August 14, 2009 |
All he ever wanted was a chance to play. That's why, as a skinny 8-year-old growing up in Cuba, he picked up a baseball in the first place. That's why, two weeks before his 21st birthday, he left Cuba and everything he had ever known to come to the U.S. And that's why Kendry Morales, perhaps alone among his Angels teammates, cheered Mark Teixeira's decision to bolt Anaheim for Yankee Stadium after last season, leaving first base open for him. "The only thing I needed was the opportunity to play every day," Morales says.
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September 21, 2008 |
Cece Carlucci, 90, a longtime minor league umpire who is the only umpire enshrined in the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, died Wednesday at his home in the Riverside County community of Wildomar. Carlucci had been in failing health since May, said Dick Beverage, a friend and executive director of the Hall of Fame selection committee. After more than a decade working baseball games in the Pacific Coast League, Carlucci gave up on reaching the majors. He went on to a long career manufacturing custom gear for baseball umpires.
April 11, 2008 |
One in a series of stories marking the Dodgers' 50th anniversary in L.A. -- It was a far different world the night Paul Pettit drove in 10 runs for a team called the Hollywood Stars. This was a minor league town then, with the Stars on one side of it, the original L.A. Angels on the other and oceans of bad blood between them. The Dodgers would bring the major leagues the next year, as if the magic in baseball couldn't come from anywhere else.
March 30, 2006 |
The headline is a stopper: "Angels Clout Nine Homers, Win 22-5." It was June 22, 1957, and Roger Osenbaugh still remembers every pitch. He should. He was the opposing pitcher. "It's the best memory I have," he said of the game between the Sacramento Solons and the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field, which stood at 42nd Street and Avalon Boulevard and was the West Coast copy of the Chicago Cubs' home. "Twenty-two runs, 18 earned runs, nine home runs, five home runs in one inning," he recalled.
October 7, 2005
Re "This is L.A. baseball?" editorial, Oct. 5 Winning over everything. That seems to be the gist of your editorial. The Angels are not even close to the city of Los Angeles. They are in Anaheim, which is not even in Los Angeles County. At best, this is part of Southern California, not Los Angeles. It is a complete fiction that they could be considered a hometown team for L.A. What will you say in a few years when the fickleness of Major League Baseball will inevitably accord the Dodgers a winning season and the Angels become losers?
February 17, 2005 |
BOYS' BASKETBALL CAISE BURRIS Sr., Simi Valley Then: Burris was an afterthought for most of his first three years, at Simi Valley, partly through his own doing and partly because of the talent around him. He was academically ineligible as a freshman, Coach Christian Aurand said, and played on the junior varsity as a sophomore.