Baseball, Concussions, And More: The Hilarious Story Behind The Birth Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
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It feels like Lynyrd Skynyrd has always kind of been there – like the earth was created and with it, “Free Bird”. Unfortunately that isn’t the case – even legends have to be born, and in true Skynyrd fashion, they were born in a way that made for the hilarious story you’re about to hear! On a recent trip back home to Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke took the Skynyrd Nation on a tour of their hometown, including the infamous Criswell Park where in 1964, a chance meeting with some kid named Ronnie Van Zant and a foul ball gone astray would be the catalyst for one of the greatest bands to walk the earth.
“All of a sudden, Ronnie hit another foul ball line drive right down third base and BAM, it hit Bob [Burns] right in the forehead and knocked him out. He [Ronnie] went, ‘Oh God, I killed this guy!‘”
Honestly, I don’t know what’s funnier: finally hearing the story heard in its entirety, or the fact that Rickey, who is virtually silent during the entire story, can’t seem to stop laughing!
Guys, this is a can’t miss story that’ll make you laugh and appreciate the bond between this band of brothers even more – and if you live near Jacksonville, remember to head on over to Criswell Park and stand on the baseball diamond’s third base to see for yourself where history was made!