October 29, 2003 |
The story of James Brown, told in tonight's installment of PBS' "American Masters" series (9:30 p.m., KCET), is pretty riveting even without considering his place as one of the biggest musical innovators of postwar popular music.
June 25, 2004 |
Mike Scioscia has a direct line to the press box, and he chose not to use it Thursday afternoon. As a result, the Angels lost, 2-1, to the Oakland A's, the team they probably are going to have to beat to win the division. Now I'm just sitting there admiring Ramon Ortiz's performance and waiting for a moment like this, when Scioscia starts wobbling to the mound with one out in the sixth inning, a runner on first and the Angels leading, 1-0.
January 6, 1997 |
"Dizzy: The Man and the Music" seems an awfully ambitious title for a show of little more than an hour, performed by only four musicians. After all, volumes have been written on the impact of trumpeter, composer and bandleader John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, who died four years ago this month.
August 6, 1988 |
More than three decades have elapsed since the release of an album entitled "Dizzy Gillespie: World Statesman." At that time Gillespie was leading an all-star orchestra in the Middle East on the first jazz tour ever sent overseas under official State Department auspices. Of the many international events with which the trumpeter has since been involved, none has been more distinctly multicultural in character than the 15-piece orchestra he organized last month for a domestic tour.
August 1, 1998
John Lacy's letter last Saturday criticizing poor Sparky Anderson's grammar reminded me of Dizzy Dean's comment when told that an English teacher from Iowa had criticized his constant use of the word "ain't" on his baseball broadcasts. Diz retorted, "A lot of people who ain't sayin' ain't, ain't eatin'!" H. ANTHONY MEDLEY Marina del Rey
February 24, 1991 |
Last year Dizzy Gillespie seemed to be bucking for a new honor as Most Traveled Jazz Musician. A schedule that would have taxed the resistance of a man half his age (he turned 73 last October) kept him in and out of airports in some 30 countries. On the few occasions he returned his home in Englewood, N.J., it was usually to change his clothes and be off again. The situation reversed itself abruptly soon after 1991 began.
January 4, 2008 |
The presidential prospects of Mike Huckabee are rising too fast for his campaign to keep up. Word of the former Arkansas governor's victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night came so quickly that his staff seemed unprepared. The hotel ballroom in this city's East Village wasn't yet a quarter full, and the blue-and-white "I Like Mike" backdrop behind the podium had not been erected. Neither the candidate nor his family had reached the hotel.
September 19, 1999 |
Since 1934, when Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals went 30-7, only one pitcher has had a 30-win season. The Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain won his 31st game 31 years ago today, when he scattered eight hits and beat the Yankees in Detroit, 6-2, the 12th consecutive complete game by a Tiger pitcher. McLain would finish 31-6 that year. As the role of relief pitchers became more prominent, the victory totals of starting pitchers began to fall.
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September 16, 2002 |
At first glance the news release from the Bill Simon campaign looked stop-the-presses good: "Simon Leads Among Highest-Propensity Voters Ah, but there's always a "but"--and, in this case, several. For starters, highest-propensity voters are top-heavily Republican. Remember Pete Wilson being dramatically ambulanced to Capitol Hill and carried to the floor of the U.S. Senate in 1985 to cast an important budget vote after he'd had his appendix cut out? There's your highest-propensity voter.
April 22, 2000
So, Cap Anson is no longer a member of the 3,000-hit club. But why is Dizzy Dean still listed as a 30-game winner in 1934? On June 27, 1934, Ol' Diz pitched against the Cubs, went 8 2/3 innings and left with the score tied, 7-7. The Cardinals won in the bottom of the ninth, the official scorer crediting Dean with the win, although he was no longer the pitcher of record. Dean's record for that year has yet to be corrected to 29-7. JEFFREY R. THOMSON Los Angeles I'm used to the shoddy way The Times does its baseball statistics.