They met in East L.A. in the 1940s and '50s, kids with little in common but a love of sports and a need for friends. Now they feel like family.
Jim Birakos came to East Los Angeles from Greece just after World War II, an 8-year-old wearing what his next-door neighbor called lederhosen, so unfamiliar with America that he thought the Spanish he heard on the street was English.
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