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Mrs. Gorsky accurately predicted Armstrong would one day be on the moon

So, almost everybody knows what the famous words were that the late astronaut Neil Armstrong said when he landed on the moon — "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

However, as I was listening to WGN the other afternoon, the subject of what he said upon returning to the lander was of interest to me. First of all, it involved baseball — in some ways more than others.

After his famous moon walk and while climbing back into the lander to go home, he is reported to have said, "Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky."

As the story goes, nobody at NASA knew what Armstrong meant by the statement and since no other competing cosmonauts under that name. That made it even more puzzling. The comment was then clouded in secrecy when Armstrong refused to talk about it when asked over the years. This went on and on, even though he kept getting asked about it. He was quoted a couple of times on the matter and he'd answer something like, "It was a private moment, and I'd rather not expand on it, thank you."

That was until July 5, 1995 when he finally spilled the beans. Here's how that story goes according to many internet sources.

At the Rotary Convention in Tampa, Florida he was asked the question and he responded, "O.K. I can tell you now because Mr. Gorsky is dead and the story won't embarrass anyone."

Here's the story in paraphrase fashion.

At the age of 10, Armstrong was playing baseball in his backyard — see I told you it involved baseball — when his brother hit the ball over the fence and it landed outside his neighbor's — the Gorsky's — bedroom window. Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky were arguing about a sensitive matter at that particular time when she said, "That won't happen until the kid next door walks on the moon."

It may or may not be urban legend after all, but it certainly is funny.

It's a bit of a stretch to see the sports-related side to Armstrong and the lunar landing, but there are other sports stories involving the moon.

For instance, did you know that there are still two golf balls that were left on the moon, as well as a javelin?

That moment was provided by astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell during the Apolo 14 mission on February 6, 1971. This we know for sure is not urban legend — though the subject of conspiracy theorists, who think the whole moon-landing thing was a hoax filmed on a Hollywood movie set.

Anyway, since the mission was a success to that point, Shepard decided to have a little fun before leaving the lunar surface. He put a six-iron club head on the end of a lunar collection sample device and took his hacks.

"You got more dirt than ball," Mitchell said of the first shot.

Shepard actually buried the shot where it was but then teed it up again and hit the ball a couple of feet.

"Looked like a slice to me," was the next thing said.

He then hit that ball again and drives it out of camera range, then takes out a second ball and connects again in a similar fashion.

"Straight as a die ... miles and miles and miles," Shepard said.

The first ball is reported to have gone 200 meters and the second about 400 meters. Since the moon has one-sixth the gravity of earth, that means the two combined hits by Shepard — even in a suit that limited his swing — went a combined two miles.

On the same landing, Mitchell threw a makeshift javelin and a photograph exists of one of the golf balls and the javelin sitting on the lunar surface next to each other.

Haven't been able to tell if Shepard or Mitchell made any comments about their neighbors that year though.

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