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Posted by Matty from Flatbush on Friday, March 31st 2017:

In Reply to: BASEBALL OF MY CHILDHOOD posted by dave f on Thursday, March 30th 2017:

Also born in 1948. Lived on Webster Ave. Junior Gilliam was my favorite player. From the time I first started following baseball stats, at the start of the 1956 season, I would look at the Dodgers batting leaders in the New York Journal-American. At the beginning of the season, Gino Cimoli was the leading hitter but with a small amount of At Bats. Gilliam and Snider were next. I liked the way the name Junior Gilliam sounded better than Cimoli or Snider, so I rooted for him and ever since. He led the Dodgers in hitting that year with .300 on the nose. From then on, I knew that 178 hits in 594 At Bats would produce a .300 average. My friends' favorites were Willie Mickey and the Duke, but mine was always Junior. Even after they moved and I hated the L.A. Dodgers, I rooted for him, even though they stopped calling him Junior.

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