In 1926, Johnny Sylvester got kicked in the head by a horse. The wound got badly infected. Doctors told his parents the bad news. Johnny would die.
“I wish I could see Babe Ruth wallop a homer before I die,” Johnny told his parents.
So they sent a telegram to the great slugger of the New York Yankees. And Babe Ruth sent an answer. He would hit a homer just for Johnny in the next game.
Johnny Sylvester instantly became one of the most famous boys in baseball history. Did Babe Ruth slug one for Johnny? Yes! In fact, he hit three homers in that game. It was an incredible gift for young Johnny.
But let’s get back to his injury. Were the doctors right? Did Johnny Sylvester die?
Yes, they were right. Johnny did die – but not until he was 74.
The Bible says, “It is appointed to man once to die.”
Babe Ruth was a legend. He still is. Perhaps it was his inspiration that led Johnny Sylvester to become one of America’s great business executives.
We can learn from that. Inspire someone today. You never know when their last days will come. But God does.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13).