We would take our all-star team to traveling tournaments at the end of the year. We were not part of the Official Little-League. Soda Springs was the first tournament. Their diamond was a dirt infield and was fairly hard. One game, Jay was called upon to steal second. I don't remember if he was safe. However with his head first slide he broke his arm. It was a pretty bad break and obviously broken.
|Jay Shaver is kneeling, facing the camera, in the middle|
As for how the tournament went, I don't remember. We were a win a game, maybe two before losing out of the tournament in those days.
I had my turn at the same hospital the next year. Soda Spring also hosted a pony league tournament on the same diamond, with the fence and bases back farther. We were playing Pocatello, and I was called upon to bunt for a suicide squeeze. I laid the bunt down the first base line, scoring a run from third. However as the first baseman went to tag me in front of the base, I had a momentary idea that if I crashed into him, maybe he would drop the ball and I could make it to first. However he tagged me from the side, and I lost my balance and did a somersault tumble, breaking my left arm. The umpire kicked the first baseman out of the game, more because of one of the kids in the Pocatello dugout laughing than for what he had done.
|Me batting at Soda Springs the day before I broke my arm|