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When Kyle Harrison visited my shop, we had a great time discussing the stick making process, as well as his history in the sport. But, I had a bit of unfinished business from years ago. My friend Kumar and I ended up winning a raffle to get Kyle’s helmet, gloves and jersey at the legendary Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University years ago. This took place during a lacrosse camp at which Harrison himself had been a counselor. As fans, we were rightly excited, and split up the items and traded, with the helmet ending up in my possession.
Over the years, we questioned whether or not the gear actually belonged to Kyle, with the main element of doubt coming from the initials “D.B.” on the bottom of the helmet. As soon as Kyle saw the helmet hanging in the shop, I could see that he recognized it. It would have been ridiculous of me to pass up the opportunity to gloat to one of my long-time friends, so Kyle agreed to sign the helmet so I could brag to Kumar upon his visit to Philly. The confirmation that it was indeed his freshman year helmet was added upon the fact that I was also given a bit of detail on the relevance of the mysterious “D.B.” initials on the helmet. They were a tribute to one of Kyle’s teammates who had passed that season.
In the last season of the Wood Shop Series, I made a point to ask my guests about their lacrosse memorabilia. Now, I get to share a special piece of equipment that has multiple layers of history, memories, and a reminder of the importance of friendship. Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Famer Kyle Harrison brought something special to the proceedings this time, and I’ll always be grateful.