CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2010 |
Les Richter, twice a key force in establishing big-league auto racing in Southern California after a career as an all-pro linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams, died Saturday. He was 79. Richter died at Riverside Community Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm Friday, said his son, Jon. Richter first led Riverside International Raceway, a twisty road-racing course, to national prominence largely by bringing NASCAR there in the early 1960s. After that track closed in 1988, he helped supervise development of Auto Club Speedway, the 92,000-seat Fontana track initially called California Speedway that opened in 1997 and now hosts two top-level NASCAR races a year.
August 5, 2011 |
It isn't Shannon Sharpe striking an Incredible Hulk pose after scoring a touchdown. Not Marshall Faulk picking up an exhausted teammate and dragging him to the line of scrimmage to keep a two-minute drill going. Not Deion Sanders high-stepping into the end zone, or Richard Dent crushing another quarterback. The true human highlight film in this Pro Football Hall of Fame class is 94-year-old Ed Sabol, the onetime overcoat salesman who shaped the NFL as we know it. Sabol, who founded NFL Films and forever changed the way the world watches football, will complete his decades-overdue journey to Canton on Saturday, when he'll be inducted with a class that includes Sharpe, Faulk, Sanders, Dent, Chris Hanburger and the late Les Richter.
August 11, 1985 |
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
February 12, 1986 |
Les Richter still maintains his home in Riverside, where he managed Riverside International Raceway for 23 years after a Hall of Fame football career with the Rams. But if you want him, you'd better first look down here at NASCAR headquarters or up in Washington, D.C. The old Coach, as he's been known since his football days, was promoted last week by NASCAR President Bill France Jr.
October 25, 1985 |
Hardy Nickerson will have his own personal cheering section at the Rose Bowl Saturday evening when Cal's football team plays UCLA. Nickerson grew up in Los Angeles and played a big part in Verbum Dei's Southern Section titles in 1981 and '82, so he can expect the backing of family and friends, former coaches and teachers, perhaps even present-day Verbum Dei players. But Cal's junior linebacker is likely to grab the attention of everyone else in the crowd, too.
June 12, 1988 |
Stock car racing was just out of its infancy in 1963 when Les Richter convinced NASCAR founder Bill France to bring his traveling circus to Riverside International Raceway. It was a revolutionary move. The sport, an outgrowth of the moonshine era when fast cars sped through the back roads of the Carolinas, delivering their White Lightning during the week, and then got together and raced on Sundays, was just beginning to take on a national character. It was also strictly an oval racing sport.