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Playing baseball for Dr. Pepper

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While reading an article in our Madera Tribune last month by Leon E. Emo about Dr. Pepper, it brought me lots of memories of when I lived in Laredo, Texas, in 1946.

I was playing American Legion baseball, and our team was sponsored by Dr. Pepper. I was only 15 years old; now I am 83. The man in the top row of the above photo was Mr. Tom Green, the vice president and manager of Dr. Pepper there in Laredo. Before the picture was taken, I forgot my baseball cap, so right away I went across the street where my uncle Leo Tevino (not the golfer) had a restaurant, bar and pool hall, and bought a cap for the picture. It happened to be a 7-Up cap, and Mr. Green told me “what are you doing with a 7-Up cap?” Dr. Pepper eventually bought out 7-Up.

After I made the all-star team as a shortstop I went to play in Austin, Texas; It was July 21, my birthday. I remember it had rained and they were pouring gasoline on the field to dry it out. In those days gasoline was only 16¢ a gallon, and Dr. Pepper (Good for Life) was only 5¢. These are my good memories of playing for Dr. Pepper and drinking Dr. Pepper since 1946.

Eddie Chapa


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