Dodger's pitcher Fernando Valenzuela visits Sheridan Street School on December 23, 1984 to urge better attendance at
our school. Fernando waited in an auditorium as principal Maria Ott addressed 1,500 students seated outside. "Today we are showing how much education means to all of us," Ott said on a stage erected on the playground. "We are showing that we care about being in school, about good attendance and that we are going to be successful. Today we show that yes, we can do it I invite you to join in making this day significant in the history of our school." When she introduced Valenzuela, the students cheered and waved blue and white pompons. Wearing blue jeans and a short brown leather jacket with matching boots, Valenzuela mounted the stage, grabbed the microphone and talked first in Spanish, then in English. 'You Only Win ' "Remember the perfect combination," he concluded. "In sports you win and lose. In education you only win!
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