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This is exactly like a baseball glove I had

It's a Rawlings Bob Cerv model. I think mine came from my significantly older brother's friend across the street, Bill. He was a good guy.

I knew my major-league baseball players when I was about 10. But Bob Cerv was a little before my time. And so I didn't even realize that his was an actual player's name. I thought it was some sporting goods marketer's play on words. You know, a stylized spelling of “curve.”

What a maroon I was.

Anyway, that glove saved my life a time or two.

In the “Star Trek” story line, warp speed will be invented in Montana a few decades from now.

But I am here to tell you that 1960s kids batting Super Balls and little green apples came close to making objects move faster than the speed of light. And that trusty old Bob Cerv proved to be a valuable shield more than once.

Do you remember your glove?

(If you are a female of a certain age who cannot fathom how I could possibly remember Bob Cerv's name, please consult a man about this. He will explain. But thanks for checking out my blog.)  

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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