Sr. Marilyn's Best Baseball Moment
During this time when baseball is set to begin a new season, it seems appropriate to relate a baseball story from Victory Noll. Sister Marilyn Schatz is probably the biggest baseball fan among Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters. A native of Ellicott City, Md., Sr. Marilyn has followed the game all her life while her mission work took her all across the country.
"I'm a baseball fan. I love the game, period. I don't care who plays, I love to watch the game. I'm from Baltimore, so my favorite team is the Orioles. I know they fight every year for that last place, and every year they make it. But next year, it'll be different."
Sr. Marilyn relates her most memorable baseball moment:
"I was at a convention in St. Louis in 1968. My friend and I came down for breakfast and the place was jammed. There was one table with just one seat, so I told my friend to sit there, and I'd go over and sit at the counter. There was one space between all these businessmen around this circular counter. I hopped up and made an order, and then when I looked up, I gasped. The guy next to me asked me what was the matter. I said 'That's Bob Gibson!' He said 'Yeah, so what?' Then I looked at him and said, 'And you're the catcher!' I started looking around, and there was the whole team! I just sat there in awe. I can't remember what I ate, or even if I ATE my breakfast. As they all got up to leave, each one came by me and tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Pray for us, Sister.' "
Just as a side note, the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals were one of the best teams in baseball history, finishing 97-65 before losing to the Detroit Tigers in an all-time classic World Series. The Cardinals were led by Gibson, who won the Cy Young award that year and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. There were two other Hall of Famers on that squad in Lou Brock and Orlando Cepeda, as well as Roger Maris, the player who hit 61 home runs in 1961 to break Babe Ruth's record. The catcher Sr. Marilyn sat next to at the counter was Tim McCarver, who is now a baseball broadcaster with FOX Sports.