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Muncy: 'I owe my whole career to my dad'

@kengurnick
June 16, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Max Muncy’s story of going from out of baseball to a 35-homer Dodger has been well chronicled. He took Father’s Day to pay tribute to one of his key influencers, his father, Lee, who lives in Texas but spent this weekend with his son in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES -- Max Muncy’s story of going from out of baseball to a 35-homer Dodger has been well chronicled. He took Father’s Day to pay tribute to one of his key influencers, his father, Lee, who lives in Texas but spent this weekend with his son in Los Angeles.

“I owe my whole career to my dad, really,” said Muncy. “He taught me everything I knew. He coached me until high school, and even then he was coaching me on the side. In pro ball, he was always the one watching as many games as he can, whether it was a bad internet feed, looking at film I’d send him.

“When I was released from baseball for a couple months, he was the one that got me back on my feet, reminding me how much I love the game. So, really I owe my entire career to him and without him I wouldn’t be here. He’s staying with me right now and I get to spend time with him and there’s nothing better than that.”

During Father’s Day games, for the fourth consecutive year, players wore specially designed New Era caps to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer. Players also had the option to wear Stance multi-pattern blue-dyed socks. MLB will again donate 100% of its royalties from the sales of specialty caps and apparel emblazoned with the symbolic blue ribbon -- a minimum $300,000 collective donation -- to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

This effort also includes the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation “Home Run Challenge,” which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite MLB clubs during the time period of June 1 through Father’s Day (June 16), all the while tracking where their team stacks up in a “team vs. team” competition. Every dollar donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer. As of June 13, more than $1.26 million has been pledged via the Home Run Challenge in 2019. Since inception, the Home Run Challenge has raised more than $51 million for PCF, the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research.

Founded in 1993, Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded nearly $800 million of cutting-edge research by 2,200 scientists at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. Because of PCF's commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down more than 52% and 1.5 million men are alive today as a result. PCF research now impacts 67 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome and food as medicine. Learn more at pcf.org.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.