A Moment to Reflect

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The news of the sudden passing of our friend, Jim Haggerty, is a deep loss to the Eclipse family, friends and those in the vintage base ball community.  May God Bless his wife, Judy, their children and their loved ones.  As part of the Eclipse, we were fortunate to share the field at memorable sites like Fanshawe Village in Tecumseh, Ontario and Silver Ball Park in Rochester, New York as well as around the state in places like Mackinaw Island, Petoskey, Irish Hills, Fort Wayne, U-M Flint and Van Hoosen Farm.  Playing ball with Rev was an added benefit to just being around him and his genuine smile.  The moment you came into contact with him, he put you at ease with his demeanor and easy-going personality.  I will miss watching him walk in the Northville parades, hear him give great book recommendations, show pictures of another cycling accident and just wearing the orange and black.  The team coined the phrase “Haggerty Speed” in obvious reverence to his ability to make ninety feet base paths seem like one hundred and ninety feet.  Gone are the practice and in-game banter that we shared among our teammates, but we will never forget you.  We’ve had too many memories to forget how much you’ve touched us.  We will take care of your brother, Stitch, and always have a shoulder for him to lean on.  Enjoy the view from up above, Rev, and when it’s our time to join you, may you welcome us with open arms.  Until then, we’ll toast in your honor at the Cady, the Eagle Tavern at Greenfield Village or wherever we gather with loved ones in remembrance of your life.