In a small town in the middle of Washington State, in a field inside a chain linked fence, in a game fewer than a 100 people saw, a home run was hit -- not memorable for the distance it traveled or the game it decided, but for the meaning it carried. Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman was already her school's career leader in them. But when a twist of fate and a torn knee ligament brought them face to face with each other and face to face with the end of their playing days, they combined on a home run trot that celebrated the collective human spirit far more than individual athletic achievement. ESPN reports on an unforgettable expression of sportmanship.


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  • Robert John Biedermann

    I am playing the Wizard in the Broadway National Tour of The Wizard Of OZ and every night I hand out Brains, Courage and Heart to the Scarecrow, Lion and TinMan. For your Team there is no need for any of those gifts because you have them all especially the HEART, congratulations and may all your days remember what you did that day. Thank You

  • Ashley

    That's so wonderful, no other word would describe it, it takes a lot of actitude to go and help her when you in the other team, because I know man of us would have stand there wodering and saying poor girl, but they helped her and in the right time and with that they took what really worthed in the game, its value, the team work and friendship of the game, trully a beautiful scene.

  • Karthik

    Wow! that was an amazing video of the human spirit ... had tears rolling down my eyes. Thanks for posting this!

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