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The significance of a trophy


The significance of a trophy
(Back, from left) Barney Martinez, Robert “Pato” Barrera, Mike Martinez, Louis “Bibo” Martinez, Juan Sauceda, Juan “Pimfe” Perez, (front) Ignacio “Nacho” Barrera (holding trophy), Ruben Herrera Sr., Camilo Montoya Jr., and Alex “Hondo” Perez


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I had thought it had only been about a year since I wrote about the Falstaff Falcons, but after going through my binder, I found that it was actually August of 2010. After the article was published, my sons asked me why I had not mentioned all the trophies the Falcons had won. Of course! How could I have forgotten all the trophies that filled the shelves on two walls of Henry’s little office at the warehouse? Henry says that they were all either first- or second-place trophies. Since the team existed for several years, there were different players through the years.

Some time after my story came out, there was a knock at our front door. It was my friend, Mar’a Barrera (not to be mistaken for Mary Barrera from Head Start), holding an 8-by-10 picture in a frame. It was one of the teams. She wanted to share it with us. Her husband Robert “Boy” also played with the Falcons, but is not in this group. I told her I would do a follow-up on the story. It has taken me almost two years.

After Henry turned over the warehouse to his brother, Reynaldo, he stored the trophies at the Flieller warehouse on B Street, at Sonny’s invitation.

Eventually, the better trophies were donated to the Little League organization. They would clean them up and replace the inscriptions before awarding them. Henry took some home and put them in the casita that we had out back. Leonard remembers that once when a group of Boy Scouts from San Antonio came to camp out at the pasture that Henry was leasing on the Blake property, our boys and their cousins formed a team and played a game of baseball against the Scouts. Our boys’ team won, but Henry still gave a trophy to the other team. Leonard says they didn’t think it was fair. But it was a nice gesture on Henry’s part. He was trying to instill good sportsmanship in the Castro boys.

Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email address is juliamcastro1@gmail.com.
 

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