Cobb baseball fans take home lasting memories from Fenway
by Sally Litchfield
June 26, 2013 12:01 AM | 1527 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three baseball fanatics from Cobb County recently returned from their dream vacation. Clay Cooney of Marietta and Daniel Adams and Derek O’Kelley of Acworth took their love of baseball on the road. For three weeks the friends, 2011 graduates of North Cobb Christian School, toured 14 baseball parks taking them all the way to Canada.

All the parks like Wrigley and Camden had their special moments but none were like visiting Fenway Park in Boston where the boys met the “White Rhino.” While in a souvenir store, they chatted with a man handing out free photos for autographs. After being seated on the first base side in Section 15, the same man from the store tapped them on the back and asked if they would like better seats. He led them to Section 20 directly located behind home plate.

The boys found out the man goes by the nickname of White Rhino and for years has volunteered at Fenway Park. In return, White Rhino receives standing room tickets to every home game as well as any extra seats. The boys and White Rhino had a great time talking and at the end of the game he offered to get them into Fenway the next two nights for free.

Helping out in Autograph Alley, where former players come each night to sign photos and other souvenirs was the one stipulation to White Rhino’s invitation. The boys accepted the invitation and enjoyed great games and great times. A small price for lasting memories!

Daniel, a rising junior at Kennesaw State University, is the son of Teresa and David Adams. Clay, a rising junior at University of Georgia, is the son of Leigh Anne and Jim Cooney. Derek, a rising junior at UGA, is the son of Denise and Mickey O’Kelley. All three boys played baseball at North Cobb Christian. Daniel and Derek played one year at LaGrange College.

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Recently, the Smyrna High School Class of 1951 celebrated their 62nd year reunion with a luncheon at Howard’s Delicatessen in Smyrna. Sixteen graduates and eight guests attended and shared stories from times gone by. Four of the graduates, Jean Faucett Barden, Mildred Clayton Broyles, Phillip Walker, and Pete Wood attended school together from first grade until graduation.

In 1952, Smyrna High School and Fitzhugh Lee School in Oakdale merged to form Campbell High School. The Smyrna building was later torn down.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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