WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Helping generate money for a worthy cause, sports legends were part of the featured draw at Saturday’s Special Olympics fundraiser at Wichita’s Cessna Activity Center.
Leading up to the event’s annual memorabilia auction, fans had the opportunity to meet 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson. The Auburn alum’s one of a select few athletes to be named an All-Star in two major sports.
NFL veteran Everson Walls and 1962 World Series MVP Ralph Terry were also on hand signing autographs.
A few years before winning his MVP award with the Yankees, Terry was involved in a life-threatening accident.
It’s chronicled in his new book called ‘Right Down the Middle’.
In a touching moment before Saturday’s event, Terry met Paul Reynolds, the son of the man who rescued him in the 1950’s.
Reynolds drove in from Oklahoma, to meet the iconic pitcher for the first time. He told KSN, “My dad was a truck driver for a company called Lee Way Motor Freight. Ralph had an accident north of Tulsa Oklahoma, my dad was able to help him.”
Terry, who now lives in Larned, said to KSN, “It’s an emotional feeling, if his father had not come along, I might have died.”
Persevering through the 1957 accident, along with months of recovery following a broken hip, Terry joked on Saturday, “It changed my delivery a little bit, made me a little more overhand!”
After his baseball career, Terry went on to have success as a professional golfer. He won the 1980 Midwest PGA Championship and played in a total of four PGA Tour events.