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I’ve always been a sports fan, and I enjoy all sports. However, my favorite sport is baseball. I wasn’t big enough to play football or tall enough to play basketball, but I could hit a baseball. I played baseball in high school and college, and some semi-pro ball. I played outfield, catcher, and pitcher. I also did some umpiring.

I grew up in the Los Angeles area and saw many games at Dodger Stadium and Anaheim Stadium, and before the Major Leagues came to California, at old Wrigley Field in Los Angeles and Gilmore Stadium in Hollywood. I also attended USC and UCLA football games at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and when Los Angeles had pro football, the Los Angeles Rams. I attended the very first NFL Pro Bowl game at the Coliseum in 1951.

Listed below are Major League teams I’ve seen in person, and Hall of Fame players I’ve personally seen in action.

MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Houston Astros (as Colt 45’s)
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Yankees
  • Oakland Athletics
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Seattle Mariners
  • St. Louis Cardinals
HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Luke Appling
  • Lou Boudreau
  • Satchel Paige
  • Yogi Berra
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Bob Lemon
  • Al Kaline
  • Don Drysdale
  • Harmon Killebrew
  • Lou Brock
  • Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Johnny Bench
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Joe Morgan
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Larry Doby
  • Tony Pérez
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Pete Rose *

* not in Hall but should be

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