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Baseball games and practice spark some cool memories. The most amazing was the 18 HRs hit by RH 3 decades ago a legendary feat since we only played 30 games. I can still hear the ricochet off the quanson hut in left center or the shop building roof top. I remember dozens of stopwatches and radar guns evaluating a soon to be MLB first round pick. He was a man among boys and we were along for the ride.
There was that livestock fragrance that would blow in from behind the home plate bleachers quite the ambiance for visiting fans (that didn't help my experimentation with chewing tobacco though).
Benny's speed (who knew he would later inspire high school football greatness) and Cannon's streak of a dozen or so straight wins also come to mind. I recall talking Freddy in to postponing his eventual college golf career 2-3 months because we needed his skills on the diamond. His choice made a difference. I remember the same face in centerfield for 3 seasons (4 in all) who would later win a ring at UF. I recollect Coach's long-winded post-game talks (my kids accuse me of the same) one of which was the infamous plug in a record player and boogie all you want since we missed the prom speech hard to forget that one a classic for sure. His inspiration has faded from my mind some but the notion quality practice makes perfect stuck. To this day, I am reminded of those painted baseballs when I throw a 4 seamer to my 12 year old.
I can't forget the trip to a cross-town rival, playing the game and our third baseman leaving with a broken arm following the traditional but unfriendly post game handshake. It was an eye opener and a glimpse of how cruel & unfair life could be.
An unexpected loss in the state semi-finals would narrowly precede graduation and 30 years later I look back with not so 20-20 vision. I think back not of the wins and losses but fondly of those whom I shared experiences and life lessons mostly good, a few not so, but in all, moments for a brief time I would not trade.
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Your right Danny, that baseball season was one of the greatest experiences we shared not to mention the 76 State Championship season. sorry we missed you at the reunion this year and hope you and your wife will make the cruise on our 35th reunion.

Man if your ever in the Houston area look me up, we have golf courses everywhere if you interested. My number is 281.799.8129 give me a shout sometime.

FYI - still got the drawing Mike Sapp drew of me thinking it was you all the time, he did a great job but only it was the wrong person...how about that for a laff.

anyway Danny hope you and your family are doing well and hope to see you in the future.

Take care & God bless you,

Ken Cannon
Tate High School "78"
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kencannon wrote:

"Your right Danny, that baseball season was one of the greatest experiences we shared not to mention the 76 State Championship season. sorry we missed you at the reunion this year and hope you and your wife will make the cruise on our 35th reunion. "
Ken, thanks for the reply & recollections. I had forgotten about Sapp's drawing. He was certainly talented. One of the big distinctions I remember between the '76 & '78 Final Four experience was the transportation means to and from Tampa. In '76 we used about 8 compact (sardines) Mavericks for the trip and as Seniors the budget allowed us to travel in style with Lincoln Mark IVs or some such land yacht. Had we known the '78 outcome, we should have used the Mavericks for good luck. With our lineup however, who would have thought we needed luck? I'll catch up with you off site. Take care old friend - Dan