August 30, 1986
About Scott Ostler's column on Doug Flutie: The Rams don't want Flutie because he is too young. They know this because that ancient sportswriter, Homer, never wrote a thing about him. He's not mentioned by Ptolemy, either. To the Rams, selecting a quarterback is a science: Archeology. When the Rams scout a player, they call in a guy wearing a pith helmet and carrying a trowel and whisk broom. The Rams aren't interested in a quarterback unless the first reports on him are written in hieroglyphics.
May 7, 1989
Randy Wilstead hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Brigham Young a 5-4 victory over San Diego State and a sweep of the teams' Western Athletic Conference doubleheader in Provo, Utah, Saturday. Brigham Young won the first game, 2-1. The defeats dropped the Aztecs to 33-22, 14-8 in the WAC. BYU is 42-14 and 20-7. The U.S. International swept a doubleheader from visiting Southern Utah, 7-3, 12-5. The Gulls (22-32) hit three home runs in the second game.
May 7, 2013 |
Fans of "The Simpsons" are in mourning over the death of a woman most of them never met: series co-creator Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening. For most, she will be forever linked with Marge Simpson, her animated namesake. A paid obituary appearing in Monday's Oregonian newspaper stated the 94-year-old Groening died peacefully in her sleep at home in Portland on April 22. A spokesperson for "The Simpsons" confirmed the obituary and that her son had declined any public comment.
May 25, 1989
Bo Jackson hit a tape-measure home run off Nolan Ryan in Arlington, Tex., Tuesday night, but he has a lot of distance to cover before he catches up with Mickey Mantle, according to the man who virtually invented the term "tape-measure homer." Arthur E. (Red) Patterson was the New York Yankees' publicity man in 1953, when Mantle hit what many still believe to be baseball's longest home run. Patterson went outside Griffith Stadium that night, April 17, 1953, stepped off the distance of a majestic Mantle home run and came up with a figure of 565 feet.
June 1, 2008 |
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 599th home run, leaving him one shy of a seldom-reached mark, and Jay Bruce extended his amazing weeklong debut with a 10th-inning homer that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. With his next homer, Griffey will join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa at 600. Bruce's first big league homer off Manny Acosta (3-2) dealt another crushing road defeat to the Braves, who couldn't hold a one-run lead entering the ninth.
March 23, 1985
Third baseman Bill Bluhm hit a solo homer in the second inning and a three-run homer in the third inning to lift College of the Canyons to a 10-4 non-conference win at home over Moorpark College Friday. Bluhm's season total of 10 home runs ties the school record set by Keith Ritchea in 1981 and gives him 16 for his career--also a school record. Bluhm also had a single to finish the day 3 for 3 with 4 runs batted in.
February 16, 1986 |
Ken Garcia hit two home runs and Dann Howitt and Bob Mellano had one each as Cal State Fullerton beat Arizona, 9-6, in a nonconference baseball game at Sancet Field Saturday. Howitt's homer, his second of the season, off Wildcat starter Gilbert Heredia (1-1) tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning. Garcia led off the fifth with his first homer of the year and he added another solo shot in the eighth inning to make it 9-2. Mellano's three-run homer in the fifth was his first of the season.
May 31, 1989
Ken Griffey Jr. hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Randy Johnson won his American League debut as the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Griffey hit a solo homer into the upper deck in right field in the second inning and hit a two-run shot into the lower deck in right in the sixth. As a kid, Griffey used to play catch in the outfield at Yankee Stadium and then watch his father, Ken Griffey, play with New York. "He once hit the upper deck," the younger Griffey said.
November 15, 2007 |
There was a time when all you had to do to experience the saga of the Trojan War -- the epic conflict which spawned both "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" -- was to plop down in front of a solitary, possibly blind storyteller. Then someone committed Homer's words to the written page and, more recently, the video screen, removing the story's immediacy. But now two Brits are reclaiming the story's oral tradition. "We discovered, to our eternal surprise, there is a great groundswell of interest for theatrical retellings of 'The Odyssey,' " says actor Daniel Morden, who is reviving one of the oldest performing arts along with storyteller Hugh Lupton.
April 15, 1989 |
Earlier this week, sitting outside in the early afternoon quiet of San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, Jack Clark talked about the home run. Not the one against the Dodgers that won a pennant for the St. Louis Cardinals, or the ones that won any number of big games for the San Francisco Giants, but one he held much closer to his heart. His first homer as a Padre. The one he didn't have yet. "You're in the game a long time, you aren't supposed to feel pressure, but you do," he was saying.