From Babe Ruth to the Washington Nationals

October 3, 2012

Supporting Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

My dad's diary & photo of Babe RuthIn reviewing my father’s old journals, I found a 1920’s entry.  He was in New York City on July 30, 1921 and wrote “Attended ball game (New York Americans vs. Cleveland) at Polo Grounds.  Score 16 -1 favor Cleveland.  I was wishing Babe Ruth would knock a home run & he lifted one right to me.  We were in bleachers.  I had my coat & a book in hands so couldn’t grab it & it hit a man in the head sitting the side of me, knocking him out for a few minutes.  Feel like kicking myself for not throwing my coat down, but it came so sudden.”

My only experience with big league baseball players was when I attended a pre-season football game between the Redskins and the New England Patriots.  I was invited to sit in the owner’s box at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts.  Seated next to me was Joe DiMaggio.  I was, of course, overwhelmed.  I was speechless throughout the game, as was Joe.  When I tried to meekly open up the conversation, he was not forthcoming.  So, we watched the game in silence.

Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

A few weeks ago, our family foundation agreed to support an effort by the Washington Nationals baseball team to help endow educational programming for the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.  The academy will help youth in Washington’s inner city by providing a first class physical environment for after-school and summer programming.

The academy will implement a nationally recognized program model that uses baseball as a hook to empower youth to raise their educational aspirations and achievements, improve physical health and develop leadership skills.

As National's playoffs get underway, it's fun to look back on some of the greatest players and look forward to the role baseball can play in shaping the lives of our inner city youth.

I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

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Interesting about your father. Only a reader brings a book to the ball game for the 7th inning stretch and only a writer writes; your father was a literary man. I noticed his last entry in his day's journal of taking a cold bath before bed: what fortitude! Brrr!

I think Marriott is the best choice to me, I can develop my talent and learn much knowledge. What's more, I learned the culture of Marriott and made many friends in Renaissance,and I know we are the ambassadors with good quality and caring.

What a cool story! Thank you for sharing. The way you felt when you saw Joe DiMagio, that is how I have felt both times I have had the occasion to meet you. Just in case you didn't know, we all get a little star struck by you. Thank you for being so approachable and available to your associates!

I just want to say thank you for supporting the Washington Dc Inner city youth baseball camps. My three sons had a chance this summer to visit some of the camps. Im a associate of Marriott an this truly makes me proud. This inner city baseball has truly paved the way for my sons. As three young African American boys baseball has truly inspired them to push hard.