Retired Marcellus educator is officially on deck at Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Former Marcellus eighth-grade teacher Herm Card could be the poster child for this statement: There is life after school.
He's not talking about practice or homework or even detention. Card's after school is retirement, something a few teachers will be facing come June. So take heart.
Card has worn many caps, including poet, thinker, baseball player, umpire, entertainer, officer and teacher. Not too soon after retirement from Marcellus' Driver Middle School, he combined his interests into the position of educator at the Baseball Hall of Fame (BHF) in Cooperstown. It's a commute but one Card joyfully drives, as the work is so compelling. His main responsibilities are school tours, video conferences to classrooms and curriculum writing.
Card said it is important to keep his hands in education, as it is difficult to be in something for 30 years, and not be committed to the cause.
"The education program at the Hall is fantastic," Card said.
Card's own discovery of baseball in his own words: "My father taught me respect for the game and respect for myself as a player. He taught me how to do a pop-up slide and how to catch a ground ball properly with two hands.
"He taught me that throwing my glove on the ground after an error (this as a college freshman) not only made me look ridiculous, but also was insulting to the game itself.
Respect for the game was an important theme in our household, more important than statistical values by a long shot. The need for conducting oneself with class, on and off the field, was one of the 'life lessons' of baseball."
"Nearly everything else, the spiritual, the "connection" to baseball, comes from my mother," he said.
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