In the Little League Newsletter this month was an interesting story I'd like to share with you.
David Patraeus was a tough competitor as an 11-year-old in Cornwall (N.Y.) Little League. More than 40 years later, he was selected by President Bush to head the Coalition Forces in Iraq.
A lieutenant general in the United States Army, David Howell Patraeus was unanimously confirmed in January by the Senate as Commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq, succeeding Army Gen. George Casey.
���He was shy, but if you gave him the ball, and told him to do something ��� he���d do it,��� Mr. Goldsmith, a retired facility manager with the New York State Parks Service, said. ���When you spoke to him, it was like talking to a grown-up. He was very smart, and a well-disciplined young man.���
Mr. Bloom, who passed away several years ago, and Mr. Goldsmith, 74, appreciated the opportunities that playing Little League afforded the players. Many of the lessons that baseball can teach come through in real-life situations, which was always a point of emphasis in the duo���s coaching philosophy.