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.