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Jun 012017
 

This article reiterates the last article and identifies further what thoughts crossed the mind of this author on the night of June 1, 1978.

On June 1, 1978 the Ashtabula Star Beacon published an article titled “4 Streaks Honored All Star Team? Color It Blue“.

On June 1, 1978 while in Columbus this author was a player on the St. John Heralds Baseball Team asked the Head Coach of the Ashtabula St. John High School Baseball Team about why nobody on the team was selected to the NEC All Star Team. The only thing he said (even when asked additional questions by players that evening such as why he did not go to the meeting) was that he did not attend the meeting held to pick players and coaches.

This author does hypothesize that not wanting there to be transparency and/or shielding at least one player was the motive for the eventual fact that not one Ashtabula Saint John Herald Baseball Team person in 1978 was on the NEC Baseball All Star Team in any capacity in 1978. Had there been transparency The Ashtabula Saint John High School Baseball Team in 1978 would with very little doubt have had at least one player who would have been on the first team if not MVP of the NEC.

That evening (after having asked the Head Coach of the Ashtabula St. John High School Baseball Team about why nobody on the team was selected to the NEC All Star Team) on June 1, 1978 this author who was a player on the Team learned that the Head Coach of the St. John Heralds Baseball Team had selected who he was rooming with: The Equipment Manager. The equipment manager was a senior who was with the Team for four years as equipment manager. The fact that this author was not to room with another player seemed rather odd and was a departure from previous games for this author when the Team had stayed overnight. Previously this author had a choice with whom he had roomed with the night prior to the game. This author retired at about 9:30P.M. At about 10:00 P.M. the Head coach came in the room and announced  that (another male Senior at St. John High School who was not on the baseball team) Chris, was also going to stay with the equipment manager and this author who was a player on the team. This author was especially perplexed when he, the Equipment Manager and the Head Baseball Coach took mattresses to the floor so each of us had a mattress bed to sleep.

This author said nothing at about 10:10 P.M. when the Head Baseball Coach had said none of the three of us was to leave the room for any reason that night. This author resumed trying to go to bed now for the second time with the mattress now on the floor between two non-playing high school seniors. June 1, 1978 was turning out to be unusual…

The mattress was now on the floor. This author found it uncomfortable to sleep on his stomach with the mattress now placed on the floor. This author was on his back between the two non-playing seniors. At about 10:55 P.M. on June 1, 1978 Chris decided to strike up a conversation with the Equipment Manager. After about 7 minutes this author politely asked them to stop talking. This author was reminded that the Coach had said that no one was to leave the room at this hour. This author was aware that by now many on the baseball team were either sleeping or in bed and by asking the coach to intervene would likely disturb someone’s sleep. Chris did the same thing, started talking to the Equipment manager, at about 11:35 P.M. This author now was rather upset having been kept from sleeping now twice due to conversation and this author explained the obvious that it was necessary to sleep to play well; the Team had also travelled over four hours by freeway from Ashtabula to Columbus earlier that day. When Chris started talking after midnight at about 12:50 A.M. The Equipment Manager did not join in this next time and seemed to only be listening by means of an occasional “uh huh”. This Author told them both to leave the room if they did not stop talking. Chris started talking again at about 1:35 A.M. This author told Chris to leave. Chris did not leave. He was quiet until about 2:45 A.M. when he tried to strike up a conversation with the Equipment Manager who did not reply at all. By now, this author was livid but had few options that he was aware of that could rectify the situation. Some time after 3:00 A.M. on June 2, 1978 this author fell asleep both upset and perplexed.

As this author saw something quite disturbing unfold that evening on June 1, 1978 and night and into the early morning on June 2, 1978 many thoughts crossed his mind.

*There was no telephone in the room. No information was given as to what to do in case of a problematic situation/emergency. How could this author best help himself; could he seek out help from someone who would indeed help ? What was the best thing to do to get sleep and keep the roommates from talking? How much sleep would he get (calculations were made at midnight and several times through 3:00 A.M. when the talking by Chris subsided) and how would it affect his play on June 2, 1978 ? Why was Chris continuing to talk even when asked many times to stop even when it was explained to him why it was important for this author to sleep. Why had the Head Coach engineered or at least allowed this pairing of roommates with this author ? What room was the Head Coach staying in and how could this author get there if this author decided to seek help from apparently the only adult that he knew that night who was in Columbus, Ohio ?

**This author had roomed with several of the payers on the team previously with no problems. There were several teammates with whom this author interacted excellently with so it could not apparently be that teammates did not choose to room with this author thereby forcing the coach in some manner into this situation of this author rooming with two non-players.

***Could the fact that there were no Saint John High School Baseball players on the ALL NEC Team in 1978 somehow be associated in some manner with the current situation I found myself in of rooming with two non-playing seniors one of whom seemed to be deliberately talking very likely with the expressed intent of keeping this author from sleeping?

****There had been both a full tuition academic scholarship offered by one school and apparently also a full tuition baseball scholarship by another school offered and this author had yet to make any decisions about where he would be attending college/the university in the Fall. This situation, which apparently involved both academics and athletics at some level did not seem to make either scholarship choice particularly compelling.

*****This author would try his best to avoid making any mistakes during the upcoming now dreaded game due to lack of sleep.

******Both of the this author’s parents and grandfather who traveled from Ashtabula, Ohio would not be able to see their son/grandson play anywhere near his best in what would be one of if not the most important game of this author’s life up to June 2, 1978 — and the game had not even started. And, just coming to the game hours away from Ashtabula, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio was probably at least somewhat of an economic sacrifice for this author’s parents.

