The roots of Ryne Sandberg:
Here is my story that aired yesterday on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
Ryne Sandberg was born in Spokane, Washington, and I used to manage there. At Cooperstown we got to talking and he told me that as a little boy he used to be a big fan of the Spokane Indians and used to watch us play all the time. He thought we had a really great team.
He was right. Our 1970 Spokane team won the pennant by 26 games. Baseball America voted that team as the best minor league team in the history of baseball.
Ryne went on to have an outstanding career for the Cubs. He is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and deservedly so as he is an outstanding representative of the game.