My biggest baseball memory as kid was meeting Manny Mota of the Dodgers as a neighbor. It was late 70's and Manny Mota was a pinch hitter for the Dodgers. He lived in the Dominican Republic, but lived in Los Angeles during the baseball season. We lived in a middle class neighborhood and one of the houses on the block was for rent. Manny Mota and his big family rented the house for the season. I got to play with his children who were of similar age to me. They were incredible athletes even as children. I got meet Manny on several occasions at their rented house. I was quite a trill to be able meet him and play with his kids.