TIME AGAIN TO REMEMBER CHARLIE KELLER

Thankfully, Baseball Still No. 1

By Harry M. Covert

I STILL HOLD OUT THAT BASEBALL is the nation’s pastime. Sitting in the stands watching a no-hitter, or seeing snappy double plays and homeruns, what’s better to any sport lover? It’s preferable in these quarters to watch a direct throw from catcher to the second baseman and an out. Similarly for an outfielder’s throw.

Back in the days learning the ropes to a long life, I remember well when an 18-year-old catcher named Johnny Bench, on his haunches, warmed up throwing out runners in the minor leagues in Newport News, Va. Those in the park knew exactly he’d be a Hall of Famer.… Read More