Giving Others the Credit

Giving Others the Credit

In 1954 the New York Giants took the world series from the Cleveland Indians in four straight games. The Indians had a great team that year, and it took some playing to beat them in four straight.

In the second game of the series, two men were hailed as the stars—"Dusty" Rhodes, the great hitter, and Johnny Antonelli, who pitched the Giants to victory. Naturally, the crowd went wild over both.

At the game's end, the Giants' dressing room was crowded—all the people you see on television pushed in. Fans, autograph seekers, and especially newspaper reporters and photographers. And mostly to see "Dusty" Rhodes and Johnny Antonelli.

But over in the corner was another hero—the man who might well have deserved to be called the real hero. Not a single photographer took his picture. And only one reporter asked him any questions. His name was Wes Westrum.

No, you'll probably never hear the name of Wes Westrum. But he, Westrum, was the hero of the series.

Westrum played catcher. And it's the catcher who runs the ball team on the field. He's like the quarterback in a football game.

Ever watch the pitcher out on the mound, just before the wind­up? He stands there silently, gazing toward the batter. Actually, he's getting the signal for this or that kind of pitch. The catcher signals a curve, a fast ball, a slider, or whatever he thinks the batter can't hit. Then the pitcher does his best to deliver the order.

From behind the plate, Wes Westrum masterminded the 1954 World Series victory for the Giants. Johnny Antonelli threw whatever Westrum called for.

Who should get the most credit? That's for you to decide. But do you think Westrum, the catcher, should get any less credit than Antonelli, the pitcher? Hardly. But, in the public mind, it was Antonelli who won the ball game.

Was Wes Westrum peeved or jealous? Not on your life. Listen to what he told the single reporter who thought enough of him to ask his opinion after the final game: "We won the game. What more could anybody want?"

As you grow older, you'll find yourself in Wes Westrum's place more than once. No, perhaps not playing in the World Series.

But in this respect: You'll work hard and make some project successful. Then somebody else will get the credit.

Unfair? It happens every day.

Perhaps you'll do the hard, dirty work in some organization and nobody says to you: "What a fine job! You deserve a lot of credit!"

Well, take this advice: Don't get sore about it. Instead, take a joyful attitude that you could do your part.

And in the long run you'll be recognized for your worth, provided you don't quit too soon.

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