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May 14, 2000
Re "Coach Hangs Tough at Plate," May 4: The story of Victor Barrios, a paraplegic wheelchair-bound baseball coach winning his discrimination claim against the California Interscholastic Federation, is heartwarming though not unique. In 1955, Eulis Hubbs, a victim of adult polio, coached the Colton Little League All Star team from his wheelchair to a berth in the finals of the Little League World Series. For several years before and many years thereafter, Hubbs was well-known in the baseball coaching ranks of the Inland Empire.
November 9, 1989 |
Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith of the Chicago Cubs Wednesday became the first teammates to finish 1-2 in National League rookie-of-the-year voting since 1957. Walton was the clear favorite of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America panel, getting 22 of the 24 first-place votes and a total of 116 points. Smith had the other two first-place votes and 68 points. "I'm glad I won it and I'm glad he's the runner-up," Walton said at a news conference in Chicago.
September 7, 2011 |
Notable athletes who have died in a plane crash: Oct. 18, 1925 -- Marvin Goodwin, Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Goodwin was one of the 17 pitchers allowed to continue throwing the spitball after it was outlawed in 1920. He died in Houston after crash-landing his plane in a training exercise with the Army Air Reserve. Believed to be the first pro athlete killed in a plane crash. May 4, 1949 -- 22 members of the Torino soccer club. The entire team was killed when its plane crashed into a mountain near Torino, Italy, near the end of league play in Serie A, which immediately canceled the rest of the season and declared Torino the champions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1987
A San Diego Police Department SWAT team member on Friday shot and killed a man who had barricaded himself inside an Encanto home and threatened two women with a carving knife. The three-hour stand-off began shortly after 10:30 a.m. when a KGTV (Channel 10) reporter received a telephone call from a highly agitated man who said he was going to kill his roommate and then himself. The reporter got the man's address and notified police, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.
December 30, 1999 |
High school sports serve as a rite of passage for the athletes who play them, the student, friends and families that gather to watch them and the sportswriters who cut their professional teeth covering them. High school football games in Los Angeles date to 1896, but it wasn't until 1934 that the Los Angeles City Section was born. The Southern Section was established in 1912 and held its first athletic competition in 1913.
April 24, 1999 |
He could knock down a barn door with the velocity on his fastball. Problem was, for years, Sandy Koufax couldn't hit a barn door. But by the early 1960s, in Los Angeles, Koufax had finally figured out how to throw strikes. When he did that, every hitter in the National League was tempted to call in sick on days he was scheduled to pitch. Thirty-seven years ago today in Chicago, Koufax struck out 18 batters in a game for the second time.