Who's the "most durable" bat boy in baseball history? To hear Guinness World Records tell it, Stan Bronson Jr. holds the honor. Bronson, age 84, has been serving as the University of Memphis's bat boy for 55 years ... and counting.
In an excellent profile over at NPR, we learn that Bronson, who has battled a learning disability and speech impediment his entire life, showed up at the Memphis campus in 1958 looking for work (not long after being fired from another nearby university). The football coach, however, said he didn't have the money to hire him. Bronson's winning reply? "'Don't need money," he said. "Need a job."
He got one. And kept one. For 55 years and counting. That's impressive enough as it is, but it's boundlessly impressive for a man who, because of his genetic challenges, wasn't expected to live beyond his twenties.
Bronson's jersey has been retired by the university, and one of the highlights of any Memphis game is seeing Bronson bow and doff his cap to the crowd at the end of every seventh inning ...
(Photo credit: University of Memphis athletics)
Here's the full profile from NPR, which is very much worth your while: