elmira pioneer

It is hard to describe how great we feel to be a small part of this story!  If we can act as a conduit for baseball fans to connect with their memories, we have achieved what we set out to do. When Budd Bailey reached out to Baseballisms.com after finding the Cover the Bases interview we did with Tim Sommer, we immediately jumped at the chance to make the introduction.  The two were kind enough to include us in their correspondence, and we asked Budd if he would tell the story for the entire community, reprinted with permission.

Thanks Budd and Thanks Tim!

You’re never too old to connect with your childhood heroes. And you never know how it will happen.

I think that’s the lesson of a recent experience I had involving a former professional baseball player.

Earlier this year, I saw a book by Matt McCarthy called “Odd Man Out.” It’s something of a diary of his year-plus in professional baseball. By the way, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year, and it’s on sale at Barnes & Noble for virtually nothing. If you like this site, you definitely should buy it.

When I looked up the book on Amazon.com to mark it as “read,” I saw a list of suggested books for someone who likes “Odd Man Out.” One of them was “Beating About the Bushes,” by Tim Sommer.

Tim Sommer? The former Elmira Pioneer?

Instantly, I was transported back to the late 1960’s. I lived in Elmira, New York, from 1965 to 1970. My father worked for American LaFrance, which made fire extinguishers and fire trucks, and the company had season tickets to the Double-A team in town.

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