Gilliam and Campanella and the Dodger way:

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

When I got the job as Manager I changed a couple things right away.  I told Jim Gilliam that all he had ever done on the team since ending his career as a player was to coach first base.  I played with Jim, I knew how much knowledge he had and I knew what he could do, so I made him the batting coach.  His eye s got as big as saucers. 

The other thing I wanted was for Roy Campanella to be my coach.

“Roy,” I said.  “I know you can’t walk, but there’s nothing wrong with your brain.  You were a great catcher and I want you to coach our catchers.”

He worked with Ferguson, Yeager and Scioscia.  He couldn’t believe that I asked him to be one of my coaches.  His wife told me that he outlived anybody who had the same affliction he did, and the reason was his interest and enjoyment of working with our catchers.  He worked with them, he hollered at them and he loved them.

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