CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2007 |
OK, so how did I end up standing at home plate in Dodger Stadium with a pitching wedge in my hand and a golf ball at my feet? As far as I can recall, it all began months ago with me up in the stands, sipping a cold brew and letting my jock fantasies run wild. Under the right circumstances, could I hit a baseball out of the park? Given that I hit a total of one home run for my high school team, and that it happened 36 years ago, it seemed like a statistical improbability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2009 |
Professional baseball got off to a slow start in Southern California. So slow that in 1898, the San Jose Prune Pickers and the Santa Cruz Beachcombers were chosen over the Los Angeles Angels to join the California League. Imagine, depriving rival fans the joy of chanting "Beat L.A.!" But the Angels, their status no doubt elevated when they were purchased by a pool-hall operator, were granted a franchise in the newly organized Pacific Coast League in 1903.
June 29, 1997 |
Jim Horner might have been chasing crooks instead of fly balls this summer. An Academic All-American as a criminal justice major at Washington State, Horner almost applied for a job with the U.S. Marshal's Office before the season. "But I'll always have time to go for a 9-to-5 job," he said. "I figured I'd give baseball some time to pan out." So far, so good. Since being called up from Wisconsin during the all-star break, Horner has played in the outfield and at catcher. He is batting .
June 6, 1986 |
Steve Garvey, baseball's Mr. Congeniality, had never suffered the indignity of being kicked out of a game. Until Thursday night, that is. Garvey, a 16-year veteran, was ejected after the third inning of the Padres' 4-2 loss to Atlanta. He was arguing about the conclusion of an Atlanta triple play on a call at home. Bip Roberts had slid around catcher Ozzie Virgil and apparently touched home, but home plate umpire Charlie Williams called him out.
May 30, 1985 |
Quarter to three at sunny Palms Park. The umpire just drove up. He's the little man in blue wearing glasses, ol' Russ Fendley. Not as in old--he's only 48--but as in good ol' boy. He's from Alabama. They say the ball fields have a hold on him tighter than a sweetheart's. Or certainly a wife's. This life has already cost him two of those. Half an hour later, a La Quinta High School softball player slides into home plate ahead of the throw to the Artesia catcher. She looks safe.
August 18, 1989 |
Steve Garvey, the former Dodger and San Diego first baseman, will always remember June 30, 1983. That's the day his streak of playing in 1,207 consecutive games ended. Garvey's streak was surpassed by shortstop Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles, who extended his streak to 1,208 consecutive games, third-longest in major league history, Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Only Lou Gehrig, with 2,130, and Everett Scott, with 1,307, played more consecutive games.