On the night he died this week — one day before his 91st birthday — Clifford Rich got a phone call from the man at the top of his bucket list.Thanks for reminding us that life isn't always about baseball, except when it is. RIP Clifford Rich. Thanks for your service and your lifelong devotion to the Dodgers. We'll get one for ya.
Riddled with cancer, Rich, who grew up idolizing the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the L.A. Dodgers led by Lasorda, lay in his bed at home in Granada Hills with his family at his side.
He had been in hospice care for nearly a month and was unable to speak or open his eyes. The only voices he recognized anymore with a slight movement of his lips were his wife and daughters.
Until Tommy called.
“Hi, Clifford, this is Tommy Lasorda and I’d just like to speak to you for a moment of your time,” L.A.’s ambassador of baseball said.
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