August 30, 1987 |
An hour before Thursday's game, as the Milwaukee Brewers were finishing batting practice, Cleveland Indians rookie John Farrell approached Paul Molitor and extended a hand. "Congratulations, Paul," Farrell told him. The two men shook hands, and Farrell asked Molitor to autograph a baseball, which Molitor did, writing, "To John, Wishing you a great career. My best always. Paul Molitor." Of all the weird exchanges that took place here this week, this surely was one of the weirdest.
August 4, 1989 |
It all started innocently enough. The Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter, Mariano Duncan, walked and stole second base. Luis Quinones bunted and beat it out. "I played for one run and I got 14," Manager Pete Rose said. The Reds scored 14 runs on 16 hits, all in the first inning, and went on to beat the Houston Astros, 18-2, Thursday at Cincinnati. The 16 hits set a modern major league record for one inning.
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November 10, 1999 |
Teacher Luis Lopez was reading "Charlotte's Web" to his students Tuesday when the emergency bell sounded. "Drop!" Lopez ordered the fifth-graders, who immediately crouched under their desks, holding the backs of their necks with one hand and clutching the desk legs with the other. A routine day at Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood was interrupted by a scenario involving the aftermath of a 7.8 earthquake.
June 1, 1994 |
Playing private detective for a day, state Sen. Tom Hayden's staff captured Gov. Pete Wilson's director of fish and game and one of his top deputies on videotape as they fished during business hours last week with a lawyer who is trying to loosen the state's endangered species protection laws.
September 8, 1993 |
With no votes to spare, the state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation requiring all bicycle riders in California under the age of 18 to wear crash helmets or pay a fine of $25. A 21-13 vote, the precise majority required, sent the proposal back to the Assembly, which narrowly approved it two months ago. If it wins Assembly passage again, as expected, it will go to an uncertain future at the hands of Gov. Pete Wilson.
April 5, 1985 |
Ben Lefebvre may be 72, but he is still a swinger. "Benny is a swinger all right," Verbum Dei baseball Coach Pete Morado said. "He's a guru of hitting. Anytime you play his kids, you know they aren't going to be standing at the plate, watching. They're going to attack. They'll be up there swinging." Guru may be a perfect description for Lefebvre, a sun-tanned picture of health whose supple fingers caress a baseball bat as if it were a magic wand.
July 1, 1994 |
For the second night in a row, a decision on a home run was reversed by umpires--this time in favor of the hitter. In the sixth inning of the Atlanta Braves' 8-3 victory over the Florida Marlins at Miami, Ryan Klesko's 15th home run gave the Braves a 6-1 lead. The ball hit the screen on the left-field foul pole and was ruled foul by third-base umpire Terry Tata and home-plate umpire Eric Gregg. But after Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox protested, the umpires met and reversed the decision.
July 9, 1989 |
Several sports will have a different scheduling look next season in the West Coast Athletic Conference, and the WCAC could move to the forefront of collegiate soccer in the 1990s as a result of recent league meetings. The biggest immediate news was a change in basketball and baseball scheduling--the WCAC will go back to playing conference basketball games on Thursdays and Saturdays, and baseball teams will again play home-and-home three-game series.
March 23, 1991 |
It was fun while it lasted, but Eastern Michigan's short run in the NCAA tournament came to an abrupt end Friday night at the Meadowlands, where the 12th-seeded Hurons were crunched by top-seeded North Carolina, 93-67, in the semifinals of the East Regional. North Carolina, making its 11th consecutive appearance in the tournament's round of 16 but trying to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1982, blew open a close game midway through the second half.