Wharton: From internment camp to Dodgers clubhouse, these brothers became part of baseball history

From David Wharton at the Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2016:

The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.

On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.

Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to hold spring training before the war.

“Baseball was everything to them,” says Frank Kawano, who is Nobe’s son. “They loved the game.”

The brothers were never professional ballplayers. Yosh spent five decades in the major leagues as clubhouse manager for the Cubs, and Nobe held the same job for almost as long with the Dodgers.

Read the full article here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-c1-0525-kawano-brothers-20160525-snap-story.html

Originally published: May 27, 2016. Last Updated: May 27, 2016.