Another story that aired on 790 KABC:
Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
When we were kids we took names of big leaguers as our own. That’s how much we idolized the major league players. There was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers named Van Lingle Mungo (1931-41). What a name!
So I took that name even though I didn’t know he was right-hander and I’m a left-hander. Even today when I go home to Norristown, PA my friends sill call me Mungo.
When Peter O’Malley brought back every living Dodger who played in an All-Star game Mungo was part of that group. I got to talk to him and I told him about me taking his name. By golly he thought that was something special.
He was a great pitcher, and got into some fights too.