Grant Kerry’s Remarkable Baseball Journey

By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

STEPHENVILLE, Tex. — Grant Kerry has had a wild ride in baseball as he has played the game in four countries and three different U.S. college programs.

The Tarleton State outfielder and first baseman was born in Hong Kong to British parents and lived there until the age of nine.

Kerry lived in Kuwait the next seven years before moving to a boarding school in Perth, Australia for his high school education.

“I lived in Hong Kong for the first nine years of my life and spoke English fluently but had Mandarin lessons in school,” said Kerry.

“My dad (Chris) is a lawyer and mom (Samantha) works in the British Embassy.

“Hong Kong is a big city that is tropical with lots of green plants. I loved Hong Kong and never wanted to leave.”

The average annual rainfall in Hong Kong is 94 inches. The wet season is hot, and the humidity can be oppressive. The dry season is comfortable, windy and mostly clear.

Over the course of the year, the temperature rarely is below 49 degrees or above 93 degrees.

“I will never forget the day my parents took me and my sister Charlotte out to dinner in Hong Kong.

“They handed me a book which had the word Kuwait on it. They told me to read up on this country because that’s where we were moving to.

“My sister and I threw a tantrum because we never wanted to leave Hong Kong. We had no idea how different Kuwait would be from Hong Kong.”

Kuwait is one of the hottest places on earth and is mostly a flat, sandy desert.

Last summer, Kuwait hit 127.7 degrees, and the average high temperatures are 105-115 degrees during five months of summer.

When Kuwait hit 127.7 degrees last summer, the Associated Press reported it was so hot that birds dropped dead from the sky, sea horses died in the bay because of hot water and dead clams coated the rocks, their shells popped open like they’d been steamed.

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