Whirty: My Buck Leonard story: Dennis Graham and research obsession

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on April 16, 2018:

To wit: the saga of Dennis Wilson Graham and how the hand of fate maneuvers people of different backgrounds, mindframes and eras into a tapestry that, while intricate and sometimes admittedly tenuous, comes together seamlessly to help someone remember that life ain’t so bad, that we’re all connected, and that pushing forward is the right thing to do.

Dennis Graham also, of course, represents my maddening tendency to get lost in minutae and online databases to the point that I become a babbling, tedious mess of a writer and researcher. Seriously, I can drone aimlessly. You know it. I know it. Here we are.

So, a launching point: while researching Buck Leonard for this blog series, including his connection to his hometown and state, I came across this in the June 29, 1966, issue of the Rocky Mount Telegram, Buck’s hometown paper. It’s an installment of a regular column written by (apparently) another Rocky Mount native who, coincidentally, settled in Pittsburgh, just like Buck did for most of his career.

Read the full article here: https://homeplatedontmove.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/my-buck-story-dennis-graham-and-research-obsession/

Originally published: April 20, 2018. Last Updated: April 20, 2018.