I was born on November 17th, 1922 at my grandparent’s home in Williamson, New York. When I was 5 years old we went back to our own home in Sodus where I lived until I was 39 years old.
I graduated from high school in 1940 and went back for a P.G. course so I could play sports. I played soccer, football and basketball while I was there. After graduation I played semi-pro baseball for the Sodus Point Chiefs and basketball for the Beeftrust team in Sodus. I always loved sports.
In 1945, I bought my grandfather’s farm in Sodus and in 1947 I married Marian Johnson and we had two daughters, Linda and Roxanne. In 1962, we bought the Verne Barrett property on Route 14 in Lyons. I farmed Pine Hill Orchards and my farm in Sodus for a few years. I finally got smart and went to work for many Chemical and Farm Supply Companies. It was nice to have a steady paycheck and know every week what it would be. After we moved to Lyons, my daughters and I always went to the games and followed them all over. The girls were 13 and 10 years old at that time. That was 51 years ago and I hardly missed a game since. This January, I had some health problems but I am slowly getting stronger. I was in the hospital twice and then the nursing home for rehab. I have a pacemaker and am doing much better and hope to be going to a lot more games.
I am thankful for my good friends Alan Simpelaar, Jim Pacello, and many others who attended games with me. They helped to make this honor possible. Thank you all very much.