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August 11, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A short passage in Katella High School's senior yearbook probably gave the school's graduating athletes reason to chuckle back in 1985. And those who thumbed through the yearbook and saw it a few years later might have giggled again. In a list of what students said they wanted to do after high school, Jerry Spradlin wrote, "Professional baseball player." Yeah, right.
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August 6, 1998 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a strange road to the major leagues for Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jerry Spradlin. He pitched only three innings at Katella High, for the freshman team. He was cut after that. He tried out again as a sophomore, junior and senior, but each time failed to make the team. "The coaches apparently thought I was too much of a project," said Spradlin, who kept pitching for lower-profile summer league teams. For two years after high school, Spradlin didn't pitch at all.
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May 31, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Jerry Spradlin was well aware of Cincinnati Reds reliever Rob Dibble's public image: Pitcher throws ball at batter's head, sparking bench-clearing brawl; pitcher heaves ball into crowd in frustration, pitcher wrestles manager in clubhouse. But Spradlin, who played briefly at Katella High School and Fullerton College before rising to the Reds' triple-A team at Indianapolis this season, saw another side to Dibble in March.
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May 31, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Jerry Spradlin was well aware of Cincinnati Reds reliever Rob Dibble's public image: Pitcher throws ball at batter's head, sparking bench-clearing brawl; pitcher heaves ball into crowd in frustration, pitcher wrestles manager in clubhouse. But Spradlin, who played briefly at Katella High School and Fullerton College before rising to the Reds' triple-A team at Indianapolis this season, saw another side to Dibble in March.
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August 6, 1998 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been a strange road to the major leagues for Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jerry Spradlin. He pitched only three innings at Katella High, for the freshman team. He was cut after that. He tried out again as a sophomore, junior and senior, but each time failed to make the team. "The coaches apparently thought I was too much of a project," said Spradlin, who kept pitching for lower-profile summer league teams. For two years after high school, Spradlin didn't pitch at all.
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September 16, 1996 | Associated Press
Nolan Ryan doesn't get many standing ovations as a banker, rancher and state parks and wildlife commissioner. So baseball's strikeout king was especially moved when the retirement of his No. 34 by the Texas Rangers brought a sellout crowd at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, to its feet four times. "Those are very special moments; it's hard to describe," Ryan said. "After you've been removed from it for a while as I've been, it means even more. It makes you think about how much you miss it."
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May 23, 1994 | MARYANN HUDSON
He has been released four times in the last 16 months and was once bought by the Milwaukee Brewers for $2,500 and 12 dozen baseballs, but Tim Fortugno, 32, hopes those struggles are long gone. "I don't know how someone with his ability fell through the cracks," said Jim Bowden, the Cincinnati Reds' general manager. Fortugno, a left-handed reliever with a good curveball and 92 m.p.h. fastball, was released by the Angels before the 1993 season.
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July 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
Jeff Kent's two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second of the game, gave the Giants the lead and J.T. Snow added a three-run shot later in the inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies, 8-5, Tuesday night. Trailing, 4-3, with two outs and none on in the seventh, the Giants started their rally when Phillie left-hander Matt Beech walked Barry Bonds on four pitches. Jerry Spradlin (1-6) replaced Beech and gave up Kent's go-ahead homer, his 22nd of the season and 100th of his career.
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February 12, 1988
Tim Churchill and Doug Yates had three hits and two RBIs each to lead Cypress College to a 20-4 victory over East Los Angeles Thursday in the opening round of the Cypress baseball tournament. Cypress (5-1), which had 20 hits, scored eight runs in both the third and eighth innings. Mike Segovia, Mark Steinart and Ken Briggs had two hits and two RBIs each for Cypress. Rich Lodding (1-1) pitched six shutout innings and had three strikeouts in the victory.
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August 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Frank Castillo won his seventh consecutive decision as the Toronto Blue Jays ended their six-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, but news regarding ailing right fielder Raul Mondesi wasn't as positive. Mondesi's injured right elbow might cost him the rest of the season. "I don't want to lose my career for two months," said the former Dodger, who has ligament damage and chips in the elbow. "I want to help the team win but I can't."
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August 11, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A short passage in Katella High School's senior yearbook probably gave the school's graduating athletes reason to chuckle back in 1985. And those who thumbed through the yearbook and saw it a few years later might have giggled again. In a list of what students said they wanted to do after high school, Jerry Spradlin wrote, "Professional baseball player." Yeah, right.
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September 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sammy Sosa reached 50 home runs for the third consecutive season Saturday, joining St. Louis' Mark McGwire as the only players to accomplsh the feat. Unfortunately for Sosa, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Cardinals, 7-6, as Fernando Tatis hit two homers and drove in five runs. "Today, I'm the man," said Tatis, who then expressed admiration for Sosa: "It's great for him, it's amazing that he could do that, it's unbelievable."
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March 20, 1988 | STEVE KRESAL, Times Staff Writer
Rod Benjamin hit a grand slam and Ole Koehmstedt hit a three-run triple to lead Cerritos College to a 9-4 victory over Fullerton Saturday in a South Coast Conference baseball game at Fullerton. Cerritos led, 4-2, in the eighth when Benjamin hit his grand slam off reliever Jerry Spradlin. Alan Newman walked the first hitter of the inning and was replaced by Spradlin, who hit a batter and gave up a bunt single before the home run.
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