AN EARTHQUAKE IN CHINA / Ken Kalfus I CAN'T REMEMBER NOW if it's Richie Cort who was the kid with leukemia and Burt Green who is the baseball star, or whether it's the other way around. My eyes sting in the cathode ray shower gushing from my video display terminal, ink from the disintegrating papers scattered about the newsroom clogs my pores, the desk is screaming for copy--but I'm not even sure if I'm Stanley Besserman This is the one about the slugger visiting the dying boy in the hospital and promising to dedicate his next home run to him. I was there with several other journalists, the kid's family, representatives of the hospital and baseball club managements and the kid himself, who appeared much too weak to hold for the photographers the autographed balls the star had brought him. This sort of thing goes on all the time, maybe every day that I show up for work. A national celebrity, the star may not be the team's most valuable player, but he'd be the one to whom a ten-year-old kid would write from the hospital, the one who would respond by visiting the boy on his next
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1987
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