One game in particular stands out in my memory. It was April of 1946, and Gladys got things going in her usual fine style as a small but enthusiastic faithful settled down to watch Dodger Pitcher Ed Head face the Boston Braves. Ed Head! The classic American sports story: the young southpaw with tons of promise hurts his arm in a high school bus accident and is told he's through as a pitcher. Undaunted, Head learns to pitch all over again right-handed and fights his way to the big leagues. His second big chance comes on that April day in 1946, and he responds with a no-hitter against the Braves. What a thrill it was to be there!
What ever happened to Gladys Goodding and Ed Head?
?Gladys Goodding, whose sporting music career spanned some 26 years at Ebbets Field and Madison Square Garden, died in 1963 at the age of 70. Ed Head, who had injured his right shoulder during a hitch in the Army the year before, pitched in only 13 games in 1946, winning three and losing two, then went on to become a minor league manager. He is now living in Bastrop, La.—ED.