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Joseph Leslie Cartwright

Spring days are here again,
the wind up and the the throw

The horsehide hurling through the air
the batters heavy blow

It won’t be very long until the stands are overflowing
with baseball fans from everywhere who boo and do their crowing

And that is our America and our democracy
when one may argue in defeat and smile in victory

Because our baseball represents our human way of living
of playing square and asking less, than ever we are giving

There ought to be spring training now for everyone on earth
to put us in condition and to help us prove our worth

Author Unknown

A Shout Out to My Dad today for all his many talents, this being only one of them.

Sweet Mug my Dad had made for me of my Grandpa Jo who played Pro Baseball for 4 years and then met and married my grandma (GG)

Fun Fact:

This is just one of many of the poems my Dad has memorized through the years. He learned this one sometime in the 50’s. My father, Stanley Joesph Cartwright, played semi pro baseball in San Francisco with Sarto’s AC. His father, my Grandfather; Joeseph Leslie Cartwright, played Professional baseball for the Western Leagues, The Pacific Coast Leagues, The Salt Lake City Bees with Tony Lazzeri and in the minor-league baseball for the Mission Reds, a San Francisco-based pro team. In the off season he played against Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Jim Thorpe.

My Grandpa Cartwright
My Grandpa’s Brother I never met


Baseball has always been big in our family. I played in an after school softball program in high school, which was short lived. My husband has played all of his life and our kids have been immersed in it all of their lives as well. He coached them all from T-Ball to majors in 8th grade. In 1994 my husband went to baseball fantasy camp that The San Francisco Giants ran, which was a dream come true for him.

Four Kids and their Dad

Four kids and their dad on the baseball diamond,
giving hand signals, shouting calls
Run, slide, throw,
rounding the bases for the winning run. 

Pitcher, shortstop, left fielder and catcher, we had one of each.
3 strikes and you’re out and you better not pout.
Good sportsmanship was required.

Daddy’s little girls, had him wrapped around their finger, were safe
while he and our son had words and arguments while flipping the bird, since he  never quite understood he was a surfer by fate.
 
Mom In the stands, cheering them all on, delivering snacks, refereeing, mending wounds, always just missing the catch or the home run and rushing home to get dinner on the table. 
Who’s on first, second, third or home, it was never clear to her since her job was the schlepper.

Every year they got out of school for Opening Day and even watched their Dad play as a Giant one year at spring training camp with all the Giants greats.

And now they all play on a coed summer softball league when Covid isn’t happening and our son now gives him a run for his money.  Coed champions now 3 times in a row and mom shows up with the dogs and watches in the stands.

Well, we lost tonight but the memories live on of better games ahead. I still hear my grandma singing take me out to the Ballgame which is the best part of baseball to me. Sorry, but to me, baseball is the only sport you can fall asleep in and not miss anything, except if you do. My husband argues that you have to understand the nuances of the game and I’m sure he’s right, but it’s beyond me. My favorite thing about the game is getting there late, visiting the amazing vegetable garden with kale and lettuces, walking around, eating peanuts and then leaving early. Lunch at Momo’s after would be ideal or an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista but that rarely makes the cut.

Cheers to a great season and all of you for being great sports and visiting! Please like ( if you to of course), comment and or share. Have a great weekend however you spend it.

Happy Easter and Rebirth and Renewal,

💖

Cindy

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joycemaryj
1 month ago

Happy Easter.. Those are beautiful family pictures.

Lisa Mae ❤️
1 month ago

The Indians lost their opening day as well… 😥

Lisa Mae ❤️
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Yes, but it IS Cleveland… LOL

Lovebug272000
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
26 days ago

I just wanted to say thank you for all your support.

Suma Reddy
1 month ago

Awesome pictures n inspiring family background. Loves to you Cindy 🥰😘❤

Kritika
1 month ago

Oh wow baseball players here. Everyone looks cool. Enthusiastic and inspiring family you have Cindy. You yourself are an inspiration for many. Enjoyed the Friday Fun post.

