Decades-old passion, rivalry lasts
The final straw for Tommy came when the '75 Reds beat the '55 Dodgers -- a team for which Tommy played -- in the National League finals. We went to commercial break just before the final segment, and Jim Palmer, Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and others who participated were shuttled off to the side and told to wait until the final moments, when we would join Karl Ravech on the set.
Nobody told us explicitly, however, to be quiet. And Tommy, a coach and manager for the Dodgers in the '70s, had some things to say. "That's unbelievable!" he said. "I saw that pitching staff. We beat their brains in in '77. What are they talking about?"
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