If ever there were an individual, who played and lived baseball for 88 years, it’s Wayne (Twig) Terwilliger of Weatherford.
“Twig,” as he is often called, is still in the work place as he approaches his 89th year. A recent story in one of the Metroplex’s newspapers says Twig is sacking groceries at a Willow Park grocery store. It’s not that Twig needs the money – he just likes people and wants something to do each day.
Prior to his baseball playing day, Twig spent some time in the Marine Corps during World War II. He took part in three invasions in the Pacific area – Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.
In 1948, he signed on with the Chicago Cubs as a second baseman for $450 per month. He played nine seasons in the major league, five of these were full seasons. In addition to playing for the Cubs, he later played for the Dodgers, Senators, Giants and Athletics.
When the Washington Senators relocated to the Metroplex in the early 1970s, he came with the team as the Third Base Coach. He later went with the Minnesota Twins (1986-1994) as the First Base Coach.
He returned to Texas in 2003 to manage the Fort Worth Cats. Two years later, Twig’s Fort Worth team won the Central Baseball League Championship. This was the first Championship for the Cats since 1948.
After 62 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager, he retired in 2010.
Perhaps Twig can take a little time off from his grocery store job to watch the Rangers play some games in Arlington or even watch some of his former teams on television. Yep, Wayne (Twig) Terwilliger still has baseball in his 88-year-old heart.
Thanks to Roger Ammons of Stephenville for calling this story to YOC’s attention.
Someone recently called to my attention an old weather prediction – “If it thunders in February, then on the same date in April, frost will be present. If this adage proves to be true, then Stephenville can look forward to two frosts in April – one in early April and the second one around April 25.
Brrrr as in COLD – Grrrrr as in BEAR.
Next Tuesday’s (March 25) Snippets will feature the popular item, backpacks. If one surveys a university’s campus or high school, one will quickly observe the backpacks are attached to the backs of many students.
My long-time friend, Brad Thompson, suggested a column on this gadget (or whatever one might call them).
Tune in next Tuesday. You might pick up some little known information about backpacks.
If you are wondering when Easter will come this year, you might mark Sunday, April 20. It’s late this year. Old timers will often tell you –“A late Easter can indicate COLD weather during the month of April.”
’TIL NEXT TIME – “When you are over the hill, you tend to pick up speed.”—Anonymous.
Dr. Stuart Chilton, a retired educator/journalist, lives in Stephenville.