“We’d take the baseballs that the old players had. And after it unraveled, we’d get some tape and wrap it up and make it back more like a baseball again… I was fortunate enough to learn how to play and I just fell in love with the game.”
This was a story James “Red” Moore of the Atlanta Black Crackers told in an interview he did with FOX 5 Sports in 2000. I had the pleasure of meeting him before he died in 2016.
Mr. Moore graduated from Atlanta’s Historic Booker T. Washington High School and later played in the Negro Leagues for his hometown Atlanta Black Crackers. I love the quote above by Mr. Moore because it reminds me to be gritty.
Grit is the relentless pursuit of purpose and it is built through adversity.
- How much grit is in your tank?
- How do you respond to adversity on the baseball field?
- How about off the field?
- How do your coaches help through adversity?
- How do they help you prevent it?
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