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While studying the Battle of Gettysburg in high school history class, it was my Dad's turn to read aloud from the history book in front of the class. While the students read aloud, their lazy teacher often napped, read other stuff– or who knew what. So my Dad read from the history book for several minutes citing Gettysburg facts (the battle was fought July 1-3, 1863; George Meade’s Union army defeated the Rebels, led by Robert E Lee; about 50,000 casualties from both sides, etc…). Then at some point, my Dad suddenly began “reading” that it was the bottom of the ninth and the Cubs were losing 3-2 with 2 outs and a runner on base when Bill Nicholson stepped up and hit a 2 run homer to win the game for the Cubs!
He then went back to reading about Gettysburg for several more minutes until the teacher appeared to wake up and told another student to continue where my Dad left off. A few days later, the class had a test on the Battle of Gettysburg. And what was the first question on that test? "Who hit the 2-run homer for the Cubs in the bottom of the 9th?"!
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