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As Dodgers' TV blackout drags on, they're losing sight of their fans
As Dodgers' TV blackout drags on, they're losing sight of their fans

He was a first sergeant in the 3rd Army in World War II, a Bronze Star medal winner, the owner of a contracting business, a husband of 66 years, a father of two, and after nearly a century of living, Jim Ballard had decided on his reward. A burgundy recliner, a bottle of Arrowhead spring water, a can of Planters Cocktail Peanuts, a 47-inch TV, a silver remote control, and the Dodgers. "Watching the Dodgers on television was my life," he says. In the modest home tucked among oak trees and avocado farms two miles above the Pacific Ocean, Ballard, 94, would hunch over the sports section every morning on the small kitchen table, pull out a pen, circle the time of the Dodgers...

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