This picture has been imprinted into my mind ever since I was 11 years old. The Shay’s are a baseball family and for my dad, it has been a majority of his life. When my dad moved out and bought his own place in 2006, a six foot long portrait of this photograph has been hanging in my room. There are three things I love about this photograph.
- Baseball was my first passion and always will be my number one. I have played it my whole life, love going to games, and have collected cards my whole life.
- Baseball is America’s pastime, therefore the historical impact it has had on America is second to none. History is my minor, a big part of my life, and I can honestly say this picture has influenced my love for the history of baseball.
- Lastly, this photo portrays arguably the greatest feat in MLB history. In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games, a record that still stands today. This accomplishment is viewed as “unbreakable” and has an incredible legacy behind it.
Also in my room, I have a portrait of Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks for so many reasons.
- For starters, I grew up in a family of Cardinal and White Sox fans, yet somehow came out a Cubs fan. Since he is known as Mr. Cub, it was only fitting for me to have a picture of Banks in my room.
- Secondly, this picture refers back to my passion for baseball history. For those who know me, I love collecting old baseball uniforms and to own this jersey one day has been a dream of mine.
- Third and most importantly, Banks is my dad’s favorite player of all time. My dad would talk about Banks in such high appraisal: honest, beloved, hard-working, and a genuine guy. I have tried to incorporate all of those qualities for myself and I can say, Banks is my role model.
- Lastly, when Ernie Banks died on January 23rd, 2015, that was a very impactful day on myself and my dad. It was on a Friday night and instead of getting ready to go out, I sat in my room and talked to my dad for awhile. He kept saying, “the world lost not only a Hall of Famer, but a beautiful soul today.”