ones they picked were the worst.
I never needed to ask – it was sealed.
I just took up my place in right field.”
Willy Welch – “Right Field” 1986 

When I was ten years old I got fitted for glasses. I hated them. It was bad enough with the name “George” and the calls of “Georgie Porgie - puddin’ pie. Kissed the girls and made them cry.”

I was small. Red haired. No muscle and I read books. And now – I had to wear glasses!  If there ever was a kid designed to play right field, it was I.

Little League seldom had lefties that pulled, so they always sent you someplace where you would be out of the way of anything that involved even a small degree of motor skills. 

And that meant right field.

Me Around 1957 And Far Away From Right Field 

candy roux
8/19/2012 3:15:09 PM

I just loved your article. Being a teacher then school counselor for 35 plus years I knew many, many of those kids (both boys and girls) who wished to be picked first, but certainly never last. Thank you for your humor and your heartwarming sensitivity. Candy


nebraska dave
8/18/2012 12:53:59 PM

7:49 AM 8/18/2012 George, great story of childhood. We all have the ups and downs of life that must be dealt with over our years of life. Mine was a mostly rural life until I toddled off to college never to return to the farm again. However, in my case I love the farm life and everything that went with it. I just loved the budding technology a little more and decided the cubical life was for me. After a 41 year successful career, I have returned to digging in the dirt by having gardens. One small house backyard garden and one big garden about five miles away from my house. It's all in the grand scheme of life to keep me happy and content. Thanks for sharing you childhood memories with us. Have a great day.





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