Al Ferrara: From Lafayette High to the big leagues

Jun 23, 2021 294

BY: Andy Furman

OK, pay attention. Here are the rules. If California, he’s The Bull – but if you’re from Brooklyn, he’s Ki Ki. These are the rules set by Al Ferrara, the grad of Lafayette High who fulfilled his lifetime dream – to play for the Dodgers. The Ki Ki, he claims, comes from the streets of Brooklyn. The Bull came from Los Angeles sportswriter Bob Hunter.

It was a rough road – almost as rough as the fields he played on as a kid in Brooklyn. Ferrara attended St. Athanasius grade school and played his first organized baseball there on a field that had no grass and was loaded with rocks, he wrote in his book, “Buzzie and the Bull.”

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