I also broadcast the TCL All-Star Game that first season because it was played in Graham.
But the big deal for me was sharing the booth for one inning with the celebrity who threw out the first pitch, Jim Morris.
You may recall that Morris was the subject of the popular Disney movie, “The Rookie.”
That is a memory that will stick with me forever.
Sixty games in 66 days was, of course, more of a grind than during the school year, but hey, it was baseball.
And good baseball at that.
There were kids from that first year of the TCL who did make the major leagues, including TCU’s Jake Arrieta, who was pitching in Baltimore before being traded earlier this week to the Cubs.
The TCL for me is now a distant memory. But what I will remember most is not the every night work and how I took advantage of an excellent opportunity to improve my broadcasting skills.
What I will remember most is the fun of being involved in a serious start-up league, the camaraderie shared by being part of a baseball team and living the life of a baseball broadcaster, albeit briefly.
I loved every second of it, even though I didn’t get a summer vacation.