#Lighting @VisitLumberton July 17

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Baseball and Lighting

Today is my wife’s birthday. I am blessed to have been married to her for 38 years and have got to celebrate 39 birthdays with her. Some of her birthdays have included surprise parties including one in 2016 but this year is low key because tomorrow is our granddaughter Bryleigh 1st birthday.

My wife

Mira Selfie

My wife with our granddaughter Bryleigh in kitchen last month.

Bryleigh and Gibby in Kitchen June 2018

So how do you transition from wife’s birthday to baseball and lighting. Well my wife is on the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association Board that is responsible for bringing the Dixie Youth World Series to our hometown of Lumberton NC.

One of the dangers of baseball for both players and spectators is lighting. In fact on July 17, 1914 NY Giants Outfielder Red Murray was knocked unconscious by lighting to end a 21 inning game.

A lot has changed with technology to help in predicting lighting and making the game safer for the players and spectators. That safety mind set will be in play during the Dixie Youth World Series.

Lighting is the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard that physically active people and spectators of outdoor sports face each year. Video below shows MLB games impacted by lighting.

According to Orville and Huffines research (2001), there are approximately 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the United States each year, resulting in nearly 100 deaths and an additional 500 injuries. While it appears that the number of overall deaths from lightning strikes is decreasing, trends show that the number of injuries continues to rise.

Hope we have no lighting delays when Lumberton, NC hosts the World Series but if we do remember any delays or postponements will be to keep everyone safe. One of my favorite quotes is that “lighting is undefeated”.

Happy Birthday Mira and thanks for all you do for LYBA and to keep everyone safe.



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