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Sports Article 104: 05-Dec-02

In 1977, Rob Roy Trophy Was Symbolic of Recreation Football Supremacy

By: O. J. Cunningham

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JP says:       On November 08, 2008 at 09:20 AM
OJ, I just had to thank you for one particular outstanding "flashback" story you penned way back in 02 - that I happened to come across today!
The article has profound meaning to me in that it takes me back to some of my most favorite childhood memories of growing up in a wonderful neighborhood in Saginaw back in the 70s. What made my childhood neighborhood so wonderful to me, you ask?..my uniquely colorful & unforgettably
inspirational neighbors, of course! One of those neighbors happened to be the one and only, Ben Haller (and family)! Talk about a renaissance man whose environs made one seem larger than life itself! Ben exemplified the very definition of a self-made-man - and he did it all with a gentleman's bearing & humble heart. The neighborhood kids (no less me included) adored Ben & his family. He gave so much of himself to the recreational pursuits of his neighbor's children that droves would flock to his little plot of land just to be included in a game of wiffle-ball or touch (usually turned to tackle) football!
Ben's ½ Acre was transformed into a baseball field every summer and the perfect (pint) sized grid iron in the fall! Our little "Field of Dreams" came long before the book/movie ever saw the light of day! Still, to this very day my heart tells me that many, many grown-up children have a great reverence for that little spit of grass - even hallowed ground to some.
I just could not pass up the opportunity to relate to you the uniquely wonderful way Ben Haller created a place that transformed the dreams of his neighbor's children for so many beautiful seasons of hope & glory! Thank you, OJ, for all the unique and inspirational ways you help keep these wonderful memories alive & well!

Cherrio, my friend!

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