An Open Letter To Tim Baylor: Remember Family-Friends and Ghost to The Post by Harold Bell


Tim Baylor standing proudly in front of one of his McDonald’s franchised restaurants in Minnesota. Like so many black athletes as soon as they get two-dollars more than family and friends and gain a little fame, they forget who they are and where they came from. They came through Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports by the dozens.

Tim Baylor, a Morgan State bear who slept and hibernated his whole adult life and forgot who he was and where he came from!

He grew up on 12th Street, NW in the heart of the inner-city.  He was caught between Cardozo High School and Ben’s Chili Bowl and a five-minute walk from his house to Harris playground and the Hillcrest Children’s Center Saturday Program.  I found the program in 1968 after the riots had almost destroyed DC.  His mom and dad were two jewels. They loved me, Mrs. Baylor always had a kind word, Mr. Baylor was a man of few words or no words.

Tim Baylor, Godmother holding my Goddaughter Amber, Mrs. Baylor, me and his wife Doris.Tim Baylor talks with neighborhood youth two blocks from where he grew up on the U Street NW corridor (Washington Star newspaper)Santa’s helper Tim Baylor helps me distribute toys during Kids In Trouble annual toy party at the J. W. Marriott in Arlington, Virginia

I encouraged Tim to come back home and enhance the growth of kids in his old neighborhood in the U Street NW corridor, during and after the NFL.  He moved to Minnesota and never looked back or came back when it really made a difference. Tim Baylor modeling in one of my Inside Sports Celebrity Fashion Shows at the Chapter II night club in SW DC

Tim receiving the Kids In Trouble Community Service Award during the Inside Sports Celebrity Fashion Show at the Grand Hyatt in downtown DC. Calvalier’s Mens CLothing store owner Norman Orleans makes presentation.  I kept Tim in the community spotlight to inspire other youth, but he dropped the ball.

I was the wide receiver coach for Cardozo High School in the 1967-68-69 football seasons.  Head coach Bob Headen recruited me and several other minor league football players to help him coach the Clerks. The Virginia Sailors was a super talented minor league team for the Washington Redskins. We won several minor league championships. We were the talk of the town and not the Washington Redskins they could not win a game. The swimming coach at Cardozo High School, Hattie Thomas my future wife.

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