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Local man remembers his time playing with the Astros and the Dodgers

George Culver, of Bakersfield, Calif., played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros during his professional career, giving him a unique view on this year's World Series. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

George Culver pitched on many mounds throughout his nine-year career in the major leagues.

He was traded six times during his professional baseball career. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1966-1967), the Cincinnati Reds (1968-1969), St. Louis Cardinals (1970), the Houston Astros (1970-1972), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1973) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1973-1974).

But no matter what city he moved to or what jersey he put on, he always remembered where he fell in love with baseball.

"When I was a kid, I would go to Sam Lynn Ballpark, and they had a team called the Bakersfield Bears in the late '50s early '60s," said Culver.

During his career, Culver played for four Hall of Fame managers and played with some of the best baseball players in history.

"I'm standing in the middle of the field pitching to Mickey Mantle, Willie McCovey, and Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron," recalled Culver. "We played with Pete Rose for two years, and Johnny Bench ... it was like all my bubble gum cards came to life."

For Culver, playing baseball was a dream come true.

"All of sudden, all these guys you're admiring and watched on TV when you were young, all of sudden you are playing with them and playing against them," said Culver. "I don't know why this is happening to me, but thank you, big man, thank you."

Even though Culver played for both the Astros and the Dodgers, he is bleeding blue for this year's World Series.




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