In memory of Sam
My dad, Tim Hulett was playing for the Baltimore Orioles against the White Sox in Chicago one summer night when I was about 9, and my brothers Joe (8), Sam (6) and Jeff (5) were playing at home outside. Our incredible mother was inside cooking dinner.
We were about to cross the street when Sam chose to get a jump on us in racing across. While I was checking for little Jeff before we crossed, I heard Joe say "No Wait"! Sam didn’t - and the next instant was horrific when he was instantly hit by the car that seemed to come out of nowhere. Almost immediately he was in eternity. Mom had to make that terrible call to dad and Dad immediately came home. Because of God, He found the words that began our healing as a family.
"A situation like this can tear families apart or bring them closer together”, he said, “and our family will not let this tear us apart". Dad prayed with us for God's peace and that even this would be used for God’s glory. But, I was really bothered over the next couple of years by those memories. Though I had asked Christ to be my Savior at a really young age, the frustration with God over my brother's accident was really building up. It finally all spilled out of me in a conversation with my mom. My mother helped me realize that God was taking care of me and left me with this story to show how God can heal a broken heart.
The only comfort that we had when we lost Sam that day was the fact that we knew that Sam had used his simple faith to believe in Jesus as his Savior before that fateful day. He was ready for eternity, even though he was only six.
ARE YOU READY? Be prepared like Sam by trusting God and praying “Lord Jesus I need you as my Savior, for salvation and for forgiveness from my sins." (John 14:6) Watch Him heal you too!
Tug Hulett is now a Dean at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La., as well as a basketball and baseball coach and even helps with the youth ministry - shortly after completing his professional baseball (in majors with Seattle, Kansas City and Boston)
Auburn University. All-SEC
Drafted by Texas Rangers
MLB w/Seattle, K.C., Boston
Dean at Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.)
HS basketball and baseball coach
Feature Story on childhood tragedy (Seattle papers)
Feature Story on Tragedy & Testimony (Kansas City)
Signed by Washington Nationals
Named to World Cup roster
Evangel Christian Academy
Tugs Career Stats