Back in the late 1930s, I used to observe a tall man, laboriously walking along Mechanic Street. Frank BirdÆs affliction was that he was paralyzed on one side. Here was the story that I heard when I was a kid. The old timers in town said that Mr. Bird had been a big league baseball player in his younger days. One extremely hot day he hit a home run. Immediately after scoring at home plate, he quenched his thirst with a drink of ice cold water. He went into shock and he remained partially paralyzed for the rest of his life. So Spencer, Mass., had a major league ball player. That was something for a 10 or 11-year-old impressionable kid to be proud of.
I, more or less, forgot about Frank Bird for another 30 years. In the 1970's my sons, Todd and Keith played little league basebal ...
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