“Getting to Third Base”

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

Looking at the date of the letter, it was on a Friday in 1955. I suppose since Forest “got the most home runs” he got to be captain and pick for his team on the next Monday at recess. November in Alabama is a great time for baseball. The Dodgers had one month earlier won their first and only World Series while being in Brooklyn, beating the New York Yankees 2-0 in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Yogi Berra’s 10 hits in 7 games and Whitey Ford’s two wins just weren’t enough to keep the cross-town Dodgers from their destiny.

My aunt went on to say that there was a new girl in her class named, “Bonnie.” Bonnie seemed nice and wanted to be my aunt’s friend. Bonnie was also very perceptive and did her part to carry out elementary school romance.

You see Bonnie made it to third base, while my aunt was playing third base and they had an extended conversation that took up most of this letter written to my Mama in 1955.

My Mama’s 10 year-old sister wrote,

“She (Bonnie) asked Forest today if he still likes me. She (Bonnie) said he said, “Oh Yes.” She told me this at third base. She is also the scorekeeper.”

Oh goodness gracious, was Bonnie ever the “scorekeeper.”



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