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Mixing Love and Baseball

By John Kelly
Wednesday, March 30, 2005; Page C13

When she was a 15-year-old student at McKinley Tech in the District, Kate Sunday fell in love with a Washington Senators batboy.

She didn't know George Catloth was a batboy when she decided to go steady with him at a New Year's Eve party as 1934 turned into 1935. But when spring rolled around, Kate learned she'd be sharing George with nine men.

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"I used to sit out there in the bleachers at old Griffith Stadium and watch him," said Kate, 85.

George was 16 and had been a batboy for four seasons, sweeping the clubhouse, shining players' shoes and toting bats back to the dugout during games. He'd also hang out with the ballplayers, occasionally accompanying them to a Bladensburg restaurant called the Rustic Cabin, where one table always had a sign on it that read "Reserved for Senators."

It was there that young George went on a bit of a bender one night, coming home late and passing out in the bathroom of his family's house at Sixth Street and Florida Avenue NW.

The incident inspired young Kate to pen a poem she titled "The Tenth Inning of the Ball Game":

Nine innings is the usual ball game.

I've known that most of my life.

But a long tenth inning of the ball game

Has cost me my home and my wife.

When the usual nine frames were over,

I went out for the tenth with the crowd.

One hour stretched into another.

I stayed longer than I was allowed.

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