April 22, 1999 |
How's this for finishing a game? Twenty-nine years ago today, the New York Mets' Tom Seaver struck out the last 10 San Diego Padre batters he faced and finished with a record-tying 19 strikeouts in a 2-1 win at Shea Stadium. Ten is still the major league record for consecutive strikeouts in a game. Seaver, then 25 and coming off a 25-7 season in 1969--the year the Mets won the World Series--told writers afterward he didn't consider himself a strikeout pitcher.
November 8, 2006 |
Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler won a seat in the U.S. House, track great Jim Ryun lost his race and Super Bowl star and former USC receiver Lynn Swann fell short Tuesday in elections involving ex-athletes. In Pasadena, Measure A, which proposed allowing the NFL to enter into a years-long contract with the Rose Bowl, appeared headed for defeat, with 75% of the voters opposing the measure.
March 22, 1994 |
George Bakewell finally got his wish last Thursday, to play softball with his son. Bakewell is a member of the Three-Quarter Century Softball Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., which doesn't let anyone younger than 75 join. George's son, Elton, is now eligible, having turned 75. George is 101. * Trivia time: Who is the last American male to have held the world record in the mile? * Of course: Tom Lasorda once asked Dodger outfielder Kenny Landreaux what kind of soup was being served in the clubhouse.
July 9, 1999 |
By any measure, it was a remarkable achievement. A year later, it would be seen as an Olympic Games preview. On this weekend in 1967, at The Times-sponsored USA-British Commonwealth track meet at the Coliseum, a Kenyan cop named Kip was a central figure. On Saturday, Kipchoge Keino, 27, ran the ninth-fastest 1,500 meters of all time, only to finish 30 meters behind American Jim Ryun, who broke a world record that had stood for seven years, running 3:33.1.
July 8, 1999 |
That ticking sound you hear in Los Angeles, in the Convention Center district, is the countdown to a grand opening for the Staples Center. Or . . . could it be the countdown to demolition of the Sports Arena? When the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was completed in the summer of 1959, it was the most modern indoor sports facility in America.
December 10, 1989 |
Bryan Dameworth, the senior from Agoura High in Calabasas who has not lost a cross-country race this season, found himself facing an unlikely challenge from Andy Maris, a senior from Buckley, Wash., Saturday in the Kinney Nationals at Balboa Park's Morley Field. It was unlikely because Maris managed only a sixth-place finish in the Western regional last week and did not figure to push Dameworth.
April 19, 1987 |
A record-breaking day at the 62nd annual Kansas Relays Saturday belonged to Joe Dial, who overcame controversy to soar 19 feet 4 3/4 inches and break his own American record in the pole vault. Dial, 24, a former Oklahoma State star, had to wait almost 45 minutes after his jump while officials argued over whether he had set the record or not. After measuring it himself and declaring he would not jump again, he was told by meet officials that a remeasure had confirmed his record.
August 15, 2000 |
There are four former world-class athletes roaming the halls of the U.S. Congress, yet none of them go to their left? Representatives Steve Largent (R-Okla.), J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) Jim Ryun (R-Kan.) and Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) are all grand old sports stars representing the GOP. It should be noted that Ryun, the former mile record-holder, at least had to circle left around the track. Truth is, most sporting figures entering politics today are Republicans.
January 21, 2001 |
Alan Webb of South Lakes High in Reston, Va., became the first American prep runner to break four minutes for the indoor mile, with a time of 3:59.86 at the New Balance Games on Saturday. In smashing the scholastic indoor mark of 4:02.7 set by Thom Hunt in 1976, Webb was only the fourth U.S. high school runner to break four minutes. The other three--Jim Ryun, who did it five times; Tim Danielson; and Marty Liquori--all accomplished the feat outdoors.
May 14, 2006 |
Lynn Swann, campaigning to become the first black governor of Pennsylvania, was raised in Tennessee by parents scratching out a living. His father was a janitor, his mother a dentist's assistant. With that background, it might surprise some that Swann is a conservative Republican. Except for one thing: He's a former pro athlete. The vast majority of big-time sports personalities who enter the political arena do so as members of the GOP.