A sunny day in California and the boys of summer are out.
Jacob, Richard and Sean, Petco field, San Diego CA
My dad taught me how to play baseball, and I taught my son, and now he’s the father of the next generation of baseball players. Of course, Richard’s dad also tossed a few balls with him at my urging. Being married to him was like having four children. Go out there and throw some balls with your son I would say, and finally he did. I would fix supper and observe them through the kitchen window throwing the ball to each other.
My son Richard was a great little baseball player, but his father had played football and was the star center on his high school team. I think Captain Johnston (1937-2013) liked football better than baseball, although football led to his developing Osgood Schlatter disease and almost prevented his becoming a U.S. Marine at age 17.
Osgood–Schlatter disease (also known as apophysitis of the tibial tubercle or OSD) is an inflammation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity. It is characterized by a painful lump just below the knee and is most often seen in young adolescents. Risk factors include overuse (especially in sports involving running, jumping and quick changes of direction) and adolescent growth spurts. The condition is named after Robert Bayley Osgood (1873–1956), an American orthopedic surgeon and Carl B. Schlatter, (1864–1934), a Swiss surgeon who described the condition independently in 1903.
Richard loved his dad, and alas, he gave up baseball to play football, later Rugby. Although he escaped his father’s health issues, he broke several bones, Today he suffers with arthritis and stiffness.
Nevertheless, sports injuries or no, he encourages his sons to take to the field, and in spring its America’s pastime, baseball. He even coaches. This year 10-year old Sean is the star baseball player in the family.