January 27, 2000 |
Don Budge, the first player and only American man to win tennis' Grand Slam, died Wednesday in Scranton, Pa., of cardiac arrest. He was 84. Budge, who had been injured in a car accident Dec. 14, died at Mercy Hospital. After the accident, Budge improved enough to be moved to a nursing home near his residence in Dingmans Ferry. He entered Mercy Hospital on Jan. 17.
July 17, 2001 |
A match ending under suspicious circumstances? Indifferent explanations? Strange days on the tennis circuit have not been limited to the modern era. In 1935, spectators at the Pacific Southwest championships were left dazed and confused at the Los Angeles Tennis Club when the players left the court after the third set and never returned. Nineteen-year-old Don Budge recovered from a first-set blowout and won the second and third sets against Roderick Menzel of Czechoslovakia in their final.
July 7, 1991 |
When Don Budge was a kid growing up in Oakland, sometimes he would ride the ferry across the Bay to San Francisco and pretend he was on board a great ship that was taking him to England to play Wimbledon. "It was a little game I played with myself," Budge said. "I just dreamed about eventually getting over there." Of course, Budge eventually did get over there and managed to make the most of his appearances.
January 11, 2004 |
I am warming up at Rancho Park's driving range in July 2002 when the old instructor approaches. He is wearing a beige Gilligan's hat pulled down to his eyebrows and quietly observes me hitting balls off a faded green mat. "When did you start playing?" he asks. As a teenager, I reply. "How often do you practice?" Not enough. "What is your occupation?" Investigative reporter. He pauses a moment, then gently inquires, "Do you know Frank Deford?" Of course. "Are you familiar with his work?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2001
Sen. John McCain is scheduled to meet Wednesday with President Bush to discuss changes in how political campaigns are financed, an issue the two divided sharply over during the presidential primary campaign. The Arizona Republican is determined to get an early Senate vote on a major reform plan that he and Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.) have been promoting for years.
August 10, 2007 |
Underscoring the importance of gays and lesbians in Democratic politics, most of the party's presidential hopefuls gathered in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a televised forum on gay-rights issues. Six candidates -- including the front-runner, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; and her closest challengers, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards -- participated.