Angels support fight against disease
Baylor co-hosts dinner, golf tourney benefiting CF research
BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia and former Angels player Don Baylor co-hosted the 30th annual Angels Baseball Foundation/65 Roses Golf Classic, which raised more than $300,000 for the fight against cystic fibrosis.The two-day event featured a dinner gala and auction Sunday and a golf tournament Monday at Los Coyotes Golf Club with more than 280 participants, including several former Angels such as Jim Abbott, Jim Anderson, Doug DeCinces, Dave Frost, Bobby Grich and Ike Hampton, as well as Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. The event helped raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Emily's Army, which was started by Anaheim resident Perry Daskas, whose 13-year-old daughter Emily was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. "All of the money we raise goes to research for the foundation," said Denise Silva, who is on the committee for Emily's Army. "Over the years, we've raised more than $4 million from the tournament, and last year, we were over $300,000. Obviously, it all goes to cystic fibrosis but we do it in Emily's name." The golf tournament was started by Baylor with the help of Gene Moses, who was the Angels' team dentist at the time. Baylor, who played with the Angels from 1977-1982, was honored for all of his help at the award's gala the night before in the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium. "That's the embarrassing part," said Baylor about the honor. "When you start out, you don't want the accolades or anything. It was nice, but all the volunteers and the supporters here deserve it. They do the work." Baylor was looking to reach out to the community when he joined the Angels in 1977, and Moses was the man who suggested benefitting cystic fibrosis. "I was involved with cystic fibrosis a few years prior to then but when Don came over, they asked me to get really involved," said Moses, who has played in all 30 tournaments. "I asked Don if he wanted a golf tournament sponsored after him for cystic fibrosis. It just got started and now it's perpetuated for 30 years." Baylor admitted that he didn't really know much about the disease at the time, but quickly found out about the disease, which affects the mucus glands of the lungs, liver, pancreas and intestines. "I really got started without knowing what cystic fibrosis was," Baylor said. "No one in my family had CF but I knew it involved kids. And at that time, my son was 8 years old and life expectancy for a child with CF was eight years, so I thought that was a crime." But now with the help of organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, life expectancy is increasing to ages as high as 40 or 50. That's why Baylor is so proud of the money that the golf tournament raises to fight against CF. "People come out and give their time and money for research," Baylor said. "Someday we'll find that this won't be a killer of kids but something they can maintain. And that's what this is all about."
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.