“I received the following from George Riley today, which I thought might be of interest to you. In response to my question about what advice he would give to high school pitchers, he had this to say:“I would tell all athletes to get school in first. You never know [if you’ll] get hurt. And also, you must maintain your concentration to the max, and success will come. Work very hard at what you decide on a position. Pitchers, do a lot of curls. I always had a twenty-pound dumbbell with me at all times. Good luck.”Then he went on to add the following:“In the year 2011, I got colon cancer. Then my friend of sixteen years had a spinal cord stroke. Living with her [illegible] paralyzed waist down. I had to give up my [illegible]. If possible if you could help a little, no job, no car. Thanks for the great gift.”
|Mr. Skidmore is a marvel. I love
the custom card-work of Dave Auwerda.
And the former player agreed. It’s
so sad to see ex-players not
appreciating such tributes. Check
out Dave’s site, please:
I received one awesome letter from Roe Skidmore, a brief member of the 1970 Chicago Cubs. He was one of the AAAA stalwarts of the early 1970s, someone who conquered AAA but couldn’t get a full shot at the majors.
I’m grateful that such men like Skidmore aren’t bitter, but cheer on collectors.
I loved most the story about his one game in the majors: Sept. 17, 1970.
“In 1962 (my junior year of high school) we won the Illinois State Baseball Championship — Eisenhower HS, Decatur, Ill.
As luck would have it, my HS baseball coach was in attendance at Wrigley Field that day.
After the game, I called my Dad and we cried together on the phone! First Big League Hit!!!”
Coming Monday: Skidmore’s one Topps card.