CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1990 |
Fire had swept through the San Pedro home of Little Leaguer Victoria Brucker, destroying much of the 13-year-old's memorabilia, including photos taken when she became the first American girl to play in the league's World Series. Victoria, who is staying with her grandmother, said Thursday in a telephone interview that she lost a scrapbook filled with pictures taken throughout her baseball career and several balls she kept as mementos of her home runs. But "I have my uniforms," she said.
April 29, 1997 |
The best-hitting high school catcher in the county may not be male. Jenny Topping, a junior at La Habra High, has wowed softball players, coaches and spectators for three seasons with her powerful swing, strong arm and overall athletic excellence. She leads the county in average (.592), though opponents pitch to her only when they have to. Last year, Topping hit .588 with seven home runs and and a county-leading 42 runs batted in.
June 1, 1997 |
History will remember this night. Ila Borders would rather forget it. Borders became the first woman to pitch in a regular-season game Saturday night, when she came in during the sixth inning of the St. Paul Saints' Northern League game against the Sioux Falls Canaries. But she struggled from the outset, facing three batters and giving up three earned runs without getting an out. The Canaries went on to win, 11-1.
October 28, 1987 |
Tennessee Jackson, in Chicago, and Red Mahoney, in Houston, could hardly contain themselves. The two retired ballplayers, gray-haired and in their 60s now, had just received the happy news: The Hall of Fame had decided to include them in a special Cooperstown exhibit, tentatively scheduled for 1989. "This is so wonderful," said Jackson, a reserve outfielder who hit just .220 with three major league clubs in the 1940s. "All of a sudden, everyone wants to know about us."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1994 |
It had been 39 years since Sylvia (Tommy) Thomas played her last game. On a recent day at the ball field, with her 50-year-old leather baseball glove on her left hand, the 76-year-old Thomas was eager to play ball again. "I love the game!" a jubilant Thomas said as she took batting practice and caught fly balls. For Thomas, of Laguna Hills, playing baseball is still in her blood.
July 1, 1994 |
Baseball no longer is the forbidden fruit for female athletes. Three former Cal State Northridge All-Americans gave it their all at an open tryout Sunday for the Colorado Silver Bullets, the nation's only women's professional baseball team. Priscilla Rouse was a member of two NCAA Division II national championship softball teams at CSUN. Tamara Ivie and Shannon Jones played in the NCAA Division I college softball World Series twice with the Matadors, who moved up to that level four years ago.