His arm was completely toast as far as being a pitcher or an outfielder in baseball.
I think he was signed by Detroit???
After he came home I hired him to work part time till he found a career at at&t where his degree was very financially rewarding..
I convinced Jeff and the other best athlete I ever knew and lifetime neighbor/friend Frank Mattox to come out and play softball with our C/D team...they knew nothing about the game and usually showed up with a cooler and their gloves..no bags or bats...I don't think Jeff would have started playing if Frankie want playing..those two were the best athletes at their individual high schools...and I think that had played legion ball together.
Frank had a full ride at Cal in baseball and they wanted him to play football also but Their baseball coach refused to let him play two sports.
Anyway...Frank was also working part time for me after he was released from baseball because of injury until he ended up getting into scouting and ended up being the head of the Marlins? Minor leagues.
Jeff and I moved up to A ball full time around 86 with Pro team sports...
In 1987? Maybe '88 steele's came to concord and we played in front of 5,000 fans at Willow pass park.
We lost to them in extra inning.. the normal wind was blowing in from right field that night..Jeff hit two homeruns/macenko hit one.mikes went a little farther.
Anyway...during that game jeff was playing right center field.. Parnell had gotten to second base and macenko came up and hit a line drive to the fence in right center..Jeff ran the ball down, caught it at the fence..Parnell got ready to tag and go to third..Jeff bounced off the wall..planted his feet and with Parnell knowing he obvously had no chance of being throw out kinda ran towards third. Jeff unloarded one of the three of four good throws in his arm every game..steele's was in the third base dugout and their whole team was screaming at Parnell the run harder..our third baseman was drafted out of hjgh school as a third baseman and was diking that there was. I throw as the ball came screaming into third.. about 15 feet from the bag Parnell realized what was going on..he slide and avoided the tag...I was catching so I had a great view of the whole play...to this day I can see the steele's bench standing outside the dugout not saying a word and just trying to understand what they hadn't just witnessed.
Jeff starred playing softball with me around 1985 or 86 and we played together till around the end 1998..
You knew him the one season he actually tried to see how good he could be in softball.. I will write that story tomorrow..it's a good memory and quit humbling for me...