Goodbye to an Old Friend
I am sorry to see the passing of my good friend, my long-time bench coach and true Dodger, Monty Basgall. Monty was well-loved by everyone who new him, and he will be sorely missed.
Monty wore the Dodger uniform with pride, dignity and character. He signed his first professional contract with the Dodgers, but played most of his career with the Pirates. However, he served many different roles in the Dodger organization. He was a scout, a minor league instructor, a major league instructor and my bench coach; he was my right-hand man. His tremendous knowledge of the game was a true help to me, and I will be forever thankful for his help in the dugout.
Monty was an outstanding infield coach. He played a very important role in developing our record-breaking infield of Cey, Garvey, Lopes and Russell. Monty spent endless hours on the diamond teaching the guys how to play their respective positions, as well as how to play as a unit.
Monty was the epitome of what it means to be a Dodger. He was a man of integrity, he loved the game of baseball and he was a champion both on and off the field. His example is one we can all learn from. His contributions to the game, and to our organization, are endless.
Thank you, Monty, for your friendship, love and support.