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July 18, 1988 | SCOTT OSTLER
There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. It looks like the Angels are making some kind of pennant drive. But considering how far back they are coming from, their current move is sort of like making a run at the Indy 500 checkered flag after starting from the parking lot. Talk about coming from out of the pack. The Angels are coming from out of the dumpster. From 19 1/2 games out of the division lead, the Angels have stormed to within 10 1/2 games of the lead.
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July 18, 1988 | SCOTT OSTLER
There's somethin' happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. It looks like the Angels are making some kind of pennant drive. But considering how far back they are coming from, their current move is sort of like making a run at the Indy 500 checkered flag after starting from the parking lot. Talk about coming from out of the pack. The Angels are coming from out of the dumpster. From 19 1/2 games out of the division lead, the Angels have stormed to within 10 1/2 games of the lead.
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April 6, 1988
In Monday night's National Collegiate Athletic Assn. final, Oklahoma used one substitute who played a total of seven minutes. Kansas used 5 substitutes who played 49 minutes. Said Oklahoma Coach Billy Tubbs before the game: "If people want to see a second or third string, they should go to a high school game. "We have respect and compassion, but when the game starts it's war and we don't take prisoners. We don't beat people, we crush them."
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August 21, 1988 | Gene Wojciechowski
I believe it was Billy Martin--now awaiting his what, 168th return to the New York Yankee dugout?--who said you never turn down a chance to manage a major league team. And if he didn't say it, he should have. But even Martin might have thought twice about accepting employment with the 1988 Angels. First of all, there was this business of replacing a managerial legend, the hyper-intense Gene Mauch, relegated to Palm Springs golf courses by a preseason bout with chronic bronchitis.
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July 25, 1988 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
A bit of baseball wisdom from noted dugout philosopher, if not mathematician, Octavio Rivas Rojas: "You don't win a war in one battle." Those are words the Angels lived by, and died by, Sunday afternoon during their 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians before 31,015 at Anaheim Stadium. According to Cookie's Corollary, a baseball season is a 6-month war, a 162-game siege, and with the Oakland Athletics coming to town tonight, the war is about to escalate.
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May 23, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
It was Havana, 1959. Cookie Rojas was 20 and playing second base for the Havana Sugar Kings of the International League in the Junior World Series against the Minneapolis Millers, managed by Gene Mauch. "I met Cookie and Fidel Castro at the same time," Mauch said in reflection. "In all honesty, Fidel made the more immediate impression."
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