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Two on the 4th

Posted Thursday, July 3, 2008, at 11:05 PM

Has there been one 4th of July happening, good or bad, that you will always remember?

My unusual 4th of July memory came only a few week after .I had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.

I was a pitcher on an independent baseball team that had been formed in Shelbyville. Our team was one of four teams to play during a 4th of July Celebration at Rockvale.

Two teams, one of them a very strong team from Murfreesboro, had played the first game just before we arrived. Murfreesboro won that game and would play in the championship game later that afternoon.

I was the only pitcher available for Shelbyville as the second game of the day started. A few innings into that game our other two pitchers arrived on a motorcycle, rather loudly and it was obvious they had REALLY been celebrating.

We won the second game of the day rather easily over a team from Williamson County. This put us against Murfreesboro In the championship game about 30 minutes after our game was completed.

As far as I was concerned my day was over. I was going to get a big plate of food and watch the championship game. There was only one problem. Our other two pitchers were well into their celebrating by that time and I seriously doubt they could have found the mound.

The day was sunny, a real scorcher. I agreed to go out and start the game against Murfreesboro while they attempted to get one of out other pitchers in condition to take over.

Those efforts failed but they sure cheered me on.

One old farmer from the Rockvale area saw what was taking place and he brought me a big bottle of ice water each time I came off the mound.

As that game went on I threw only what was left of my fastball and knuckleballs. Our infielders and outfielders did an excellent.

I still don't know how it happened but we won by a shutout over Murfreesboro for the championship.

Finally I was going to get that plate of free food. I walked over to the area and there was only one thing left, a hamburger bun.

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That's a great story. Why do I think that "Old Farmer" saw that you might be running out of gas. Great perception.

I worked for Raytheon on Antigua in the Motor pool.

We had to unload the 2 week supply ship. I was in charge. When the Antigua's crane broke down, I was gone for 14 hours at a time. When I got back to the base, everything was closed. You couldn't cook in your room. Just before I left, I approached the Chow Hall manager. Told her the story. She asked me what I did? I went to bed hungry and ate the next morning at breakfast. Sound familiar?


-- Posted by framestraight on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 5:18 PM

I remember being in Decatur, Alabama SEVERAL years ago when a uprising star, then without an album or any media coverage, named Martina McBride, performed at the Ms. Alabama pageant... She sang "Independence Day" and the entire outdoor facility was amazed...

So I remember witnessing a star perform one of her biggest hits ever, before she was actually a star!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 10:28 AM

My 1st son was born on the 4th July and he is 38 today...My father's 1st grandson and a very Happy Day for all of us...my Dad always said he was waiting to come into the world with a BANG...cause he was 2 weeks late.....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 8:47 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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