*******Interestingly, in the previous tournament game in which the team had traveled out of town just days previously this author had roomed with a couple of players. Another senior came over to the room with two other players on the team and said “What are you a fuckin’ weirdo, already in bed and watching tv ?” This author ignored the comment said by the person in a manner which probably was meant to intimidate. This apparent bullying behavior was very unusual for this author to encounter. Was the coach in effect taking up where the apparent bullying behavior of the student teammate athlete who had not been playing much or well his senior year had stopped ? Was this situation caused by jealousy and being dead wrong about who should play and who would play well and who deserved the highest accolades? Yes, jealousy by players and poor choices in historically picking starting players and trying to rig who would be given the highest accolades by the head coach all likely were causal factors in this author being kept up the night prior to the game. There was no telephone in the room. No information was given as to what to do in case of a problematic situation/emergency. How could this author best help himself; could he seek out help from someone who would indeed help ? What was the best thing to do to get sleep and keep the roommates from talking? How much sleep would he get (calculations were made at midnight and several times through 3:00 A.M. when the talking by Chris subsided) and how would it affect his play on June 2, 1978 ? Why was Chris continuing to talk even when asked many times to stop even when it was explained to him why it was important for this author to sleep. Why had the Head Coach engineered or at least allowed this pairing of roommates with this author ? What room was the Head Coach staying in and how could this author get there if this author decided to seek help from apparently the only adult that he knew that night who was in Columbus, Ohio ? **This author had roomed with several of the payers on the team previously with no problems. There were several teammates with whom this author interacted excellently with so it could not apparently be that teammates did not choose to room with this author thereby forcing the coach in some manner into this situation of this author rooming with two non-players. ***Could the fact that there were no Saint John High School Baseball players on the ALL NEC Team in 1978 somehow be associated in some manner with the current situation I found myself in of rooming with two non-playing seniors one of whom seemed to be deliberately talking very likely with the expressed intent of keeping this author from sleeping? ****There had been both a full tuition academic scholarship offered by one school and apparently also a full tuition baseball scholarship by another school offered and this author had yet to make any decisions about where he would be attending college/the university in the Fall. This situation, which apparently involved both academics and athletics at some level did not seem to make either scholarship choice particularly compelling. *****This author would try his best to avoid making any mistakes during the upcoming now dreaded game due to lack of sleep. ******Both of the this author’s parents and grandfather who traveled from Ashtabula, Ohio would not be able to see their son/grandson play anywhere near his best in what would be one of if not the most important game of this author’s life up to June 2, 1978 — and the game had not even started. And, just coming to the game hours away from Ashtabula, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio was probably at least somewhat of an economic sacrifice for this author’s parents. *******Interestingly, in the previous tournament game in which the team had travelled out of town just days previously this author had roomed with a couple of players. Another senior came over to the room with two other players on the team and said “What are you a fuckin’ weirdo, already in bed and watching tv ?” This author ignored the comment said by the person in a manner which probably was meant to intimidate. This apparent bullying behavior was very unusual for this author to encounter. Was the coach in effect taking up where the apparent bullying behavior of the student teammate athlete who had not been playing much or well his senior year had stopped ? Was this situation caused by jealousy and being dead wrong about who should play and who would play well and who deserved the highest accolades? Yes, jealousy by players and poor choices in historically picking starting players and trying to rig who would be given the highest accolades by the head coach all likely were causal factors in this author being kept up the night of June 1 to June 2 1978. *******While on the way home from a tournament game on a bus just a few days ago (in May 1978) the coach saw two seniors changing the baseball scorecards from previous games after the two seniors were seen doing this behavior by three players including this author and another player who alerted the head coach of the baseball team. The head baseball coach only looked at the two senior baseball players who were caught making changes and said angrily “You don’t need to do this!” ********Chris was the reported best friend of one of the seniors caught changing the scorecard on the bus trip from a tournament game (in May, 1978). *********In a previous tournament game a few days previously this author was rooming with about three other players. This author was in bed and watching television as were two of the other players when a senior from another room with two other seniors came into the room and said “What are you a fuckin’ weirdo watching tv?” This author never behaved this way to anyone else and perhaps only once in his life received such behavior from any student in high school. This author ignored such apparent bullying behavior which occurred in May 1978. Perhaps Chris was picking up where the other person left off with the seemingly last minute apparent enabling (i.e., allowing someone not on the team who was not going to play in a sports contest the next day just days before graduating from high school to room with someone who was going to play in an apparent all important high school baseball game) behavior of the Ashtabula Saint John High School Head Baseball Coach. The current author, awakened by the 2008 article in the Ashtabula Star Beacon which is the genesis of this series of articles, is searching for answers to a several questions of what happened in 1978…and exposing hypotheses especially about what happened on the night of June 1 – June 2 1978 while in a designated room in Columbus, Ohio just prior to a State Of Ohio Class A Tournament Baseball Game. This author awoke with the rest of the Team hours later light by at least four hours of sleep having slept just less than four hours. The current author, awakened by the 2008 article in the Ashtabula Star Beacon which is the genesis of this series of articles, is searching for answers to a several questions of what happened in 1978…and exposing hypotheses especially about what happened on the night of June 1 – June 2 1978 while in a designated room in Columbus, Ohio just prior to a State Of Ohio Class A Tournament Baseball Game.

 

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