I am 11 and it is yesterday, 63 years ago,
St.Peter’s are holding try outs for the pee wee team. A World War ll vet who now reads water meters for the city, Bill Lynch is running the practice on the far west field of Christie Pits.
I am a skinny kid weighing about 65 pounds and I am taking batting practice.
I hit a line drive over shortstop and the tall thin man Lynch yells,”What did you say your name is, Ted Williams?”
I immediately put on 10 pounds and grow a foot.
Ted Williams was now my man and The Red Sox were my team.
And i never forgot the power of words and affirmation of Bill Lynch.
Years later I thanked him for this.
The Red sox won the Wold Series but I remember Ted Williams and Bill Lynch.
And I still 11.