April 17, 2024


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Frank Jolley retires Friday from Daily Commercial

Daily Commercial sports reporter Frank Jolley speaks to MDCA boys basketball coach Steven Hayes after an MDCA basketball game in January. Jolley is retiring on July 1 after 19 years at the Daily Commercial and more than 40 as a reporter.

Indicating goodbye.

It’s some thing we all have to do at some position in our life, even though it’s anything number of of us are ever comfortable performing.

That is exactly where I’m at right now. After 40-in addition decades of stringing words and phrases together for a residing, I’m packing absent my pen and notebook.

My remaining day at the Day by day Business is Friday. After that, I’ll return to the ranks of rabid fandom and loving athletics for the excitement that accompanies waking up on sport day.

For me, sporting activities is a passion. In reality, I can’t remember when it was not.

My adore affair with sports began as youngster, when my dad would consider me to Tinker Field in Orlando to check out the Minnesota Twins go as a result of spring training. I’d sit with him in the grandstands — becoming uncovered to the nectar that is ballpark food — and be regaled with stories about Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle.

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Daily Commercial reporter Frank Jolley eats a sausage dog at a Leesburg Lightning game at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field in Leesburg.

It was enjoy at very first sight and didn’t choose very long — just one or two visits to the ballpark — to recognize I needed to be a experienced athlete. Like most kids, nonetheless, it didn’t choose very long to notice I experienced no upcoming as a participant, no make any difference how a lot I practiced.

That’s when destiny stepped in.

All-around that very same time, I formulated an desire in crafting and athletics crafting in particular. I might invest my days seated in entrance of a guide typewriter, observing games on tv and writing a gamer — a video game tale — dependent on the fashion and formats I identified in our morning newspaper.