Early lessons helped Scioscia succeed

Updated: March 28, 2010, 11:59 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The best manager in baseball didn't learn everything he needed to know in kindergarten, but he had absorbed the big lessons within months after leaving high school.

The lessons from the summer of '76 came in bitter pills.

The first one was administered by Mike Scioscia's mother, Florence, who worked as a Philadelphia schoolteacher for 30 years. She never entirely forgave her youngest son for choosing a game over an education.

The first-round pick of the Dodgers, ...

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