John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.
Once upon a time, there was a "Little Bad Wolfe." He made the trip, after he got out of high school in California, to Ponca City, Okla., to join the Brooklyn Dodgers Class D farm team. It was his starting point in his quest to be a big league catcher and ultimate Hall of Famer. However, along the way about the only "Hall" he got to know was the batboy for the Carthage, Missouri Cubs. Ever since we met, we have exchanged pleasantries about our mutual friend, Joe Stanka. Stanka also had major league and Hall of Fame aspirations but had to settle for playing with the Chicago White Sox in the American League and the Nankai Hawks in Japan's major league (For those who don't follow my KOM league news, "Little Bad" Jack Wolfe had an older brother by the name of Ed who did make it to the major leagues as a pitcher).
In more recent times, Wolfe has been receiving these photos and it brings some light into his heart each time they arrive and makes him wonder where those scenes were when he was in the KOM, what will be 62 summers ago this coming May. Seldom do encouraging words reach my eyes and ears, and since Wolfe was so kind as to share a few, I decided to reach into the past and share some photos that go back, in some instances, a decade.
These photos were taken with at least five different digital cameras since my wife purchased one for me on my birthday in November of 2001. So, I've been using toy cameras to semi-professional ones for over a decade and for the life of me, I can't tell all that much difference in quality. But, I've never been a good judge of that kind of thing anyway. I kid a lot about purchasing a super duper mega pixel camera that will do everything from taking pictures to brewing the morning coffee. But if I have a choice between an average camera and a super duper lens or a super duper camera and average lens, I go with the former every time.
Okay, so much pontificating. Harry Truman called it something else, but this is a family publication. These photos are being shared since Jack Wolfe went out of his way to brag on some previous ones. The writing in red represents my responses. The "beauty" to whom he referred was a photo in the last set of my wife and one of the English Cockers. If you don't know who "Hot Rod" Hundley was, you can find him affiliated with the game Dr. James Naismith invented.
If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.
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