Ingrid
1 month ago

Well I don’t know much about baseball as it’s not big in Europe but I really enjoyed this atmospheric post with two lovely poems 😊

Sarah Davis
1 month ago

Cool family history

Keith
1 month ago

Oh Cindy, have you hit a home run with me. What a great “Field of Dreams” story.! And, it sounds like you like to play ball as well. That is very cool. My first love was baseball. I was going to the Majors, at least in my mind, until everyone caught up talent wise passing me by.

I love the fact your daughters and you made it special for your husband, as well as your father. I love that your father and grandfather could play as well. Some of my favorite memories of my father are of him pitching batting practice to me after a long day’s work. We would hit a full bucket of balls, then go retrieve them and do it a few more times.

One final sad story. My great uncle on my mother’s side could play as well, but he said he had a younger brother who was much better than he was and, unfortunately, was killed in an accident after just signing a contract to play.

Thanks for the memories of your family as it so reminded me of mine. And, yes I will cry at the end of “Field of Dreams’ without shame. Keith

Keith
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Cindy, it is my pleasure. How do you feel about the movie “Bull Durham?” I love the dialogue and one-liners. Keith

Keith
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Cindy, I wrote a post on some of the dialogue from “Bull Durham.” It has many great quotes. Keith

https://wordpress.com/post/musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com/2465

Thegirlwithapuzzledmind
1 month ago

Happy Easter Cindy. I don’t have much idea about baseball yet I love reading this fun and full of energy post. Thanks for sharing two lovely poems. Enjoyed reading this post ❤️🤗

Nawazish
1 month ago

I dont know anything about baseball. But the enthusiasm was sooooo felt. You have nice collection of photos!😍😍

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Haha! I am afraid now! There is nothing to be happy about weekend. I am currently giving my final exams🥺🥺

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thank you so much Cindy!❤

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Yup….sure!🤗

MariaTeresa
1 month ago

Awww Cindy❤ I shared this beautiful tribute to baseball and family with my Mom 🤍⚾️ My Dad played minor league baseball and tried out for the Yankees back in the day too! What a great poem you shared that ties up life, Spring renewal and the love for the ge of baseball. It means so much in our family as well! Happy Spring and Easter blessings to you and yours work so much sweetness and love 💗💐🌈🤸‍♀️🎉😁

MariaTeresa
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Yes, I posted yesterday 😊 My Mom and I both said the same thing!! That would be awesome and I would laugh 😅 of course they would find one another as we have 💛💛

MariaTeresa
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

They 💯 are….absolutely…my Dad confirms it 😊

francisashis
1 month ago

Love the photographs ,wish you a Blessed Easter.✝🌹🙏

francisashis
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Welcome dear.🌹🙏

akshita1776
1 month ago

Happy Family Photos! And
Brimming with enthusiasm about football!!

akshita1776
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Oo
But what we call football is soccer for you I guess😅

Navin
1 month ago

This is amazing….baseball player….lovely family….your posts are full of positive energy & vibes….thanks for your sharing, dear Cindy ❤️ ✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re welcome, Cindy….enjoy the weekend & Easter ✨❤️

vaniheart
1 month ago

Great to know this Cindy 😮😮😮 *celebrity vibes* 😜😜😜😜

vaniheart
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

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Prakaash inspiration
1 month ago

Happy Easter Cindy and wonderful pictures.💐💐💐

Prakaash inspiration
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thank you Cindy for blessings and kind words.🙏(Namaskar)

ashok
1 month ago

Wow Cindy. Such a beautiful and talented family and awesome tradition. Beautiful pics and poems. Great post 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Stay blessed. Happy Easter 🐣

ashok
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I miss her too Cindy. She is immersed in her immediate family just now 😊💖

You and your family are so amazing. A big Easter hug and lots of love ❤️ 🤗

ashok
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Samreen had said that but for Covid she would have insisted I attend the wedding 😊

Zoewiezoe
1 month ago

I wanna be on a team that looks that happy too!
Happy Easter!

