Report: Gino Cimoli dies at 81

Updated: February 14, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Jon Weisman | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Gino Cimoli, the first batter in Los Angeles Dodgers history, passed away Saturday at age 81, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cimoli came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 at age 26 and was the leadoff batter in the inaugural major league regular season game in California, on April 15, 1958 at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Cimoli struck out in Los Angeles' 8-0 loss to the Giants.

"Gino was a part of history not just as a member of both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles ...

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