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January 23, 2009 |
Bill Werber, who was the oldest living former major league baseball player and a teammate of Babe Ruth, has died at age 100. Werber died Thursday morning of age-related causes after moving into an assisted-care facility in Charlotte, N.C., three weeks ago, his son Bill Jr. told the Associated Press. A third baseman who led the American League in stolen bases three times, Werber played with Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove in stints with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
November 10, 2008 |
The final road uniform Babe Ruth wore as a first base coach for the 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers is up for auction. How can bidders be sure the uniform is authentic? Take one look at the size. "The enormous size of the pants [proves] that Babe Ruth truly was larger then life," said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, which is running the sale. Trivia time Who is the highest-paid player in the NFL this season?
June 15, 2008 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill Werber steered his motorized wheelchair to the end of the table. The waitress pointed to the lunch menu, but the oldest living ex-major leaguer had no use for it. Days shy of his 100th birthday, Werber knew what he wanted: a hot dog -- with onions and a little ketchup. After his first bite, the link to baseball's golden era began his storytelling. "Babe Ruth hit a home run and I wanted to show them how fast I could run," Werber said of being driven in by Ruth after drawing a walk in his first major league plate appearance in 1930 with the New York Yankees.
June 2, 2008 |
Careful examination of an old photograph and a street map determined this had to be the spot -- or at least near the spot. It's all tract homes now, the memories buried beneath cul-de-sacs just downslope from the intersection of Brea Boulevard and Lambert Road, but something special happened here a long time ago. Did anyone know? A man, on a Saturday, was washing his car on St. Crispen Avenue when a reporter approached and posed the question, half expecting a "what-the-?" response.
June 1, 2008 |
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 599th home run, leaving him one shy of a seldom-reached mark, and Jay Bruce extended his amazing weeklong debut with a 10th-inning homer that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. With his next homer, Griffey will join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa at 600. Bruce's first big league homer off Manny Acosta (3-2) dealt another crushing road defeat to the Braves, who couldn't hold a one-run lead entering the ninth.
September 14, 2007 |
OK, now it's all right to mention Greg Oden and Sam Bowie in the same sentence. Since action shots of Oden are going to be in short supply with the No. 1 NBA pick likely to be sidelined for the entire season after knee surgery, we recommend some of the video posted on his blog at www.yardbarker.com. It takes a little time around Oden to figure out the guy has a droll but deadly sense of humor. He filmed his buddies bringing him a cache of cold medicine before the draft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2007 |
Former St. Louis Brown Rollie Stiles, 100, believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, died Sunday at a nursing home in St. Louis County, Mo., a nursing home spokesman said. A cause of death was not given. Born Nov. 17, 1906, in Ratcliff, Ark., Stiles pitched for the Browns in 1930, 1931 and 1933, compiling a 9-14 record with a 5.92 ERA. Babe Ruth was among the hitters he faced. "I had a great game against him," Stiles recalled in a 2006 interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
July 18, 2007
Re "Mayor not unlike other men in power," column, July 16 I don't care if L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is acting like a normal politician. I think that having an affair is disgusting behavior, and it's too often explained that "we" have to go along with it. The things that separate us from animals are the ability to discern the difference between right and wrong and to make decisions not according to our desires and "feelings." We are to rise above all that smut.