Playing in Panama:

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

After I got engaged with my wife, Jo, I was supposed to go to Greenville, South Carolina to spend the holidays with her and her family.  But I called her and told her I had to go play baseball in Panama.  She thought baseball in Panama during the winter was crazy.  She had no idea they even played baseball in Panama. 

I had to prove to her that there was a team in the canal zone.  Since you couldn’t take a picture with your phone in those days like you can today, the only thing I could do was to buy her some jewelry from Panama and bring it back, which I did.

When I returned from Panama it was about time for spring training, and that’s when we were married.

I enjoyed my time in Panama.  The people were hospitable, and they loved baseball.  And the Panama Canal is truly an amazing sight to see.

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