In Memory of Mister John (Skip) "the pirate" Longacre.
Skip was one of the original House of David Echoes base ball players in 2001. He was one of my favorite characters on the club that had wit, a wonderful sense of humor, athletic abilities and quite the theatrical personality that gave the Echoes their fun-loving charisma from our first outing in July of 2001. Skip added an element of classy, sarcastic humor that often lightened up the cranks and the field of players. Skip was always quick with a reply in humor or a remark that begged more bantering, all in good fun that enlivened our early years. A well educated and well rounded person that could talk on most levels of interesting and informative conversations. His untimely death in 2005 was a great loss to all of his wide family of friends, team mates, associates and admirers. Often thinking back on the amazingly good chemistry the early team years had and within the wide circumference of personalities, professions and back grounds. Skip was part of the classy act that made our club a draw and very much a big part of the glue that kept us all going forward towards another year together. The enjoyment of the sport, the travel, the camaraderie was a magic not often found within the athletic setting. But, our records reveal the magic had nothing to do with wins or losses, but enjoying the ideals and origins of 1858 "vintage" base ball. Truly in a league of its own. We, the House of David Echoes, will always remember the years with Skip Longacre and treasure the team chemistry that he was so very much a part of.
"Captain" Ron Taylor
"juss tryin' ta du ole Johnnie Tuck's job at first base ............