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In memoriam: Bob Mitchell

The original organist for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels passed away at the age of 96.

Bob Mitchell, the original organist at Dodger Stadium when the Los Angeles Dodgers moved west, passed away Saturday. He was 96.

Mitchell manned a Wurlitzer double-keyboard organ with a 25-note pedal board at Dodger Stadium when it opened, providing the musical commentary to the action. He wasn't a baseball fan — in fact, he didn't even keep track of the score — but he was known for providing a light, breezy soundtrack to the proceedings. 

When the American League expanded to Chavez Ravine, he performed similar duties for the Los Angeles Angels.

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