Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." This week we are studying the letter "C" as in CHICAGO White Sox.
When Dad was in Boy Scouts the kids in the troop decided to each pick a baseball team. Dad chose the CHICAGO White Sox. He told me that when they got to him there weren't many teams left, so he went with the White Sox. The White Sox have probably never had a more loyal fan. For the rest of his life he followed his team all the way into his 90's. Win or lose he was a loyal fan.
I can remember Dad sitting in the garage in our 1956 DeSoto listening to the baseball game. He had discovered that the car radio could pick up the Baltimore radio station. So, when the White Sox played Baltimore he could listen to the games.
His loyalty never wavered. Yes, he'd get upset when they lost, but he'd be ecstatic when they won.
Over the years we always knew what to get Dad for Christmas, birthdays, Father's Day, etc. It made shopping easy.
In 2005 Dad's prayers were answered. The CHICAGO White Sox were World Series Champions for the first time in his life. They beat our Houston Astros. Dad was still living in New Jersey and he would watch the games and call me in Texas afterwards. Of course, I was watching from here. I remember one game went into extra innings. Fourteen to be exact. It was very late at night when he called, but he was so excited. He was almost 87 years old and I was so grateful when he finally got to see his team as World Champions even though it meant the Astros lost.
legacy brick. The CHICAGO White Sox charities sold bricks to commemorate the team's World Series win. Dad was excited when he found out that his name would be enshrined at Cellular Field. None of us have ever seen his actual brick in CHICAGO, but I have a duplicate sitting on the bookshelf in my den. It says, "BILL DURGIN OF NJ - LOYAL FAN SINCE 1932." (If anyone reading this lives in Chicago and goes to Cellular Field please take a picture for me. As I recall we were told that his brick is somewhere on the legacy brick diamond near first base.)
Eventually, Dad moved to Assisted Living in Texas. I signed up for the CHICAGO White Sox games online. I'd bring Dad over to my house so he could watch the games. For the first time in his life he was able to watch most of them. He'd sit in front of the computer and come to life. It was like he was a little kid again.
I still get online notifications from the CHICAGO White Sox when they play a game. I had signed up when Dad moved here and I decided to keep following them after Dad died. In a way I feel a piece of Dad is still with me when I get their box scores.
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