I now know that baseball was just a small part of who you were. What you showed the world was just your shadow (fuzzy logic) a cover for a painful life within that I am just learning to understand and deal with five and half years after you decided this was not the place for you. It was yesterday (12th of March 2009) when I was reading what two friends of yours wrote in your Facebook that I realised that to many baseball was just a small aspect of you.
Leigh use to say that none of his friends played baseball. He liked that. Their only interest in baseball was Leigh. "Baseball is my job it is not me" he once wrote. I used to love watching Leigh pitch, it was an art form. He was so good. The Atlanta Brave's scout clocked him at 92 mph when he was 16. Nothing stressed him when he was on the mound. When he was pitching he had control of the universe yet still he said baseball was just his job. Just an act he was good at from daily practice from the age of seven when he announced he would play for the NY Yankees. No one in our area played baseball. Country South Australia is into Aussie Rules Footy and cricket.
You gave so much of yourself and are still remembered and missed by so many. Of your more than one-hundred friends in Facebook, not a one speaks about your baseball career. They only speak of missing a friend. I miss you too so much every day. Thank you for all you gave. I only keep your ashes with me on my desk or next to my bed because I have never known where to put them. We lived in so many places but I think one day I will spread them in either Mt. Compass or in Victor Harbor because there was a time we were happy in the Fleurieu Peninsula. I definitely will not leave them in the United States, Sydney or in Adelaide.
(SITEMAP) INDEX OF ALL URL updated 22 July 2018 Australian National Baseball Teams
August 1997 age 14 U-15 Australian National Team – Brisbane, Old, Australia
July 1998 age 15 - U 16 National Team July 11-19 World Championships Fairfield Heights, Illinois, USA – (Australia fourth in World Championship of 16 countries)
July 1999 age 16 Australian National Team, Johannesburg, South Africa
July 1999 age 16 Australian Schoolboys National Team Lismore, NSW, Australia
July 2000 age 17 Australian Schoolboys National Team, Florida, USA
July 2000 age 17 Australian National Team, U-18, Canada
December 2000 age 17 International Baseball League Championship Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
November 7, 2001 World Cup Taiwan
South Australian State Teams
State 1/1997 age 13 South Australian U/14 State Squad. - Glenelg, South Australia
State 1/1998 age 14 South Australian U-16s State Squad – Canberra, ACT
State 3/1998 age 14 South Australian School Boy Team – Brisbane, Queensland
State 1/1999 age 15 South Australian U-16s State Squad - Alice Springs, NT
State 5/1999 age 15 South Australia schoolboy team - Perth, WA
I will be in Sydney to celebrate Leigh’s life on August 16th, 2019, in front of the Novotel Hotel, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay. Last August 16, 2005 (and 2004) was a very cold and windy day in Sydney and as I left that evening to return to the States I realised I would be back at this spot on this day every year. For his friends who wish to share a thought with Leigh it was approximately five AM on August 16 the when he made his decision to leave – falling from the fifteenth floor balcony of his room at the Novotel that faced Olympic Stadium where he had played for Australia.