Remembering Johnny Podres
So Zimmer took three shots and won the kid a giant, stuffed poodle.
And that?s when we started.
We got poodle after poodle until the back seat of our car was completely full.
After we left Coney Island we went to the club house in Ebbets Field and some of the players wanted to buy the poodles for their kids. We sold a whole bunch of them to the players. They bought them all.
We were set to open the season with Pittsburgh and the Pirates came to Brooklyn. Apparently they heard about the poodles and we were actually taking orders for them. We were writing down how many stuffed poodles each guy wanted.
So we took their orders, so they could bring their children the stuffed animals. We got down to the boardwalk and the first place we went the guy said, ?Hey, we know who you guys are. In fact, everybody on this boardwalk knows who you guys are and you aren?t getting any stuffed poodles. So forget about it, you guys aren?t allowed to throw.?
So the first time we got into business together it was a short lived partnership.
However, my partnership with Johnny was a long and enjoyable one. We were teammates in Brooklyn, we were roommates in Brooklyn and we were friends.
I can say, without a doubt, he was one of the greatest guys I ever had the pleasure of playing with. He represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character. I’ve never, ever heard anybody say anything bad about Johnny Podres. He was a great roomie, a great teammate, and a great friend.