He had just signed a contract with the Boston Braves when his father, Sam, died.
The younger Andrews, just 21, became the head of the family, responsible for his mother and two younger brothers — and the family business.
The first year Andrews waited until the melon season ended before showing up for baseball camp.
"I had to make a choice: give up baseball or close down the business," he said.
He chose the business.
For a time Andrews played for Eddie Maljean's Imperials in El Centro during the produce off-season. Maljean, now 82, is still looking good, according to Andrews.
Andrews thinks there are enough local people who made the big time in sports to justify a pavilion at the museum.
He reeled off names faster than we could take notes. Ed Beechey, now known for Beechey Field in Brawley, ran semi-professional baseball in the Valley for 40 years.
Bob Elliot, a Central Union High School star, became a national star as a third baseman with the Boston Braves.
Danny and Primo Villanueva, Calexico High football stars, took their skills to the pros.
Andrews' effort may come as a surprise to the museum. So far pavilions have been dedicated to various ethnic groups.
But then, athletes make up their own ethnic group, with more in common than they have with other members of their race, place of origin or religion.
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