It’s been a few weeks since I was in Williamson for the WHS Hall of Fame induction and ceremonies and I must say how honored I am to have been inducted.
Williamson High School had hundreds of great athletes over the years and being included in that group is indeed an honor and a privilege. It was a wonderful weekend and gave me an opportunity to reflect back on my younger days of playing little league at the softball park in West Williamson and Babe Ruth, High School and American Legion ball at Lefty Hamilton Park.
Actually, when I first got in town I went to Lefty Hamilton, went out to where the mound was and went through the motions of throwing a pitch. Little did I know that a car had pulled up and probably wondered what an old guy like me was doing. Well, what I was doing was reflecting back upon many enjoyable games at that venue and thinking how lucky I was to have been raised in Chattaroy and Mingo County and to have attended WHS.
I had the pleasure of being surrounded by some of the best people in the world and blessed to have had wonderful parents, my sister Verna, grandparents and other family members and friends. There are no finer folks than the folks from the Tug Valley (sounds like a song title Jimmy Wolford.
Why don’t you write one?). I may live hundreds of miles away from home but my heart will always be there. Thomas Wolfe wrote “Look Homeward Angel.” I am no angel….but I will always look homeward!!!! Thank you and the entire committee for this great honor and event.
And, I want to reiterate what I said during my acceptance. I had a lot of great coaches in my career, but the best one was Cecil Hatfield. My dad taught me an awful lot about the game and wanted me to be the best I could be at it, and I’ll always be grateful to him for that. And, Coach Hatfield helped me be the best I could be, and I thank him for that! Once again, thank you and the committee for my selection. It was a special time in my life and I look forward to coming home for future Hall of Fame events.