WHO'S NUMBER ONE?

WHO'S NUMBER ONE?

From Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul

Who’s Number One?

Team spirit is what gives so many companies an edge over their competitors.

George L. Clements

I was the new coach of a Little League baseball team and had not yet learned the names of my players. At our first game, I called each boy by the number on his uniform. When I yelled, “Number 5, your time to bat,” Jeff Smith came to the plate to hit. When I called for “Number 7,” Steve Heinz jumped up. Then I asked for “Number 1,” and no one emerged from the dugout. Again I called for Number 1. Still no one.

As the umpire looked on, annoyed at this delay of the game, I shouted, “Who’s Number 1?”

That’s when the whole team yelled, “We are, Coach! We are!”

Kenneth L. Montgomery

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