Rosie Lou Person
was born in 1927 and grew up on a plantation in Midway, Alabama,
with one brother and eleven sisters. When she was 15, she began
helping her father pick cotton, grow peas and plow the farm.
Rosie Lou left Alabama
for East Chicago, met Early Person, had 7 children, and seven grandchildren,
one of whom she raised, Kenny Lofton. Kenny, who was 4 1/2 pounds
when he was born, was so tiny, his bassinet was a dresser drawer.
It was Rosie Lou who taught Kenny how to throw his first baseball.
Kenny has overcome
many obstacles to arrive at where he is today. He promised his grandmother
that he would go to college - and he did, on a basketball scholarship
to the University of Arizona. He did not start playing baseball
until late in his college years. Kenny also overcame a stuttering
problem as a child - inspired in many respects by the strength and
courage of his grandmother.
Unbeknownst to many,
Kenny's favorite food is banana pudding, and he has a very special
recipe, which he will only share with Rosie Lou. His greatest accomplishment,
notwithstanding all of his athletic achievements, was buying his
grandmother her home.
Rosie Lou is blind, but this does not
stop her from attending Kenny's games with the rest of her family
and yelling at the refs when they call him out. Rosie says that
Kenny inherited her stubbornness and that what she loves most about
him is that he was always obedient and a very, very good boy...
Kenny, whose team always seems to be
going to the World Series when he is on the roster, is now back
playing wiht the Cleveland Indians.