Green army duffel bags
It just now occurred to me that, very likely, those green army duffel bags that were in every little league dugout of my youth, very likely, those duffel bags came from young men who had, before we came around, fought in Vietnam. Very likely. In our youth, they held Easton bats and Wilson catcher’s gear and Rawlings balls but before–and not all that much before–they held all kinds of different things. Now, no doubt, the little league teams have moved on, to bags made specifically to carry baseball gear. But not then, not in the 1980s and into the 1990s. Our fathers, our uncles, had been to Vietnam, and they coached our teams, using what they had to carry what they wanted.