Does anybody know why Charlie Hough wore number 49?

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

When Charlie Hough came to play for me he was a young 17 year-old out of Miami, Florida.  He was a fine, young man who loved the game of baseball.  My family loves Charlie very much, and his family loves the Lasorda’s very much.  And it’s been that was for a very long time.

The Florida Marlins played their very first game in 1993.  And who was going to pitch the very first game in the history of their franchise?  Charlie Hough.  And he beat us 2-1.

During the game I would look up in the stands at my wife from time to time.  She was sitting with Charlie’s wife.

And my wife was pulling for the Marlins and pulling for Charlie!

After the game I told to never do that ever again.

“Tommy,” she said.  “You know how much I love Charlie!”

What are you going to do….

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