By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
When they were children Santa Claus came twice a year for brothers James, Randy and Michael Sargent who beat out astronomical odds by all sharing the same birth date of August 14 in 1960, 1963 and 1965.
While people who know their mother will tell you she’s neat and organized having three children born on the same day was not part of her schedule.
“It wasn’t planned and it all three were born through natural birth,” Barbara King said. “James was born August 14, 1960, and then Randy’s expected birth moved around a little bit in 1963 and then I had two sons born on the same date.”
Las Vegas would likely give a gambler 130,000 to one on a third baby being born on the same date, but Michael beat those odds when he was also born on August 14 in 1965.
“Everyone knows the best kid was from 1963,” Randy joked as the three sat at an early birthday party in their honor at the Stephenville Citizen’s Center Saturday afternoon.
It had been a while since the three “boys” had celebrated a birthday together as life has taken them to different places. James the oldest is an “axle surgeon” and considered one of the best in the business around the Abilene area.
Randy and Michael have worked together establishing Sargent Wrecker in the Weatherford and Brock area where they operate a fleet of automobile and truck wreckers.
So was what was it like as children to share the same birthday?
“Like Christmas twice a year,” James answered as his brothers and Dwayne Johnson nodded their heads in agreement. Williams is a long-time friend dating back to little baseball and Barbara refers to him as her “fourth son.”
It may have been a while since they had gathered together, but the men easily sank into a conversation about their school days.
The childhood reference to little league brought about memories of high school and Coach Mike Copeland, who all three men hold in high regard. The conversation quickly led to football and who was the best quarterback, running back and best players in the history of the Yellow Jacket program?
Mom broke up the conversation for photographs and in good-natured fun Michael served up the “cupcake” cake which was shaped in the form of a lucky horseshoe for his older brothers to enjoy.