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Trainer Rick Smith, Angels fixer-upper, is in the house — for 37 years
Trainer Rick Smith, Angels fixer-upper, is in the house — for 37 years

Rick Smith gulps black coffee from a travel mug as he bounces past the empty training room's treatment tables and wall-sized photos of former players deep under Angel Stadium. A slender man with gray whiskers and a quick smile, Smith is wrapped in a 5-foot-8 package that never seems to stop moving. He veers into his small office, the one overflowing with memorabilia that includes an autographed jock strap from retired National Hockey League star Teemu Selanne and, by the door, a photograph of the 1978 Angels. That was the year Smith joined the Angels as an athletic trainer. A few days into Smith's first spring training with the team, pitcher Frank Tanana requested a massage....

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