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30 January 2020

It was a rough weekend for household furnishings. The Roman shade that hung in the front window gave up the ghost, its plastic hooks unable to hold onto the horizontal rods that fold each section up as you pull the cord.

Wally Moon. Rawlings glove, circa 1960.

We took it down, rolled it up and put it in storage until we could figure out what to do with it. Which usually means until we forget about it.

But as we were making room in our storage space under the stairs to the bunker, guess what we found. Our old baseball glove. It was hidden in a bag with children's toys that was in our way.

We rescued our Wally Moon.

And rather than oil it up and give it a few pops to form the pocket, we got the Nikon D300 and a 35mm Nikkor to take a few shots.

Adjusting the white balance was a lot easier than oiling it up.

Moon was Rookie of the Year in the National League in 1954 for the St. Louis Cardinals and a Gold Glove winner. He ended his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing for them from 1959 to 1965 and winning three World Series. He passed away in February 2018 at the age of 87.

He weren't a fan. He was a Dodger and we were a Giants fan.

But when our glove couldn't be found after we'd pitched a no hitter in grade school, we needed a glove. And the Wally Moon model from Rawlings was it.

We probably last tapped its pocket in our thirties. But after our move 16 years ago, we lost track of it. Until today.

And we're just delighted to be reunited.

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