Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
feel free to call him “Sully.”
Monday, March 16, 2009
Happy Birthday to the person who unwittingly made me a baseball historian
Since doing my Home Grown vs Acquired series, I've received a lot of a emails from people asking me how long I've been reading about baseball history.
The answer is since I was a kid. And I can thank a parent of mine for a great inspiration.
Oh I watched and talked a lot about baseball with my dad... but my love for baseball history comes from my mom. When I was a kid, I discovered a bunch of my mom's old baseball books about the Yankees of the 1950s.
And she had an old Baseball Encyclopedia dated back to 1955.
As a kid I devoured those books... I knew every World Series result by the time I was 10. I could recite the great feats of DiMaggio, Mays and Aaron when most kids just knew the local stars.
So if you think I am a little thorough in my research, then you can thank my mom for the original inspiration.
I have kept all of her books. I hope my kids discover them some day.