Acheson leaves – A page from Mickey Stanley’s book | Editorial

For baseball purists, Detroit Tiger the great Mickey Stanley is arguably the best utility player in Major League Baseball history.

Stanley started out as an everyday center fielder for the Tigers. Then, in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tiger’s manager Mayo Smith did what many have dubbed the “bravest call” in sporting history by getting Mickey to shortstop so Smith could be more offensive outfield with the likes of z the infamous Willie Horton, Hall of Famers Al Kaline and Jim Northrup. Smith’s move also scored a more than 100 point better shortstop at Stanley, and as a gold glove outfielder, Smith knew Stanley would be a “viable” infielder. In this series, Mickey made only two mistakes in his new position.

Mayo’s train was instrumental in the 68 World Tigers Championship. But Mickey Stanley’s fame as a utility fielder came late in his career; In the 1975 season he played 15 games in midfield, 14 in left field, 14 on the first, seven on the third and one as a designated batsman of the team. While this column sounds like it’s baseball, it’s more about doing what you need to do to make the team better.

Today is my last day as General Manager of the White Mountain Independent. I do not make this statement with remorse or sadness. Suffice it to say, my position in the company is now considered a GM more than any day. My new office is in the Kramer Media advertising building in Casa Grande. But my work will land me in the White Mountains, which will likely be a weekly visit as I will be helping with corporate key accounts. While I could never be the provider that Mickey Stanley is, I will work as hard as I can every day to better contribute to my employer and the communities in which I serve.

My first day at work for the Kramer family was November 12, 2001, when I was hired as the advertising manager here. The first year was pretty eventful. Watching my beloved Diamondbacks win the World Series, started my new job in an area I instantly fell in love with and was evacuated from Show Low when the fire of the rodeo chediski complex fell on us. On the one hand, I can honestly count the days when I was afraid to go to work.

Working for the Kramers in the White Mountains was a dream job. And I’ve worked for a company the longest. What made this a dream job for me was the people I work with in and outside of this building. White Mountain Publishing exudes a culture of family atmosphere. Many of my colleagues are like siblings, nieces or nephews. And their families are like my extended family. I laughed and cried with my work family when they saw big changes in their life, just as they did with me. The people in the White Mountains have always hugged me as one of their own. I now have many lifelong friends that I’ve made in nearly 20 years here. Having lived in many different parts of the western state, I’ve never seen a community that stand together and support one another like the White Mountain Community.

Long ago, when I was frustrated with the state of affairs at the national and state levels, I decided that these were arenas that I could never influence. But as I looked around the White Mountains, I realized that giving time to causes that matter to me can help. And it was worth it.

Instead of complaining, I now lace up my community service boots and join in. As a result, I’ve made lifelong friends, been adopted by multiple families, and got involved in a community to which I will forever be indebted. Some of the organizations I’ve been involved with include the Show Low Chamber of Commerce, Show Low Meals on Wheels, White Mountains Hangar Dance, and many one-off events. Giving back to my community is the least I can do for a community that has given me so much. My largest financial contributions have gone to PD Pinetop-Lakeside, PD Show Low PD, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Arizona Department of Public Security. But that’s a different story for a different time, yeah, I’ve got a lead foot.

Thank you White Mountain Community, thank you very much to the White Mountain Publishing family, and thank you to all of you for making this place such an amazing place to live. Now that today is a new day, may I give the statement card to Gary Tackett.

Gary leaves the Kramer family’s Payson office to take over. He has years of experience in the business world, has served in many Rim Country organizations, and as a lifelong Detroit Tiger fan, I know Mr. Tackett knows who Mickey Stanley is.

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