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Though she wasn't a Dodger player, Dottie Reese -- wife of Pee Wee -- deserves a mention following her recent death. She came across as very gracious in "The Boys of Summer."
Dorothy Walton Reese, who was married to Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese for 57 years, died March 7, 2012, in Louisville at age 89. (Pee Wee passed away in
Given the newspaper in which it appeared, it's not surprising that the emphais here is on this man's L.A. history rather than his time in Brooklyn. But it's nice to know about him anyway:
Here's how it begins.
"April 10--Bill DeLury was 17 years old and about to graduate from high school in Brooklyn when a friend, a local priest, asked him what he planned to do once he graduated.
"I said 'I don't know,"' DeLury recalled. "He said, 'I have a friend that runs an employment agency in downtown Brooklyn. I'll call him and you can run down and see him.'
"Lo and behold, the day before that the Brooklyn Dodgers called their agency (looking) for a mail boy."
DeLury got an interview, then the job and reported to work in the Dodgers' mail room Sept. 1, 1950. The rest is history.
Almost 62 years later, he is one of only two current Dodgers employees who has been with the team since it moved to Los Angeles."