October 5, 1992 |
Padre second baseman Kurt Stillwell sensed the stares each day the last few months of the season. He heard the whispers in the clubhouse. It's almost as if he could feel their contempt. "A lot of these guys have never seen me play before," Stillwell said. "They didn't know anything about me. Now look at what happened to me this year. They probably don't think I can play at all." Stillwell quietly said, "I guess you can't blame them."
August 3, 1986 |
After a Conejo Valley Little League all-star team won a sectional championship Thursday evening, the 12-year-old boys were whooping it up at a Thousand Oaks pizza parlor. A former CVLL all-star who happened to be in town dropped by to offer congratulations. This normally wouldn't have caused the kids to pause from stuffing their faces. But when this ex-little leaguer walked in, they nearly choked on their cheese.
June 5, 1988 |
Kurt Stillwell pushes through the doors into the spacious home clubhouse at Royals Stadium and sidles, with a smile as bright as his future, to his dressing stall near the corner of the room. It is 3 p.m., more than four hours before the Kansas City Royals' game against the Cleveland Indians.
March 20, 1986 |
Kurt Stillwell's father, Ron, had 14 official at-bats in the major leagues with the Washington Senators. He went straight off the campus of USC to Yankee Stadium, where he played his first big league game. Ron Stillwell was a shortstop, but his career was cut short when he collided with his left fielder. "He broke his jaw and messed up his eyes," Kurt Stillwell said. Ron Stillwell's vision was never the same. But what he knew he imparted to his son, Kurt, who grew up in Thousand Oaks.
May 1, 1986
Shawn Barton, a left-hander from College of the Canyons who plays for the Triple-A Reading Phillies, was named pitcher of the week in the Eastern League after tossing a four-hitter against Vermont in a 5-0 victory. Barton is 2-0 with a 2.95 earned-run average this season. Rod Stillwell, a shortstop from Thousand Oaks High, has been promoted to the starting lineup at Oral Roberts University.
February 19, 1992 |
The Padres spent most of the day negotiating with free agent infielder Kurt Stillwell, but the only agreement reached Tuesday night was that talks will continue Thursday. So much for big news. "These have been complicated negotiations," said Joe McIlvaine, Padre general manager. Said agent Scott Boras: "I really don't know what to think."