September 28, 2002
I was moved to tears by Sunday's article about Maury Wills' newfound success with the Dodgers, his touching mentoring relationship with Dave Roberts, and his victory over addiction. I too have been on that long, hard road as a recovering alcoholic. While it was not explicitly mentioned in the article, I was doubly touched that another recovering alcoholic--Don Newcombe--was so instrumental in bringing Wills back to sanity. One can only wonder at how many (present company included) have found inspiration in the courage and brave action that he took in blazing a trail for us to follow at a time when addiction was not discussed in polite company.
August 28, 2005 |
Talk about a tough crowd. The 1955 World Series champion Dodgers are such a tight fraternity that even Hall of Fame pitchers and managers feel fortunate to belong. When he's with his former Brooklyn Dodger teammates, Sandy Koufax isn't the best Dodger pitcher ever. He reverts to being a timid rookie who couldn't find home plate. And when Tom Lasorda is with them, he isn't the widely recognized former manager and Dodger goodwill ambassador.
July 17, 1993 |
In a pregame tribute to Don Drysdale and Roy Campanella, Campanella's widow, Roxie, stirred the crowd with an emotional tribute to her husband, who was confined more than 30 years to a wheelchair. "I tried so hard to keep him here as long as I could," she said, her voice shaking as Don Newcombe moved forward to hold her. "But God wanted him, and took him away. "But he is happy now because he is walking, something he always wanted to do."
August 18, 2000 |
What: "Tales from the Dodger Dugout" Author: Carl Erskine Publisher: Sports Publishing Inc. Price: $19.95 A similar book, "Tales from the Red Sox Dugout," was recently reviewed in the Hot Corner. What's different about "Tales from the Dodger Dugout," is it was written by a former player, Carl Erskine, who pitched 12 years for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, compiling a 122-78 record.
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April 1, 1998 |
A neurosurgeon, a urologist and a sculptor will be honored Saturday at an awards banquet celebrating the 25th anniversary of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of The Links Inc. The African American community service organization will present its 1998 Don Newcombe Humanitarian Award at the ninth annual Top Hat banquet at 7 p.m. at the Universal City Hilton and Towers.
April 15, 2013 |
The anniversary is No. 66, which, although not particularly special numerically, feels more celebratory this year with the release of the film “42.” That would be “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson integrating baseball and changing America, and also the No. 1 movie in the nation last week. On Monday, baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day again, with all players wearing No. 42, but the main focus remains with the team Robinson broke in with, the Dodgers. His widow, Rachel Robinson, daughter Sharon, and son David, are to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium for the festivities.
July 10, 2010 |
Bo Jackson led off the 1989 All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium with a 448-foot home run, a majestic moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic. A look at some others: 1933: It's the first All-Star game, and Babe Ruth hits the first home run. 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order. 1949: Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby break the All-Star game color barrier. 1955: Stan Musial hits a walk-off home run — not that the term had been invented yet — as the NL erases a 5-0 deficit and wins, 6-5. 1970: Pete Rose knocks over Ray Fosse to score the winning run, separating Fosse's shoulder.
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September 27, 2002 |
Ray Hayworth, who was the oldest surviving major league player, died Wednesday in High Point, N.C., an aide to his grandson, U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), confirmed Thursday. He was 98. Hayworth, who worked in baseball for more than 50 years, spent 15 seasons in the majors as a catcher, almost all of them with the Detroit Tigers. Hayworth came to the majors in 1926 and was a member of Detroit's World Series teams in 1934 and 1935.
January 23, 2013 |
Tom Lasorda and Maury Wills applauded the Dodgers' hiring of former teammate Sandy Koufax , who will be a special advisor to Chairman Mark Walter. “I think it's great,” Lasorda said. “Having Sandy here is always a great move. He's very popular and one of the greatest pitchers that ever wore a Dodgers uniform.” Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager, is one of three other special advisors to Walter. Former pitcher Don Newcombe and Dr. Frank Jobe also share the same title.