Editors note: Because of the collective accomplishments of the Huletts in baseball, their exemplary character, and their commitment to coaching and serving others in their community, numerous articles have been written. However, each story ALSO ends up including the background story of their loss of son/brother Sam. The story is so dramatic, yet so inspiring, it is always included - even well over 20 years later. Is it a burden to carry?, or is it a blessing that Sam is not forgotten? We believe that it is a blessing! They live on FOR him, relate to others who have suffered loss, and never forget - thereby helping us all to know Sam too.
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!
Tim - MLB Baseball Veteran. College/Pro Coach
Joe - Pro Baseball.
Tug - MLB Baseball. HS Dean/Coach.
Jeff - Pro Draft Pick. College FB. Coach
Feature Story on Childhood Tragedy (Seattle papers)
Feature Story on Tragedy & Testimony (Kansas City paper)
Linda Hulett (coolest mom article)
Tim's Perspective on Tragedy,Tug Drafted, & Ripken
Tug signed by Washington Nationals
Tug named to World Cup roster
Jeff Hulett named coach
Evangel Christian Academy