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Bragan featured in Southlake Times

Christina Rowland/ Staff Writer

A baseball weighs five ounces. The circumference of a baseball is nine inches. There are 108 double stitches on a baseball. All useless facts to the average person, but to Bobby Bragan baseball was a way of life for 70 years.

Bragan, now 90, has been involved in baseball since1937 when he played for a minor league team in Panama City. In 1940, Bragan make it to the major-leagues as a shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies’s. In 1943, he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers. While with the Dodgers, he was able to play in the 1947 World Series.

“I had a two-base hit in the 1947 World Series. It was the Brooklyn Dodgers vs. The New York Yankees,” Bragan said. “I hit a double in the sixth inning and we won game six.”

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Dittrich at NE Tarrant Chamber Luncheon

Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Board president John Dittrich pinch hit for Bobby Bragan as the guest speaker at the Northeast Tarrant Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Chamber staff members wore Cats' uniforms and caps during the luncheon.

Bragan was unable to attend the luncheon because he was attending the funeral of his brother Walter in Birmingham, Ala. 

 
Bragan protege now in Hall of Fame
Dick Williams, who credits Bobby Bragan with being his mentor in the game of baseball, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 27th. Williams and Bragan were featured in Saturday's Dallas Morning News.

Writes Morning News' columnist Kevin Sherrington: "Bragan indoctrinated him into Branch Rickey's famed Dodger system: throw strikes, move the runner and fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.

"Bobby was a good manager, firm but fair," Williams says from New York, where he'll be inducted into Cooperstown on Sunday.

"He was my mentor as a manager, which I'm going to mention in my speech."

 
Bragan helps celebrate Beringer's 80th Birthday at LaGrave Field
Bobby Bragan was in attendance at LaGrave Field for Carroll Beringer's 80th birthday celebration on Thursday, Aug. 14 before the Cats took on the El Paso Diablos.

Beringer, who pitched for Bragan with the Cats in the 1940s and 50s, remains a close friend with Bragan and is a great supporter of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation.

Pictured are Carroll (left), Bobby and Carroll's wife Jimmie.
 
BBYF Night at LaGrave Field
The Cats celebrated Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Night at LaGrave Field on Tuesday. A crowd of 5,072 gathered to pay tribute to Bobby, his efforts through the foundation and to the scholarship finalists.

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation awards scholarships to deserving eighth-grade students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Many of Bobby's friends and his family were on hand for the event.

The pre-game meal was provided by Mexican Inn. Follow the link to view more pictures.
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