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Preston Gomez Critically Injured
Preston Gomez, the Dodgers third base coach for the 1965 World Champions and the 1966 National League Champions, is in critical condition at a Palm Springs hospital after being hit by a car on his way home from the Angels spring training facilities yesterday.

He had stopped at a gas station with his wife and was stretching his legs when struck by a pickup. He "suffered major head injuries," according to Detective Sargeant Jeff Wade of the Blythe Police Department.

He was airlifted from Blythe to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

According to Wade, the driver of a large pickup was given a field test for sobriety and had no signs of intoxication of drugs or alchohol.

"The man was crushed," Wade said, and added that the driver held Gomez's hand while waiting for paramedics and officers to arrive. Wade said that Gomez had walked around the end of the gas pumps and into the next aisle before he was struck.

Gomez, 84, was the first ever manager in San Diego Padres history, and a special advisor with the Angels.

Has spent 64 years of his life in professional baseball and has been with the Angels for the past 27 years, first as a major league coach before assuming his role as special assistant to the General Manager.

Originally from Havana, Cuba, Gomez began playing in 1944 with the Washington Senators, appearing in eight games before spending the remainder of his playing career in the minor leagues.

He became the Padres inaugural manager beginning in their expansion year 1969 and managed the team until 1972. He later managed the Houston Astros (1974-75) and the Chicago Cubs (1980).

Gomez joined the Angels in 1981 as a third base coach lasting four seasons at that spot before taking on his current role. He was inducted into the Hispanic Baseball Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2003. Preston Gomez, the Dodgers third base coach for the 1965 World Champions and the 1966 National League Champions, is in critical condition at a Palm Springs hospital after being hit by a car on his way home from the Angels spring training facilities yesterday.

He had stopped at a gas station with his wife and was stretching his legs when struck by a pickup. He "suffered major head injuries," according to Detective Sargeant Jeff Wade of the Blythe Police Department.

He was airlifted from Blythe to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

According to Wade, the driver of a large pickup was given a field test for sobriety and had no signs of intoxication of drugs or alchohol.

"The man was crushed," Wade said, and added that the driver held Gomez's hand while waiting for paramedics and officers to arrive. Wade said that Gomez had walked around the end of the gas pumps and into the next aisle before he was struck.

Gomez, 84, was the first ever manager in San Diego Padres history, and a special advisor with the Angels.

Has spent 64 years of his life in professional baseball and has been with the Angels for the past 27 years, first as a major league coach before assuming his role as special assistant to the General Manager.

Originally from Havana, Cuba, Gomez began playing in 1944 with the Washington Senators, appearing in eight games before spending the remainder of his playing career in the minor leagues.

He became the Padres inaugural manager beginning in their expansion year 1969 and managed the team until 1972. He later managed the Houston Astros (1974-75) and the Chicago Cubs (1980).

Gomez joined the Angels in 1981 as a third base coach lasting four seasons at that spot before taking on his current role. He was inducted into the Hispanic Baseball Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2003.

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