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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:12

Everyone has heard the baseball bat story; “He’s not right; he must have been hit in the head with a baseball bat”.  What if you were actually hit with a baseball bat?  When David Huffman was 9 years old at the Klingberg Children’s Home in New Britain, CT, behind the paved playground, there was a field.  There were 50 boys and 50 girls in the children’s home.  It wasn’t hard to get enough boys together to play a little baseball or 3 fly’s up.  3 grounders equal 1 fly; you catch 3 fly’s it’s your turn to bat.  David was catching for the batter as the ball was thrown back from the outfield after a catch.  The batter swung and he hit Huffman’s head instead of the ball.  There was blood everywhere.  Huffman has a dent in his head shaped like a baseball bat to date.  He was then blown up in an explosion that caused him to be blind in Vietnam 9/1968; and a car accident which caused him to be temporarily paralyzed in 1970.  He still did okay in school at the Klingberg’s Children’s Home after he was hit with the baseball bat.  He flunked 7th and 9th grade at P.S. DuPont High School when he returned home to his family in the projects in Wilmington, DE.  He quit after 10th grade.  In 1969 at the blind rehabilitation for Veterans in Hines, IL he earned his GED.  From ’73 through ’81 he earned a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science, another one in Criminal Justice, and a Juris Doctorate of Law.  Still Huffman could not tell you if he recommends a blow to the head.  The outcome could go in either direction. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:18