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Thanks for explaining how Cone became noted, fairly or unfairly, for sexual irresponsibility. It was those mean old repressive Jesuits at Rockhurst High who tried to impose their Catholic morality on him. So that's it! Maybe if they had taught him, as more enlightened educators do today, that anything goes as long as you use a condom, he might have been spared all this anguish.
The statement in your story that David Cone "was the star of the basketball team" is incorrect. He was a starter, not a star, at Rockhurst High in Kansas City. Anthony Augman, an all-metro player, was the team's leading scorer, and 6'8" Mike Teahan, an honorable mention all-metro player, was the leading rebounder. Yes, Cone did lead the school to a district football title, but he was one of the few Rockhurst quarterbacks in the 1980s who did not take his team to the state championship game.
Hey, guys, give us a break! Your article about David Cone borders on tabloid stuff. You shine your "defining moments" spotlight brightly upon the alleged sexual escapades, fights, etc., but you barely illuminate with a few sentences all the good things he has done. I wonder how many highly paid athletes give as much back to family and community as Cone does. One thing not mentioned in the story is his recent donation of almost $1.5 million to his high school for a baseball diamond. Rockhurst High has had a baseball team for five or six years but does not have a baseball field. The team practices and plays home games in public parks.
Another interesting fact is that Ron Blomberg and I were roommates on the Yankees when I was called up to the majors. He was playing first base in the game in which I got my hit.
I went to a benefit dinner some years ago, and Lefty Gomez was the guest speaker. He told a story claiming that the American League brought in the designated hitter rule because in his 14 years with the Yankees he had only two regular-season hits. One of his two hits was a double, and he got picked off second base. When Lefty returned to the dugout, the manager asked him what happened. Lefty's answer was, "I don't know. I've never been there before."
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