Legendary Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres died this past Sunday at the age of 75. Fellow Dodger Tommy Lasorda marked Podres' passing on his blog, Tommy Lasorda's World (which is hosted on the Major League Baseball website), by sharing some memories of the times he and Podres spent hustling the pitching games on the Coney Island boardwalk:
Don Zimmer, Johnny Podres and I went to Coney Island on Easter Sunday. There was a little kid there and he said, "Hey mister, can you win me one of those dolls?"
So Zimmer took three shots and won the kid a giant, stuffed poodle. And that's when we started.
Read the rest of the charming story here.Remembering Johnny Podres [Tommy Lasorda's World]
Johnny Podres, Dodger Who Wouldn't Wait Until Next Year [Gothamist]