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All Kinds of Anniversaries

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 08:05 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Most days on the calendar pass without much notice. Others are significant because of a birthday or other occasion. This date has lots of meaning for me.

  • It was on this date in 1775 that the first battles of the American Revolution were fought. See yesterday’s post talking about Patriots Day, which was observed as a state holiday here in Massachusetts yesterday.
  • It was on this date in 1981 that the longest game in professional baseball history was suspended after 32 innings of play. The Rochester Red Wings (AAA-Baltimore) played the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA-Boston) in a game that started on April 18 and was tied 1-1 after nine innings. Play continued for another 11 scoreless innings before both teams scored a run each in the 21st inning. It was still 2-2 after 32 innings when the game was finally suspended per order of the president of the International League. It was finally completed on June 23 when the PawSox scored a run in the bottom of the 33rd.
  • It was on this date in 1984 that the man I sometimes think of as my ex-future-father-in-law died after a short but brave fight with cancer. I would have liked to go to mass in his memory this morning, as I did last year, but a commitment at work required me to come in early (thank you, IT department, she said sarcastically). Instead, I said a prayer for him, his wife, and his son, and maybe later when I’m settled down at home, I will have with him one of the imaginary conversations that I sometimes have with important people in my life who have passed on. That sounds strange, but for anyone who believes in life after death, it isn’t really that far out.

It’s also Mike’s birthday, and once again I asked him why he wasn’t celebrating by flying to Boston and running the marathon. He insists it’s still one of his goals. Maybe he’ll do it on his actual birthday, which next happens on Marathon Monday in 2021. He will be 64 then, a mere pup compared to the two octogenarians who finished today’s yesterday’s race.

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