November 8, 1992 |
In Bell Gardens, Peruvian and Bolivian soccer players, decked out in brightly colored uniforms, zigzag across the grass to the shouts of "Tirale! Tirale!" --"Pass it! Pass it!"--as a ball whizzes downfield in one of hundreds of weekend games in the area's Latino leagues. In South-Central, a team of Ethiopians battles a group of Koreans in the city's Los Angeles Municipal Soccer League.
October 7, 1992 |
Hand on the tiller, Jose Ortiz steered the Lido 14 across Newport Bay, then tacked and pointed his bow toward the Orange Coast College Sailing Base. A moment later, with some friendly coaching from instructor Paul Prioleau, Jose nosed the boat safely into the dock. Not bad for a landlubber like Jose, 17, who until this day had never stepped foot aboard a sailboat.
July 10, 1992 |
Two years ago, some people came and built two strange sand pits at Normandale Park in Nestor Olea's neighborhood just east of Torrance. Then came the poles and the volleyball nets stretched across them. Later that summer, a couple of tall, suntanned men came to the park and taught Nestor and his friends how to play volleyball in the sand. Two years later--this week, in fact--Assn.
November 22, 1991 |
Four Orange County athletes--volleyball player Scott Fortune of Laguna Niguel, sailor Lanee Butler of San Juan Capistrano, baseball player Mike Kelly and cyclist Janie Eickhoff, both of Los Alamitos--were among 55 men and 51 women honored as Athletes of the Year by their organizations, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday. Those named are now eligible for the USOC SportsMan and SportsWoman of the Year Awards, to be presented in January. Fortune, 25, captained the U.S.
November 21, 1991 |
Vernon Forrest became the second U.S. finalist in the World Amateur Boxing Championships at Sydney, Australia, Wednesday when Cuban Candelario Duvergel delivered a low blow and was penalized. The Cubans still have the most finalists, six, and the U.S. team has two, one more than it had in the last World Championships at Moscow in 1989. Forrest, 20, of Augusta, Ga.
November 5, 1991 |
Olympic hurdlers Lee Calhoun (deceased) and Willie D. Davenport, sprinter Charley Paddock (deceased), gymnasts Bart Connor and Peter Vidmar, and figure skater Dorothy Hamill were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. William E. Simon, president of the USOC from 1981 to 1984, was inducted as a special contributor.
August 22, 1991 |
When you talk of the greatest baseball teams in the game's history, the conversation gets around pretty quickly to the 1927 Yankees, the 1934 Gashouse Gang in St. Louis, the 1961 Mantle-Maris Yankees, the Jackie Robinson-Roy Campanella-Duke Snider-Gil Hodges Dodgers, the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics of Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, Mule Haas and Jimmy Dykes. What about the 1984 U.S. Olympic team? You think John McGraw or Connie Mack ever had a better lineup than these guys?
July 12, 1991 |
Elizabeth Primrose-Smith, executive director of the local organizing committee, said that the final day before the opening of the U.S. Olympic Festival was "hectic but not frantic" as she attended to ordinary last-minute details--if borrowing $1 million can be described as ordinary. Citing a "temporary cash-flow problem" caused by bills arriving before revenues, Primrose-Smith called upon one of the Festival's largest sponsors, the Amateur Athletic Foundation, for a $1-million loan.