In recent days the news media has deluged us with information,
analysis, speculations and recommendations in the wake of shooting
incidents on school campuses. The subject has surely been explored
from every possible angle. One wonders if we have not been over
Sandwiched in between the Littleton tragedy and the Conyers misfortune
was a heartwarming story that probably didnt make the news away from
North Louisiana, where I live. Its a story about a teenage boy, a
famous athlete and his family and it deserves wider exposure.
Lets start with the athlete. The year was 1959. Harvey Haddix
pitched the longest no-hitter in the history of baseball. He lost
the game in the twelfth inning when Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves
hit a home run. Joe Adcock was from our neck of the woods, a place
called Coushatta. Although some of his teammates - Eddie Matthews,
Hank Aaron, Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn were better known, Adcock
left his mark on the game. He hit 336 home runs in 17 seasons and
played on the team that won the World Series in 1957. After his
career was finished, Adcock went home to Coushatta, where he lived
until his death earlier this month.
Now lets talk about the teenage boy. His name is Jamie Adams. Jamie
is an 18 year old senior at Lakeview High School in Coushatta. He
maintains a 4.0 grade point average and he plays tennis. As a matter
of fact, he plays tennis very well. He won three state championships
and may have been on his way to a fourth one, when he learned of Joe
Adcocks death. Oh, I forgot to tell you. Joe Adcock was Jamies
grandfather. Jamie was in the midst of the championship game, when
the matches were halted for a rain delay. The rain delay meant he
wouldnt be able to attend his grandfathers funeral. He chose to
withdraw from the match.
Why did Jamie do it? Thats where family comes in. From Jamies
point of view, family was his grandfathers priority. He said,
Family always came first to Papaw. I wanted to come home and be
there for my sister and my cousins and I wanted to say goodbye.
Jamie Adams is a young man who has his head on straight.|
From what I can see, it sounds like Jamie Adams is a young man who has
his head on straight. Im sure there are thousands of young people
in our world who value family just as much as Jamie does. Theyre
not going to walk into school buildings and start shooting. Theyre
going to make good grades, respect adults and behave responsibly. At
an early age they developed enough character to make the right
decisions in life. I dont know of any law or even any principle
that would have required Jamie to relinquish his quest for a state
tennis title, but I have great respect for his choice.
His decision to give priority to his family wasnt really made on the
Highland Park tennis courts in Baton Rogue, where the championship
matches were being played. His decision was made gradually as a
result of his respect for and relationship to a man he called Papaw.
Joe Adcock was a man, who lived in the spotlight for awhile, but
what he gave his family may have been his most important achievement.
Wouldnt it have been nice to have heard that story on CNN or even
In the Bible the names of Eunice and Lois have survived for many
centuries. We dont know much about them. Perhaps they possessed
remarkable culinary skills. They may have been proficient in the use
of the loom. Who knows what remarkable things they may have done?
We remember them for one thing. They passed along faith to their son
and grandson (2 Timothy 1:5). I just wish the members of the media
had enough wisdom to recognize the value of that accomplishment.
From Norman Bales' "All About Families" web site. See http://www.allaboutfamilies.org for more great articles.