Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

They did and he played for awhile but never made it to the big leagues, perhaps he had an issue with his swing.  Aunt Ruby’s husband came from a baseball family; his uncle had played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  His uncle, Jake Daniel is still the only professional baseball player to come out of Roanoke, Alabama (Population ~ 6000). 

After spending time with the Dodgers, Jake came back south to play and coach for many of the southern minor league teams that were prevalent in the 1940’s and 50’s.  As a matter of fact, at age 42 in his last season, he hit .284 for Vidalia (GA) in the Georgia State League.  From Brooklyn to Vidalia, sounds like he knew what he wanted to do.

Aunt Ruby knew what she wanted from Jake Daniel’s nephew also.

As my Daddy used to say about his baby sister, “When she gets something on her mind, Ruby is going to do it.”  Back in 1951, Aunt Ruby’s boyfriend at the time made the mistake of stopping by the drugstore where she was working to introduce her to a sailor friend of his named Bobby.

With her quoting those Bible verses all the time, you would think Aunt Ruby would take things kind of slow.

She didn’t in 1951.

She went out with her boyfriend one more time to let him down gently and then married my Uncle Bob (Bobby) about a month later.

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