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Podcast episode 2011: The first baseball game you remember

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Exploring early memories

Ballparks Remain Empty On What Would Have Been Baseball’s Opening Day Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

This week on the podcast, Jacob and I shared some of our oldest baseball memories, including the earliest game we can remember attending in person.

We’d love for you to share your first game in person in the comments below.

Please send any and all podcast questions to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.

Dodgers rewind

Bobby Castillo was a local kid who was born in Los Angeles, played baseball at Lincoln High School in the city, played at LA Valley College, and played two stints with the Dodgers.

His best pitch was the screwball, which he taught to Fernando Valenzuela, and Castillo’s connection to Mike Brito — who later signed Valenzuela for the Dodgers — brought the right-hander to first the Mexican League and then Los Angeles. Castillo pitched six of his nine big league seasons with the Dodgers, mostly in relief, and remained connected with the organization for decades in various community service projects until his death in 2014.

Maybe it’s a depth perception thing on my part, but the glove in that 1982 Topps card (from left, the second card) looks like the largest glove ever worn by a pitcher.

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