October 28, 2008
DMG's Father Would Be 92 Today
Happy Birthday to my father, Madison "Bud" Green! Born in 1916, Dad would have been 92 today, if he hadn't passed away at age 71 on November 20, 1987, when he suffered a heart attack after reeling in a catfish at a nearby lake. My mother, Helen (Rummelhart) Green, took this picture of Dad and me in 1949, when Bud was 32 and I was just 5 months old.
Dad and Mom both grew up in small towns in Iowa. Dad was from Lone Tree, while Mom was from nearby Riverside. Somehow they met and fell in love, and they were married on November 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, where 25-year-old Dad was serving with the U.S. Navy. Fifteen days later, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, which began World War II! My future parents hardly saw each other over the next four years, which is partly why I wasn't born until after their seven-year anniversary!
I received my love of baseball from my father, who used to play it, and I'm sure he would have been watching the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that didn't exist when he was alive.
Every time I go to Petco Park to see the Padres play, I try to walk past a building at 7th and J that my dad worked in during the '50s and '60s. I give a little lucky rub to the loading dock doors that I know he must have opened hundreds of times, and thus take him symbolically with me to the new ballpark.
Tonight I'm going to the SD Bloggers Meetup Group's first anniversary party, and at some point I plan to lift my glass and toast my Dad, "Here's to you, Bud Green!"