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By Tom Meigs

Equipped baseball in lengthy seashore dates to 1910, when

the lengthy seashore Clothiers of the Southern California

Trolley League performed competitors anyplace a streetcar may take them. Exhibition video games later featured Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, and different significant League barnstormers. Homegrown expertise contains Baseball corridor of Famers Bob Lemon and Tony Gwynn. Pioneering entrepreneur invoice Feistner equipped the 1st accommodating baseball park in 1922 at Redondo street and Stearns highway within the shadow of oil-rich sign Hill. while ballplayers weren't at the Shell Park diamond, they labored the derricks.

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I became a personal project for him, and he became a father figure for me—the first of many men who would play that role in my life, filling in for my father. He brought fatherhood, leadership, and stability into my life, and Mike and Ronnie’s, too. He taught us everything about baseball. I didn’t make it easy on him. There’d be days when I just didn’t feel like practicing, so I wouldn’t show up at the park. Mr. Mosely STR AW / 25 wasn’t having that. He’d drive right over to the house and yank me out.

We weren’t talking huge dollars. Nothing like the millions the “bonus babies” get now. I think it was a $200,000 signing AFTER THE DR AFT 40 / DARRYL STR AWBE RRY bonus they haggled over until late summer. It’d be $5 million now. I mean, $200,000 was a lot of money at that time. Especially for me. I’d never even gotten a paycheck before. But still, it wasn’t a fortune. You bought something your mom needed, something you needed. I bought us each a car. In retrospect it’s ridiculous that they went back and forth over it the way they did.

He just watched us go. Oh, did we ever pay a price for that. ” He had us running suicides until we really did practically die. That man nearly buried us. “I’m about to quit this,” my boy gasped. “Forget this, man. ” “No, we gotta stay, man,” I said. ” Finally we both collapsed on the court. We were limp as wet laundry, gasping for breath. My shins and calves were on fire. The coach stood over us. “Y’all will never walk off on me again. Y’all ain’t gonna embarrass me. Y’all think you something? ” And off we go running some more.

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