Willie Mays remembers ‘sadness and fear’ after JFK’s death
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. (PHOTO: AP Photo)
On Nov. 22, 1963 — 50 years ago this Friday — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas stunned↲ the nation. In remembrance, LIFE Magazine published The Day Kennedy Died , which includes celebrities’ recollections of hearing the shocking news. The magazine shared Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ memory of the day with For The Win.
It was offseason↲ for baseball and I was going to play some golf. I was just leaving, walking through the door. I’d left the radio on and heard a voice cut into the broadcast. It caught my attention. I backed up to listen.
The news didn’t seem real. The man said President Kennedy had been shot. My heart filled with so much sadness and fear. How could they shoot↲ the President? I started to cry. I stood there and listened as hard as I could. Maybe I had heard it wrong.
But I’d heard it right.
I had been invited↲ to the inauguration, but couldn’t make it. I always thought that I would have another chance to meet President Kennedy. I never did. But I have met many members of his family and that has been a wonderful↲ thing in my life. They have gone forward and done great things with their lives.
Now, thinking back, there is still sadness and regret but even hope. I was sad for my country on that November day in 1963, but I see these young ones coming up↲ and I have hope.
JFK’s death impacted many aspects of American life, including the sporting world . Like Mays, most Americans who can remember the day will never forget it
- stunned ↔ chocou ↲
- recollections ↔ lembranças
- Hall of Famer ↔ membro do “Hall of Fame” (melhores jogadores de beisebol)
- offseason ↔ na baixa temporada ↲
- a voice cut into the broadcast ↔ uma voz que cortou a transmissão
- shoot ↔ atirar ↲
- I had been invited ↔ Eu fui convidado ↲
- but couldn’t make it ↔ mas não consegui comparecer
- wonderful ↔ maravilhoso ↲
- sadness ↔ tristeza
- regret ↔ pesar, remorso
- coming up ↔ crescendo ↲
- the sporting world ↔ mundo esportivo
|Fiquei boquiaberto ↔I was stunned!|
|A noiva não está simplesmente deslumbrante? ↔Isn’t the bride just stunning?|
|She was stunned. ↔Ela foi paralisada.|
|Airline tickets to Florida in July are generally less expensive since it’s off-season.|
|ele foi morto a tiro ↔he was shot dead|
|Que maravilha ↔How wonderful!|
|an up-and-coming young actorum ator jovem cada vez mais conhecido|
|Está se formando uma tempestade ↔A storm is coming up|