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Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    The Real Boys of Crenshaw High

    I read the book and it wasn't accurate. My name is Craig and I'm a former memember of the Crenshaw High baseball team of 1979. Yes, our team was extremely talented and star laden. After, reading your book I thought about some of the players who played on the team. College graduates like George Cook, Reggie Dymalley (great nephew of the fomer Lt. Governor of California...Mervin Dymalley) Lee May, Jr., Craig Page a graduate and post graduate. I remember the fond days of playing against John Elway ( former quaterback at Stanford and the Denver Broncos), Jay Schader (former quaterback at UCLA and LA Raiders), Tom Ramsey, (former quaterback at UCLA and New England Pats), Eric Davis (former Fremont Pathfinder and outfielder of the Reds & Dodgers), Byron Scott (former Morningside High, Arizona State, LA Laker and coach for the New Jeresey Nets), Chilli Davis (former Dorsey High grad and California Angels). Also, I remember playing for one of the greatest coaches (and former Chief Scout of the Oakland A's from the 1960's - 1970's and former head coach of Los Angeles City College) Phil Pote. It was 25 years ago that the Boys of Crenshaw High had a dream. A dream to be Champions and a dream to be remembered. Did you know that two-thirds of that team graduated and attended college. Guys like Craig Page,George Cook, Marvin McWorder, Fernando Becker, Reggie Dymalley, Stanley, Nelson Whitey, Lee May, Jr., Robert Thomas, George and Reggie McCall, etc.. Also, we had a host of players who were drafted very high, like: Darryl Strawberry, Chris Brown, Cortey Dillard, Darryl and Derwin McNeley. The Jones Boys....Carl, Tracey, Cortez. We were a team of kids that believe we could be great. Our ticket out was education, friendships and the love we had for each other. Baseball was an tool we used to open doors. Sure, some of us had problems and others didn't make it. However, most of us are college graduates, teachers, police officers, managers, major league baseball players, coaches, fathers, husbands and forever young. We are the 'Boys of Crenshaw High and story that continues unfold. Ours, is a story of a team from South Los Angeles that used baseball and education to make many dreams come true.

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