Baseball-loving brothers, now in 90s, were indispensable to Cubs, Dodgers for decades – Chicago Tribune

They worked in Major League Baseball clubhouses for decades, ordering bats and washing uniforms.

One brother toiled for the Cubs, a white floppy fishing hat perched atop his head. The other brother labored on the West Coast with the Dodgers, where he befriended Sandy Koufax.

After enduring more than a year in an internment camp for the Japanese during World War II, the brothers emerged to become an integral part of the operations for two of baseball’s most iconic franchises.

Yosh Kawano spent nearly 65 years at Wrigley Field, working the Cubs or visitors’ clubhouse. His younger brother, Nobe, held similar jobs in Los Angeles, where he prepared the Dodgers to take the field.


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