Was able to attend our annual meeting of the SABR Ted Williams chapter in San Diego and hear former GM Roland Hemond speak. He told stories of all of the different people he had meet and dealt with during his career, a career that spans from the 1940’s until current. Of all the stories he told today, the one that pops out in my mind is the first game when he saw Jimmie Foxx play for Boston. “It was in the 8th inning of the game, and I had to go to the bathroom, and Jimmy Foxx was up and I didn’t want to miss his at bat, so I decided to hold it in until his at bat was over.” “After fouling off several pitches, he then hit a home run and I got so excited, I peed my pants and had to sit forward in my seat for the rest of the game.” He was awesome to listen to.
I was able to meet him during the break and ask him who his favorite all-time player was and why he liked that person. He named Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle, but said Ted was his all-time favorite because, “you always go back to the first player you first loved as a kid.” I was able to take a picture with him and try on his World Series rings! What a memory.