One of the perks of covering the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1980s was the ability to live among the players and coaches during spring training at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla.
What made it such a great experience was the routine presence of the team's all-time great players, who regularly ate in the Dodgertown dining room and had cocktails in the lounge that was open to all who resided at the complex.
That's where I was very privileged to meet a number of the most famous "Boys of Summer," including Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and an unassuming gentleman named Ralph Branca, who died on Wednesday at the age of 90.
Baseball fans remember...
Since spring, the LAFD has stationed three ambulances at Dodgers home games to provide medical care.