9th Grade - Freshman Baseball Team
I had played baseball since Kindergarten. I was never very talented and could not hit the ball very well, although I played OK at First Base.
My first at bat during the first freshman game - I batted last in the order - the first pitch I connected and cranked a ball in the gap to right center. It had not rained in weeks and the ground was hard as a rock and that ball rolled forever - no outfield fence.
I ran like crazy around those bases and finally reached home - you guessed it a HOME RUN -my first EVER.
As I got to the dugout and was mobbed by my surprised teamates, our coach said "see you guys, I told you that ground was hard, he's the slowest guy on our team, and he was able to turn that into a home run".
Well, I guess you could say I wiil always remember my first and only home run. And I learned what NOT to say as a coach, when one of our players does something special!