|Baseball Coach Bob Tompkins, Warrensburg, Missouri UCM|
By BLAIR KERKHOFF - McClatchy Newspapers
WARRENSBURG, MO. In the summer of 1973, Jim Crane was working two full-time jobs and playing baseball at home after returning from his freshman season at Central Missouri.
And that's where he planned to remain along with his mother and younger sister when his father, Bob, died of a heart attack.
It was then that Mules coach Bob Tompkins drove to the Cranes' home in the St.Louis suburb of Dellwood. Joyce Crane, Jim's mother, and Tompkins agreed that pursuit of a college degree should not be abandoned. "Bob Tompkins would have made the same trip and had the same conversation with any of his players," said Kevin Kinsella, a former teammate family friend of the Cranes who lives in Overland Park, Kan. "That was the kind of coach and person he was. And I think it was a turning point in Jim's life." Which makes Tompkins' trip that day a turning point in many lives. Crane is about to become the owner of the Houston Astros, a purchase made possible by an astounding business career...........................
Tompkins, who died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 55, coached the
|Bob Tompkins, Mules Baseball Coach, |
UCM Warrensburg, MO
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