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April 8, 1994 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One was rapping grounders during practice. The other shagged the return throws. Jim Derrington, the youngest pitcher to start a major league baseball game, hit the grounders. Now 54, with his career behind him, he spends his free time working as an unpaid assistant coach at Fullerton High School. Ryan Golisano, who would like to pitch in the major leagues, caught the throws. At 16, with his career ahead of him, he spends as much time as possible with Derrington, sopping up that knowledge.
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April 8, 1994 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One was rapping grounders during practice. The other shagged the return throws. Jim Derrington, the youngest pitcher to start a major league baseball game, hit the grounders. Now 54, with his career behind him, he spends his free time working as an unpaid assistant coach at Fullerton High School. Ryan Golisano, who would like to pitch in the major leagues, caught the throws. At 16, with his career ahead of him, he spends as much time as possible with Derrington, sopping up that knowledge.
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June 29, 1991 | TOM BIRSCHBACH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Sept. 30, the final day of the 1956 season, a dark-haired, 16-year-old left-hander from South Gate took the mound for the Chicago White Sox against the Kansas City Athletics. Six innings later, on a hot, dusty day in front of 13,171 at Kansas City's crumbling Municipal Stadium, he was replaced after giving up five earned runs, nine hits, six walks and a balk and striking out three.
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June 3, 1998 | STEVE HENSON
Suns Manager Jim Derrington made his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1956 at age 16, making him the youngest pitcher to start a major-league game. Only Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds, who pitched in one game in 1944 at the age of 15, was a younger major-league player. Derrington, 58, also has the distinction of being the youngest major leaguer to hit safely. Derrington made the one appearance in 1956, allowing nine hits and five runs in six innings.
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July 12, 1998
Brad Gennaro hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Vigilantes to their fourth consecutive victory, defeating Pacific, 6-5, Saturday night at Saddleback College in front of an announced crowd of 2,235. It was the final game of the first half for the Vigilantes, who beat Pacific (12-32) for the seventh time this season. Before the game, the Suns fired Manager Jim Derrington.
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July 12, 1998 | STEVE HENSON
Suns Manager Jim Derrington was fired Saturday night for the team's poor record, General Manager Mike Begley said. "We just had to make a change," Begley said. "We felt we needed to go in another direction." The Suns were 12-31 before a 6-5 loss to the Mission Viejo Vigilantes Saturday night at Saddleback College. John Wood, the team's 37-year-old pitching coach, has replaced Derrington and designated hitter Frank Valdez will become a player-coach.
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July 15, 1998
Pacific Manager John Wood, who took over when Jim Derrington was fired last week, attended Hueneme High and Oxnard College before playing in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization from 1980-85. Wood, 37, managed in a professional league in Belgium in 1989-90. * The Western League resumes play tonight after a three-day break for its all-star game. Pacific plays host to Sonoma County at 7:05 at Oxnard College.
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May 2, 1998 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five players and a coach from the Dominican Republic had yet to arrive. Bleachers, floodlight poles and other facilities remained to be built. No aroma of hot buttered popcorn enticed fans at the modest Oxnard College ballpark. Indeed, no fans had bothered to come at all for a first glimpse of the minor league Pacific Suns baseball team, even though opening day is less than a month away. No matter.
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June 29, 1991 | TOM BIRSCHBACH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Sept. 30, the final day of the 1956 season, a dark-haired, 16-year-old left-hander from South Gate took the mound for the Chicago White Sox against the Kansas City Athletics. Six innings later, on a hot, dusty day in front of 13,171 at Kansas City's crumbling Municipal Stadium, he was replaced after giving up five earned runs, nine hits, six walks and a balk and striking out three.
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May 21, 1998 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kneeling outside the right-field fence, Matt Pesso peered through the chain link and watched the Pacific Suns loiter around the dugout. "They've been doing that all morning," Pesso said. "That's the life of major leaguers, I guess." More like minor leaguers without better opportunities. But professional ballplayers, yes, the Suns are that, and they open their first season Saturday night at Oxnard College at 6:05 p.m. against the Sonoma County Crushers.
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July 19, 1998 | CHRIS CHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the seventh inning, and a cool fog is settling over the Oxnard College baseball field, prompting about 700 Pacific Suns fans to snuggle under their blankets or grab a hot cup of coffee at the concession stand. Although the last-place Suns are winning--a rarity for the club during this error-filled first season in Ventura County--chilled audience members trickle out the exit as the night air becomes colder.
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