My Lovely Bride

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In 1949 I happened to be playing in the Sally League in Greenville, South Carolina and one day I look into the stands and I see this beautiful girl.  I happened to know the girl who was sitting next to her, and her name was Margaret Goldsmith who sold tickets at the local movie theater.
 

I asked Margaret what that girl’s name was and she said Joan Miller.

I told Margaret to ask her if she would go out with me.  She whispered in her ear and she shook her head, no.

I told Margaret to ask her if she’d give me her phone number.  Again she whispers in her ear and again she shook her head, no.

So finally I called Margaret down to the end of the stands and asked her to do me a favor and see if she could delay that beautiful girl and give me a chance to come out and meet her.

So in the ninth inning I was sitting at the end of the bench with my cleats untied and my jersey unbuttoned, and when the third out was made I was in the clubhouse, in the shower, out of the shower putting my clothes on and in the parking lot and they were still there.

Margaret had deliberately left her sweater on the seat, so she had to go all the way back to get the sweater which gave me enough time to shower and get out there.

I met Jo’s mother, her sister, her brother-in-law and her other sister and her husband.  I told her mother that I would be a twenty-game winner if I was dating her daughter. 

I found out where Jo worked and I called her to ask her out.  She said no.

I called about 10 times and each time Jo would say no.  On the 11th time I said, “Look, I know I’m no movie star but I’m not that bad either.”

I continued, “Just go out with me once and if you don’t like me after that, fine, I won’t bother you any more.”

So she finally agreed to meet me for lunch.  So we went to lunch and we took a booth and I sat across from her and I kept looking across at her.  She was so beautiful and humble, and I said to her, “You might laugh, but I’m going to marry you.”

Well, she laughed.

One year later we married.  Today, April 14th, 58 years ago. 

Tommy and Jo 4.JPGI took that girl out of SC.  We opened the season by playing an exhibition game in Baltimore.  I took her home to meet my parents and my family.  Then we opened the season in Springfield, Massachusetts.  From there we went to New York to play in Jersey City.  We stayed in Manhattan and saw a stage play.  Then we went on to Montreal and that was the beginning of it.

I was making $500 a month, and I had to borrow $500 to get married.  I went to Branch Rickey and told him I was getting married.

“Good, good,” he said as he loved it when players were married.  He would really insist on it.

I told him I had saved some money in Panama but it was stolen and that I needed $500.

He told me to go see Buzzie Bavasi for the money, which I did.  When I saw Buzzie I told him I needed $500 and that Mr. Rickey told me to see him.

“For what,” he barked, to which I told him I was getting married.

“How in the world are you getting married,” he yelled.

“Are you crazy asking me that,” he went on.

“$500, I can’t believe it,” he said trying to dissuade me.

So Buzzie lets me have the $500 and I bought a ring.  I told him to deduct money from my pay checks, and when I got my first check nothing had been deducted.  I told him to take $100 out per month.

He wanted to take it out when we got in the playoffs, but I told him I wanted it taken out right away, but he would never take it out.

So at the end of the season Buzzie put a letter before me and told me to sign.  I asked him what it was and he told me it was a letter to Mr. Rickey thanking him for loaning me $500 and that I was glad I could pay it all back.

So every year on our anniversary, Buzzie would send Jo a bouquet of flowers with a note that reads, “Sorry.”

He figured it out, that with compounded interest I now owe him about $75,000. 

But here we are celebrating today our 58th wedding anniversary.  If I could have seen God and given him a description on a little piece of paper of what I was looking for in a wife he couldn’t have given me anyone finer than Jo. 

She has stood by me through thick and thin, and I love her dearly.  When times were tough she was there for me.  When we were away from each other because of baseball she would always remind me that she and the children understood why I was away.  She would always put my picture on the table while they were eating to remind them that I was away earning a living.

They said it would never work for a, Italian Catholic Yankee marrying a Southern Baptist, but they were wrong, and boy is I glad.  She is the best, and I love her with all my heart.

12 Comments

Ah, God bless you and your wife.

Congratulations on your 58th anniversary!
You two truly are a prime example of love.
God bless you and your wife!

Happy Anniversary and also a big THANKS to you from your friends here at MLBlogs.com/MLBAM for all you’ve done since making history with the first ever MLB blog posting three years ago this week about Jackie.

A few new MLBlogs are being created on average every game played since this Opening Day, which is a pretty amazing pace for any blogging community, and it all started here who knows how many million text entries ago:

http://tommy.mlblogs.com/archives/2005/04/remembering_my_.html

You are the leader. We’re following you.

Mark/MLB.com
http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

hey tommy. congratulations on your wonderful wedding anniversary. my mom and dad will be celebrating their 45th anniversary this year.

i wanted to ask if you knew tony delvecchio. my uncle is Roger Owens, the Famous Peanut Man at Dodger Stadium, and tony did a great radio interview about 4 years ago. he mentioned he knew you. it’s on roger’s site if you’d like to have a listen. :)

well, from one italian to another, congratulations on all your endeavors and accomplishments over the years :)

Tommy- Congradulations on the 58th wonderful year. That is a great story and it gives people like me hope. I have only met you once, and I’m sure that you don’t remember. It was in Colorado many years ago, about 9-10 years ago, and you were going to eat and I stopped you on the street and asked for your autograph. It was very dark and somehow I spotted you. I couldn’t find my ball for you to sign, and you joked around with me about it. It meant so much to me for you to do that. To tell you the truth, you don’t know what kind of impact that has had on my life. If you would like to know, you can always stop by my blog.

But anyway, I hope that you have the best anniversary. Hopefully it’s at the Dodger game. I am going to get married soon hopefully in the next couple of years. My dream is for it to be at Dodger Stadium. What could be better? Either that or propose to her there.

It seems that you have had a long and happy relationship. I’m very honored that you are my hero. You are a very good example and have made such an impact on my life. God Bless!

My warmest congratulations on your wedding anniversary!!!

Emilio – from Italy.

What sweet words for your wife!!! She’s a lucky girl. Happy Anniversary Tommy and Jo!

Tommy,

Happy Anniversary to you and your lovely bride Jo.

You are a great example to young ballplayers and their marriages.

Thanks for being at the helm of the Dodgers for so long!

Blessings to you and Jo.

Happy Anniversary from graziano and Tollo baseball team

from Tollo – Italy

Congratulations Skip. My very best to your wife Jo and daughter Laura and family. May you have many more safe and healthful years together.

Tommy Lasorda… he can do just about anything with his words

I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question. Do you think so? http://www.nicetick.com
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