Markus + Micah
1 month ago

Your family is lovely. It is really fun to do sports together, playing or cheering. My family follows mixed martial arts and the UFC.

A Star on the Forehead
1 month ago

HI Cindy,
I love this! I am not sure if your husband is right. I have been to many Yankees and Mets games and still don’t have a clue what the game is all about. I do love the atmosphere of it. I would probably enjoy more if I understood the rules of it.
These are awesome pictures and memories for the entire family. What I loved most is your Dad’s reciting of the poem! Is anyone writing a book about his life and experiences? If not, you could. You are such a great inspirational writer.
Wishing you a blessed Easter! ♥♥

Lokesh Sastya
1 month ago

👍👍

Lokesh Sastya
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

This should be not be momentarily if we sustain these feelings. We can share the joy with the people around us.
Happy spring 😊🌹✍️

Halbarbera
1 month ago

Surely fun facts to know.

Jeff Flesch
1 month ago

Fantastic, Cindy. I don’t watch much baseball these days, yet, do love the game. I went to games as a kid, and played for many years. A lovely game. Have a lovely weekend, my dear friend. ❤️❤️❤️

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Agreed! Thank you, Cindy! ❤️❤️

jonicaggiano
1 month ago

Wow even I know the names of those famous players. You must be so proud. Your dad did such a beautiful job reciting that poem, seriously. He was great. Wow all ball players, amazing Cindy. What a fun thing to do, what a ball game. It is my favorite sport to watch. I am always amazed at how agile and strong the players are. This was such a very sweet and lovely post and tribute to your entire family. How lovely that your husband was able to attend spring training, how fun for him. I loved the pictures. You have such a handsome family including yourself. Your children were so fortunate to have you as their mother Cindy. I love the poem “Four kids and their dad” you must have wrote that one, so lovely. Love you my friend from not so far away. xoxoxoxo Hugs and Kisses Joni

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Well you were brilliant and your father was amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a truly blessed Easter my friend not so far away. 🐇😘🐰🐰🐣🙏 love ❤️ Joni

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🥰❤️🤗😘💕

rothpoetry
1 month ago

How great to have a baseball legacy in your family! Do you still have the Cartwritght card? That is really an old one!
The video clip of the poem is well done! I like the message.
Have a great Easter weekend!
dwight

rothpoetry
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Wonderful that you have the original card and other memorabilia!

Gibberish
1 month ago

Cindy, So wonderful to get acquainted with your family through the beautiful pictures and family history mentioned in your blog…happy Easter to you and yours 💖💖

Gibberish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

💖💖💖💖

Curt Mekemson
1 month ago

I was thinking, I’m out of this, as I read about your family’s baseball history, Cindy. I have a friend who is a rabid Giant’s fan. Missing a game is unheard of and the Dodgers are like crap. I like to be supportive, but I just can’t get excited. I am impressed by your family’s background, however. And I started laughing when I read your words: “to me, baseball is the only sport you can fall asleep in and not miss anything.” Happy Easter my friend. –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I tried Little League before I realized how blind I was before I got glasses and kept getting bonked on the head with a baseball, Cindy. I went back to doing my census of how many skunks lived in our neighborhood. It seemed a lot safer. 🙂

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Recorded a confrontation in our backyard once on a night camera between a skunk and a raccoon. The sun won. 🙂 I finally got glasses in the seventh grade. I would have had them much sooner except I cheated on the school eye exams. Dumb me. –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Well, at least they are pretty good shots. Grandpas are sneaky, however. 🙂

salsaworldtraveler
1 month ago

Thanks for sharing the photos of your family and their love of baseball. Those are really fun times and you got to hang out with the managers too.😄😊😎

Stine Writing
1 month ago

Cindy that’s a really neat history tour! Wow! Totally unrelated but I was watching Extreme Makeover Home Addition and the family that was being helped loved, loved, loved baseball. The little boy was in a wheel chair. Anyhow, they did the backyard as a baseball field to scale to fit and one room was like one of those boxes you watch the game from. This just made me think of that.

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
1 month ago

What a lovely family you have Cindy . They are all so talented as are you.your dad did a nice job of reciting the poem !so great to share those times together .You are a great role model
Have a blessed Easter and savor the time you have together.❤️🐣🐣🌸🌷🌻🌺

Ritish Sharma
1 month ago

We have same thing here, not for baseball, for cricket. Both are nearly the same sort of sport. So know nothing about baseball. But I always think it’s a really cool sport.
As I always said, the whole family deserves a shoutout. You all are so talented.
Sending your name to Guinness Book of World record for having numbers of talent.

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
1 month ago

So your grandfather was a semi-celebrity?! Wow! Your dad’s sharing of the poem is just precious. When I lived in South Florida, I was a huge Marlins fan & actually was blessed to be at the 7th game of their first World Series, where they won over the Cleveland Indians. What a thrill! I laughed out loud when I read that one of your favorite things about going to the game was visiting the garden! Enjoyed this post immensely, Cindy! 🌞

erroneouschoices
1 month ago

What a gorgeous post ❤️

ben Alexander
1 month ago

You’re such a wonderful ambassador of American culture, Cindy; and your family is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing❣️

Yours,
David

ben Alexander
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🤗 Cindy 🤗

-Eugenia
1 month ago

What a lovely post and you have a beautiful blog. My hubby was thrilled when the baseball season started! Thank you so much for following my blog.

-Eugenia
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Most welcome! I try to be a good sport too! ❤️

Marsha
1 month ago

What a fun post, Cindy. The pictures are great, but my favorite is your dad. That is priceless. What a treasure for you and for your family. This blog is like a family book of memories. My first husband love, love, loved baseball. He might have played baseball as a kid, but never could as an adult. He went to all the Visalia Oaks games with an older couple in our church who had been a pro player in his day. In Visalia the summer temps are in the 100-110s+ so I couldn’t handle the heat. However, some day we should go to a Giant’s game! 🙂 This is one of my favorite posts of all times. 🙂

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Too bad they’re not still around. They might have known Lon Hannah. He had three sons. Lon, Jr. and Joe both played baseball, maybe pro. They became teachers and with Joe’s son Lonnie formed a western singing group called the Sons of the San Joaquin. They were pretty famous. Lon, Jr. still does commercials in Fresno. He must be around 80 now and still gorgeous last time I saw him.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

He might. They were pretty famous as singers. They formed a group and Lon Sr.’s 80 birthday party. and we were there to be a part of it.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Singing is so much fun as a family. We sang, too, but not famously! 🙂

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

If by stage, you mean church podium, I’ve been there. LOL My mom was the church organist when I was young, so I had to be in children’s choir. My brother and I were in choir as teens, and as a pastor’s wife, I had many singing duties. Unfortunately in my family we lose our voices in our fifties and sixties. I can barely carry a tune now. My range is all of five or six notes, where it used to be nearly two octaves – with a little stretching on both ends. LOL 🙂

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

No matter, just don’t stand next to me! I was in choir in college once, and the director made me stand next to a gal who couldn’t sing AT ALL! He said I had a strong voice and could carry her, but I felt used and not in a good way! I didn’t join the next semester. 🙂

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Lal la la la. 🙂

Ananda
1 month ago

Loved your dad’s recitation ❤️

Offshorewriter
1 month ago

This is interesting read Cindy. ❤️❤️ And I love all the pics of your family. Those are cute!

Pooja G
1 month ago

Wow how interesting!

Pooja G
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re welcome!

Aditi
13 days ago

Beautiful pictures and awesome post!!

Aditi
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
13 days ago

😄

Filarance
8 days ago

Wow! Very interesting read cindy. And I like the pics with your family. Those pics are really cute.

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