Summer is the time for baseball and softball. At least it is in my life.
Even at 52, after years of running on all kinds of diamonds — from the beautifully manicured to makeshift fields high with weeds — I find there’s nothing as exhilarating as sending a line drive over second base to plate a run or making a play no one thought I’d make.
In Baltimore, fellow baseball lover Frank Kolarek feels the same way.
A former minor leaguer in the Oakland Athletics organization, Kolarek continues to share is love of the game in Maryland.
The Catholic Review in Baltimore has a story by Matt Palmer about Kolarek’s devotion to baseball and his effort to bring the game to adults and children with special needs through his League of Dreams.
For his effort as league president and founder he was selected to attend the Major League All-Star Game in St. Louis July 14. A parishioner at St. Mark Parish in suburban Catonsville, Kolarek was voted by fans to represent the Baltimore Orioles at the game under the All-Stars Among Us awards program sponsored by Major League Baseball and People magazine.
Kolarek was nominated by his son, Adam, a rising star on the University of Maryland baseball team.
He told the newspaper his greatest joy comes when he’s at a game and he closes his eyes to listen.
“When you do that, you hear kids laughing,” he said. “You don’t see anybody’s disability.”