Courtesy of Jim Du Bois
In 1982, a haircut at Smitty's led to Jim Du Bois making the BHS baseball and helping his team win the 1982 championship title. Thirty years after that first haircut, Du Bois returned to Smitty's for the same lucky haircut.

Ballard High baseball coach gets a lucky haircut

Superstition has always played a big part in baseball and Ballard High School baseball coach Jim Du Bois has one that dates back to the spring of 1982, when Du Bois was a 16-year-old student wanting to tryout for the BHS baseball team.

"Coach McDonald told me at the try outs in the spring of 1982 that I would make the team if I got a haircut," Du Bois said. "Being 16 at the time, there was a part of me that wanted to rebel."

But wanting to play ball, he decided to get a haircut after all and walked to Smitty's Barber Shop on 15th Avenue N.W. at lunchtime.

"Smitty was an old, Navy barber with a grey flat top, mermaid tattoo, and a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth," Du Bois recalled. "I told him the coach was on my back and [he should] just take enough off to get coach McDonald to ease up."

But to Du Bois horror, Smitty gave him a very short haircut not unlike a military buzz.

But Du Bois said that the specific haircut became a pivotal point for him in his baseball career. He not only made them team, he also helped the team win the 1982 championship.

"Without getting it [I wouldn't have been] on the team and likely [would not have returned] to Ballard as a coach," he said.

So this week, thirty years after the lucky haircut, Du Bois returned to Smitty's to sit in the same chair hoping there is any championship dust left.

"I think I took one for the team," said Du Bois, again sporting a short buzz cut.

The BHS baseball season kicks off with non-league play on March 10th, league-play on March 20th.

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