Sports Memories of my Dad.


My Dad was a true hero. He was the first American on Omaha Red beech 2 hours before D-Day. I wrote about that on the 70th anniversary of the invasion. He died at 95 three years ago today. There is not a single moment of the day that I don’t think about him and what he stood for. A few days ago I wrote about our pilgrimage to Cincinnati to see the Cubs play the Reds.

There is another sports related memory I would like to share.

Dad and I were playing golf and I was on the green in 2 with a 40 foot putt for a bird.

“Dad, if I make this you should buy me a sports car for my birthday.”

“Deal.” I sank the putt. A month later on my 17th birthday we went shopping for a sport car. We ended up buying a Sunbeam Tiger. Like in every other aspect of his life, he was a man of his word. That is just one more thing I miss every day about him.

Please share your sports memories of you parents here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN. I would like to see them. Thanks.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at . Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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