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Dodgers mystery solved: Charlie Culberson's ball at home with Navy veteran

Dodgers mystery solved: Charlie Culberson's ball at home with Navy veteran

“I was like, ‘Man, this ball is coming right at me!’ ’’

After spending 18 months dodging danger in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Naval Petty Officer Alan Hampson was finally standing underneath a good kind of trouble.

It was the last Sunday in September at Dodger Stadium, the 10th inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies, and Charlie Culberson just hit one of the most dramatic fly balls in Dodgers history.

“I was tracking it, tracking it, coming close, coming closer, then my wife was ducking and I was jumping.’’

It was a walk-off home run that clinched the National League West title for the Dodgers on the...

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