Amongst some curious odd sports equipment, baseballs, softballs, squash balls, raquetballs, golfballs, gloves, etc. retrieved from the flood two months ago, I found an autographed baseball from David Dymecki, a boy couple years behind me at William Annin. I don’t remember him on any of my dad’s Little League teams, but I do remember he was a pitcher. He may have lived on Penwood, behind the VA that was across the street from Bonnie Brae Farm. I haven’t been back to BR in 30 years so I have no idea what is still there and what is gone. When I looked on a map, Pleasant Valley Park is where I thought the VA was so….my memory may be suspect. I know that area was not a park when we lived there.
Two men close to the same age with the same name; the one in the greater Denver area seems to be from Michigan, leaving the one in Boston perhaps from Basking Ridge. The one from the Boston area may have a son who is a pitcher, which may be the definitive clue. I’d like to return the baseball, I will see if he responds.
The same principles of research apply to differentiating these men as do to researching men named James Smeck in Reading and the greater Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check ages, compare middle names, assess geography, and identify any redeeming characteristics.
- Why is it a catcher’s mitt and an outfielder’s glove?
- Who ended up with our bats?
- Where is my dad’s first baseman’s mitt?
- What are the odds that 40% of his grandchildren are left handed?