Edmondo Moxey’s special contributions to sports-Part I
He is called Edmondo at home. Throughout the nine seasons he played professional baseball in the United States and Mexico his teammates and other associates referred to him simply as Mondo.
Edmond Edward Moxey has always been acknowledged in a very special way. The reasons are many, one of them being that he was blessed with a unique character.
Today, at 68, and having accomplished a great body of work in the development process of sports and nation building in his country, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Moxey is still adding to a sterling legacy.
This compact son of the soil, who stands 5’7″and has weighed in around 185 pounds all of his adult life, is one of our classic icons. He has indeed rounded out into a prolific diversified individual who unassumingly scaled heights few others have attained.
Testimony to his versatile nature is the fact that he is noted differently by three sets of observers who have witnessed his accomplishments over the years. A small percentage of Bahamians and others have an awareness of the total man.
For instance, his first claim to fame was that of a diver.
In 1948, the steam ship Evangeline operated between New York and New Providence. It was a Camelot period in the country’s history. The nation was peaceful and beautiful. Its people were considered the friendliest in the world. Tourists were blissful and they tossed coins off the sides of ships anchored at Prince George Dock into the sea.
One day from the highest level of the SS Evangeline, a young boy took off downward, sliced through the water and clutched several coins before surfacing. The legend was born. Onlookers were amazed at the young six-year-old Moxey.(In 1965, when the Evangeline, re-named the Yarmouth Castle, sank some 60 miles out of Nassau on a new run from Miami, Moxey was in his fifth season of professional baseball).
Throughout the rest of his boyhood, into his early teens and adolescent years however, Moxey was the star of the dock.
Greg Louganis, the great American who won 17 gold medals and one silver medal from 1976 to 1983 in platform and springboard diving at Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games and University Games, had nothing on Edmond Moxey.
Our guy was just way ahead of his time.
In 1948, there was no Bahamas Olympic Association(BOA). In 1952 when the BOA was established, there was no focus at all on diving. In fact, there is no definite concentration today on diving. So, Moxey’s gift in diving was limited to the Prince George Dock.
He was a wonder though. I was born the year after he took his first spectacular dive so I didn’t see it, but years later, at the South Beach Pool he saw one of his students splash into the pool and the old master showed him how it ought to be done.
He was still smooth and struck the pool with hardly a ripple all those many years later. I was there. That was just one of the many”special”acts that marked the true quality of Moxey.
(Be sure to view tomorrow’s Sports Scope in the final part to this”down memory lane”series on one of our finest citizens. To respond to this column kindly contact Fred Sturrup at [email protected])