June 2, 2004 |
One night when Chick Hearn was working on "Chick: His Unpublished Memoirs and the Memories of Those Who Knew Him," Marge Hearn looked over his shoulder. "What are you doing?" he asked. "I want to see what it looks like," Marge said. "You'll have to wait and buy the book," Chick responded. "That way, at least I know I'll sell one copy." The book has sold more than one copy. This week it made The Times' bestseller list for sales in the Southland, coming in at No. 12 among nonfiction books.
July 1, 1995 |
Remember when Los Angeles used to claim the "Sports Capital of America" title--back when Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers were filling Dodger Stadium, the Rams were a hot ticket at the Coliseum, when even track meets were drawing 60,000? Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote recently employed a complicated formula to arrive at a ranking of the country's top sports cities. And the winner is . . . Detroit? Right. L.A. came in eighth.
June 7, 2001 |
Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post, writing before the start of the Laker-76er NBA Finals: "Please, Philadelphia, win one game. I understand winning even one is a lot to ask--winning four is probably out of the question. "[Though I love that 'David and Goliath' bit Larry Brown is peddling; the only drawback is that Shaq is so big he'd reach out, grab the slingshot and then eat it! And then where are you?] "One game is all I ask.
July 21, 1995 |
Jeannine Pelletier hit a golf shot that ricocheted off abandoned railroad tracks and hit her on the nose--and collected a $40,000 judgment from the Ft. Kent Golf Club in Maine. The Maine Supreme Court's opinion said, "Although the tracks are not under the club's absolute control, the club's duty extends to land which it has invited golfers to use."
March 31, 1998 |
At 15, former pitcher Joe Nuxhall was the youngest player to appear in a major league game. Sports Collectors Digest recently ran an ad listing one of his old jerseys for sale. The ad said, "Joe's amazing feat was brought to light again last year after his untimely death." Nuxhall, however, continues to broadcast Cincinnati Reds' games on radio. And he isn't getting any sympathy from broadcast partner Marty Brennaman. "If Joe's dead, that explains a lot," Brennaman said.
August 20, 1994 |
Had Steve Chilcott only broken for third base 27 years ago, he might not be building houses today. It would have seemed boneheaded at the time: a slow-footed catcher running for third after the pitcher made a pickoff throw to second. But, given what happened when Chilcott's right arm slammed back into the second-base bag, popping his shoulder loose, the foolhardy play probably would have been wiser.