Since we all have Red Ranger Fever, I thought I would share this story about the First Baseball Game. It was given to me by Bobby Bragan, who was a shortstop, catcher and coach in American Major League Baseball. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.
I met him after he came out of retirement and managed the Fort Worth Cats. He came to speak at a Father-Son Banquet and gave me this poem. See if you get all the biblical references. I didn’t realize baseball was ordained by God!
- Pastor Donna
The First Baseball Game
It says Eve stole first-
Adam second -
Solomon umpired the game.
Rebecca went to the well with a pitcher
And Ruth in the field made a name.
Goliath was struck out by David -
A base hit was made on Abel by Cain,
And the Prodigal Son made a great home run.
Brother Noah gave checks out for rain.
Jonah wailed—went down swinging.
Later he popped up again.
A lion-drive by old Nebuchadnezzar
Made Daniel warm up in the pen.
Delilah was pitching to Samson
When he brought down the house with a clout,
And the Angels that day made a double-play
That’s when Adam and Eve were thrown out.
Old St. Pete was checking errors -
Also had charge of the gate.
Salome sacrificed Big John the Baptist
Who wound up ahead on the plate.
Satan was pitching that apple
And looked as though he might fan ‘em all,
But when Joshua let go with a mighty blow
And blasted one right at the wall
And then the Lord wound up and took good aim,
And started that Very First Baseball Game.
(Courtesy of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues)