Baseball Fan Jim Babwe’s email submission to reprinted with permission. Readers of this site will remember Jim’s personal account of witnessing Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series, and presented in the first Legendary Game that we highlighted when we launched in 2008.

Jim’s submission today reminds us that the continuity and timelessness of the game of baseball has healing characteristics. Thanks for sharing this with the Baseballisms community!

In the summer of 1976, Bob and I decided on a “Four Corners of the USA Tour.” We started in Pomona CA, drove to San Diego, made a major u-turn and drove to Seattle in my 1965 Volvo 122S. From Seattle, we drove to Cleveland, then to Maine.

We drove to Ohio and picked up Bob’s brother Bill, who rode with us to Florida. We took Bill back to Ohio, then we toured parts of Pennsylvania and New York. Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame was one of our stops.

We drove back to California and made it just in time for the start of Fall Quarter at Cal Poly. Barely. 8 weeks. 16,000 miles. 75 cents in car repairs.

I’m still good friends with Bob and his family.

Last year, Louise (Bob’s mom) had a stroke and Bob called me, brought me up to date, and I met him at a hospice in San Juan Capistrano.

When I arrived, Louise was in a coma, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. These people were solemn, tired, worn out, frustrated with feelings of loss and helplessness.

One of my favorite things about Louise was her laugh, so after looking around the room, understanding that there was nothing any of these people could do but stand around and wait, I walked up to Louise and on the off chance that she could hear and understand me, I put my hand on her shoulder and said hello.

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Major League Bride | Kathleen Lockwood | Baseballisms.comWith great pleasure, we welcome Kathleen Lockwood to the Cover the Bases podcast.  She is the author of Major League Bride: An Inside Look at Life Outside the Ballpark.  The book was published by McFarland & Company in 2010.

Kathleen has been married to former major leaguer Skip Lockwood for over 40 years, the first 12 years of the journey while he pursued a career as a professional baseball player.  The Lockwoods endured six teams, thirty five residences, trade rumors and a career threatening injury in pursuit of this career.  This book  is an inside look at what it means to fall in love, maintain a marriage, and start a family while attending to big league dreams.

There is a positive side to this story that Kathleen felt needed to be told during this era in baseball of steroid related turmoil.  It is a way to shine a light on the positive relationships that she had built up with other families in the same circumstances.  She also had the time available to spend writing after the youngest of five children had finally gone off to high school.

Her method for re-creating many of the stories was to revisit the numerous scrapbooks that she had kept throughout those times, and then used internet resources to locate old friends and capture past memories.

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