On April 5, 1975, my parents took me to a Little League baseball registration event in our local town. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, four months later, I would become a member of a baseball team that would win the 1975 Little League World Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The experience would forever change my life.
That particular year and baseball tournament transformed me from being a shy, introverted young boy to an outgoing and unencumbered personality who was able to finally express himself without the worry of ridicule from others.
My Prized Possession: The Last Baseball Thrown in the 1975 LLWS
Having to continually speak in public, be interviewed by sports journalists from The New York Times, and perform radio interviews on local and national television forums are amazing ways of helping a shy youngster overcome fears of using his voice in public.
Without this unbelievable experience in my earlier years, I doubt that I would have become the communicator and writer I have become today. There are definite synchronicities attached to our lives.
In 1978, I authored my first book, Once in a Lifetime: The Story of a National Championship Little league Team. It was the story about one of the most important things to have happened in my life up to that point.
Throughout the different stages of that manuscript being published, I learned how to write and converse with professional editors. It was an incredible experience and opportunity to learn the skills that I would later rely upon in my career as a chiropractic physician, college professor, citizen journalist, and truth-teller.
Almost 46 years have passed since the last pitch was tossed in that kids’ game broadcast on ABC television in front of millions of people. It raises the hair on my neck to look back at that incredible time in my life for two reasons. Number one, the odds of things turning out as they did were astronomical, considering our team came out on top out of over 8,700 teams in the tournament. Number two, the experience, in general, was necessary for me to be able to write effectively the content that I regularly author on NoFakeNews and throughout my fictional stories.
Several years ago, a sports memorabilia person kindly sent me the baseball pictured above. He didn’t have to do that but did so out of the kindness of his heart. I often hold that 46-years-old baseball before writing articles or working on my novels. It’s nice to be able to hold on to a part of my past while appreciating how that part of history has helped me throughout my lifetime.
The Target List Movie on Amazon Prime!
In association with River Rose Productions, Mad Wife Productions has announced that The Target List movie will begin filming on April 10, 2021. The movie will be released on Amazon Prime in the summer of 2021.
After announcing a ground-breaking cancer cure, two members of a research team are shot by an assassin. The remaining two researchers barely escape the attack, only to find themselves framed for murder. Now they need to prove their innocence while running from both the police and the assassin hired to kill them by the big pharma.
Screenplay by MJ Palo and John Reizer
Based on the novel by John Reizer
The Target List Cast: