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Donald Huburtus York

Donald Huburtus York

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
I loved Don! Always thought of him and coach Jensen as father figures. I guess because I didn't have much of that at home. I really looked up to them. After all, I spent most of my youth playing ball for them. I have a million stories but would like to share a couple of memories I have concerning Don. We could never beat Monroney in baseball! Never! PeeWee's, Midget's, Preps, they always beat us! Until the last game as Preps. We played them the last regular season game at Star Spencer and the second the last out was made, Don ran out on the field from the third base dugout, threw his hat as high in the air as he could and said, "I don't believe it, we finally beat those guys!" Everyone in the stands were just roaring with laughter. I'll never forget it.. A few years later we were playing Legion ball and were going to play a game in Edmond, I think it was the summer Jim and I were both fifteen years old. Not old enough to drive yet, so we needed a ride to Edmond. The day before, Don had told us he would be home from work at 5:00, and to be ready to go when he got there. The next day we were sitting on your big front porch with our uniforms on and Don pulls in at 5:00, he goes in the house for a couple of minutes, comes out and says lets go. We pile in the truck, with me in the middle of course because I was the smallest, and off we go. He's going the back way to Edmond, up Harper to 36th go to Hiwasse and go North. We get 4 or 5 miles from the house and Jim says, "Daddy, I left my glove at home." (OUCH!)Don went through the roof!! He said, "You two dummies aren't ready to play. I'm thinking wait a minute, I didn't leave my glove at home! He continued, I know you been riding those darn motorcycles and chasing those two girls all day and you haven't thought about this game at all." I'm thinking again, Its not the World Series, its a legion game. All the time he is chewing on us he is turning the truck around and heading back to the house to get Jim's glove. Not thinking over the situation too well I said, "I don't see what the big deal is, Jim is going to pitch, there will be 5 or 6 guys sitting on the bench, he can just use one of their gloves can't he?" Don slowly turned his head and looked at me, and I swear I felt like I had potatoes or something growing out of my ears and he started in on the same speech again. I swear, I felt about two feet tall. To make matters worse, we lost the game and had to hear it all over again on the way home. I think about it now and it's so funny. I could go on and on but won't. I will say this however, the summer he strung up those lights on the clothes line wire and pitched that army tent in the yard was the greatest summer of my life! He and I slept in the tent every night. I remember a few times Jane would come out there at 2 or 3 in the morning and tell us to shut up because the neighbors were complaining that they couldn't sleep because we were doing our Jackie Gleson impersonations.. Art Carney, Shelia McRae, Jane King, Good Night everybody..... Unbelievable what you remember. We threw horseshoes all night, every night. I just wanted all of you to know that I thought your dad was a special person, and that you all have special places in my heart...... Jane- Mom wants you to know how sorry she is and that you are in her thoughts and prayers. I love all of you guys!! -Kirk
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