successful, I found other Mets names for second and third declensions. As my high school paper noted when word got around that I was doing this, "Looks like Julius Ceasar has finally MET his match."
Latin Nouns – First Declension
When Swoboda was traded to the Expos in 1971, I was crushed. I remember seeing a man on the subway reading a newspaper that bore the backpage headline:
"End of an Era — Swoboda
Traded". That headline made the trade real to me. But unlike now, where my team "loyalties" are defined by whoever has Eric Byrnes, I remained a Mets fan. It was a different time.
After his playing days, Swoboda became a sports reporter and later a sports news director in New Orleans. I saw him on TV when I was in New Orleans in 1989.
Happy Birthday, Ron Swoboda! Thanks again for your part in the 1969 World Series…and for the help with the Latin.