Did you know that Chet Nichols served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War? Following his Major League career Nichols fought during the War, served as a Minor League pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles and spent twenty-five years of his life in the banking business — the poem below should now make perfect sense:
by Thomas Michael McDade
Could have been the jingle
of his name that led him
to the banking game.
But then again, he was
"Chet Thrift" with runs
back in fifty-one
When his ERA was lowest
in the Senior Circuit -
his winning mark
just a tad higher
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