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My First Baseball Bat

Dad gave me my first wood baseball bat
an Eddie Mathews signature model, 28 inches long
when I was 10 or 11 ('66 or '67)

shortly after he got me my first lefty glove 
(I still have it, so small! with a bullseye crudely hand inked in the center!)

after a few years, it splintered near the handle
I tried nailing it back together, but the hickory
shaft was tough to penetrate, but I kinda got
it done, then wrapped the job in some electrical
tape I found

whenever I tried using it again, hitting a pitch
sent shivers thru my hands and wrist like a 
lightning bolt shocking me

before long, I left it in the sports closet Dad built
into the canned goods cabinet in the basement
he made for fall canning

so whenever I opened the cabinet door, the wonderful
smell of wood and leather combined with the
rows of gleaming jars of fruits and vegetables
delighted me!

canned beans, peaches, pickles and more
all lined up to select from when Mom or Dad
would send me downstairs to choose side
dishes for supper

frozen meat was kept in the 8' freezer chest
in Dad's workroom thru the door
being sent for that was a special privilege
my brother and I relished 
( my sister, being 3 years younger, didn't get many chances!)

I remember there were honorary sports relics in
the closet on the top shelf

a leather football helmet Dad's Uncle Depot wore
before WW11 along with his old softball, the kind
with the exposed seams (I still have it)

wonderful memories 
from a
magical time

I will always treasure

© james marshall goff


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  1. Date: 7/26/2015 3:10:00 PM

    Wow Jim, this is brilliant nostalgia at its best,,well written and so interesting..
  1. Date: 7/24/2015 2:39:00 AM

    Absolutely wonderful memories recorded here. It's awesome learning about you! Always, Laura
  1. Date: 7/22/2015 8:38:00 AM

    James, your memories are real nice but also touched with sadness, it drips from every wondrous word a magical 7 and thanks for visiting my poetry
  1. Date: 7/21/2015 12:09:00 PM

    wonderful journey down memory lane. A one second snap shot a lifetime of memories
  1. Date: 7/19/2015 11:34:00 PM

    A beautiful memory to be treasured!
  1. Date: 7/19/2015 3:28:00 PM

    I felt like I was there with you, Jim...From the first line. Wonderful memories you've had growing up...So blessed you were...To have such A FAMILY...I envy you! like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell Nostalgia Piece. BEAUTIFUL WRITE...I ENJOYED EVERY LINE...THANKYOU SO MUCH For Sharing!
  1. Date: 7/19/2015 1:27:00 PM

    incredible moments well delivered... the better to know you, jimbo... so you play baseball?... huggs