Re: Origin of Lefty's name

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2018-03-01 13:31:16 in reply to Origin of Lefty's name posted by Nick on 2018-03-01 11:00:54

Just got off the phone with Lefty and we talked about how he got his nick name "Lefty". Lefty grew up in a black neighborhood and played street spots with the black kids and Lefty was indeed, left handed. Everyone had a nick name back then and the black kids started calling him Lefty instead of Bernard. It's stuck. Later when he was teaching fly casting he found it a bit awkward to try to teach a right hand caster by demonstrating with his left hand so he learned to cast right handed and to do it very well. Later, late 70s, he did tear the muscle of his left-upper arm and from then on he just casted right handed. He was still Lefty of course. He wasn't going to start having folks call him Bernard. That's his story and he's sticking to it... grin.


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