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... Cimoli was a Brooklyn Dodger but a San Franciscan at heart. He was inserted atop the lineup by manager Walter Alston, who knew the significance of the North Beach legend and kid from Galileo High School becoming the first big-league batter following the Giants' and Dodgers' relocation from New York.
Cimoli died Saturday morning of kidney and heart complications. He was 81.
"Gino was just an all-around nice guy," said friend Bob Tobener, who had helped organize functions in recent years at which Cimoli spoke. "He was a great athlete. Out of high school, people said he was a better basketball player than baseball player. . . . He was a really good hitter." ...
... His daughter, Cherryl Keast, said, "Our life totally revolved around baseball. Baseball was our life, not that that was a bad thing. We lived where he played."