Years ago, a fuzzy cheeked
Iowa farmboy blazed into
the Mistake on the Lake.
His high heat was faster
than a motorcycle.
and set them all down.
Get a hit on opening day?
The Pale Hose would have to wait.
Eighteen Brownies swung and missed,
he faced the All-Stars in the Bronx,
he couldn't drink or smoke
but the Senior Circuit left the sacks bulging.
One hundred wins as a callow youth,
he was on his way to sign with the Tribe
on that infamous Sunday.
Then Rapid Robert heeded his country's call,
The Van Meter heater went on the shelf
unless things got slow on shipboard.
The Hawkeye farm boy served and went home,
and won more games, fanning more batters
than almost anyone else.
He even helped the Tribe win the Series
But those battles in the Pacific
were his biggest foes
and all like those who served,
his biggest win.