Dedicated to the Boys of Summer

One of Faye Crawford's relatives was New York Yankee shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger.
One of Faye Crawford’s relatives was New York Yankee shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger.

My publisher wrote a note

That I will gladly quote.

“ You have not written in a long time.”

So, I sat down and wrote a short rhyme.


My son laughed and poked fun

At my homophonic pun.

“Mom, you silly goose

You think like Dr. Seuss.”

I thought

I ought

To throw away my paper and pen.

Faye Crawford. Photo by her husband, Gerald.
Faye Crawford. Photo by her husband, Gerald.Another idea came to me just then.

Why shouldn’t I write what comes to mind?

Why should I always act refined?


My poem I now present.

I hope you enjoy the content.

I found myself in the middle

Of a very puzzling riddle

While trying to learn something new

And not knowing what to do.


The basic rules of Little League were difficult to learn

When I was on deck waiting for my turn

Playing on a diamond that was really a ninety foot square.

A ball, called a fly, flew high into the air.

The bat had no wings, no body, no brain—the strangest thing of all.

Amazingly, it often made connection with the ball.


Three bases,all guarded, were okay to steal.

Doing this made the bleacher fans squeal.

The shortstop, Pee Wee, was actually tall.

Standing beside him, I felt small.

Our many admirers seemed amused.

I, the novice, became more confused.


Eventually, to this conclusion I came.

In America’s favorite game,

Whether baseman,fielder, pitcher,

Runner, shortstop, or hitter,

To develop quickness, endurance and skill

Requires persistence and a strong will.

Let’s face the truth,

Just like Gehrig and Ruth

Each little player deserves his name

Placed In Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

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  • Carol Toberny

    I just love this! You have such a fun way with words!!!

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