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November 13, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Some folks don't think I like anyone. Not true. After all, there's the wife, and at this stage of life it's too late to break in a new one, so it's probably good I like her most days. There were times when the younger daughter was in high school that I didn't like her. Then she met the Bagger. I got over it, and now I like it when they get together and give me grandchildren. I like the older daughter and know she has a lot of friends who like her as well. I just wish some guy would step out of the pack, like her a little more, and give us more grandchildren.
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November 6, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Ross Porter died. "He fell into my arms," says Lin, his wife of 51 years, "and said, 'I am leaving.'" Anyone who knows Lin won't be surprised with what happens next. She orders her husband not to leave. Doctors and nurses call a code blue at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Dr. Ramin Salehi-Rad sprints from the hospital basement to Porter's upstairs room. It's late July, a little more than three months ago, and Ross is not with us. He does not have a pulse for 48 seconds before a UCLA medical team goes to work on that great big heart.
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November 6, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Ross Porter died. "He fell into my arms," says Lin, his wife of 51 years, "and said, 'I am leaving.'" Anyone who knows Lin won't be surprised with what happens next. She orders her husband not to leave. Doctors and nurses call a code blue at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Dr. Ramin Salehi-Rad sprints from the hospital basement to Porter's upstairs room. It's late July, a little more than three months ago, and Ross is not with us. He does not have a pulse for 48 seconds before a UCLA medical team goes to work on that great big heart.
SPORTS
November 13, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Some folks don't think I like anyone. Not true. After all, there's the wife, and at this stage of life it's too late to break in a new one, so it's probably good I like her most days. There were times when the younger daughter was in high school that I didn't like her. Then she met the Bagger. I got over it, and now I like it when they get together and give me grandchildren. I like the older daughter and know she has a lot of friends who like her as well. I just wish some guy would step out of the pack, like her a little more, and give us more grandchildren.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1996
Howard Rosenberg's smug and smirking article on Ross Porter ("His Patter Touches All the Bases," Calendar, April 22) does a disservice to a fine baseball announcer who brings many hours of enjoyment to baseball fans in the Los Angeles area. Knowledgeable fans appreciate Mr. Porter's unpretentious and straightforward style, as opposed to Mr. Rosenberg's sarcastic and exaggerated attempt to be clever. Lighten up, Mr. Rosenberg; it's a beautiful day for a ballgame if you want to listen and learn and have some fun. ROSE E. GATES Pasadena Howard Rosenberg hit a home run on his article about Ross Porter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Ross Porter, who was fired as a Dodger broadcaster before the season began, told listeners on KMPC-AM (1540) that he recently called his local bookstore to order a copy of "Voices of Summer: Baseball's Greatest Announcers," by Curt Smith. When Porter went to pick up the book, he noticed a yellow piece of paper sticking out of it, bearing the message: "We miss you on the Dodger broadcasts -- you're on Page 278." Sure enough, there was Porter, listed at No. 61 on the all-time list. No. 1?
SPORTS
August 14, 1993
I always hold my breath when Ross Porter gives the paid attendance. I just know someday he is going to mention by name everyone present. BILL STEIN Cambria
SPORTS
May 24, 1986
I always hold my breath when Ross Porter gives the paid attendance. I just know someday he is going to mention by name everyone present. BILL STEIN Encino
SPORTS
August 24, 1991
How could anyone prefer Al Downing to Ross Porter? The true measure of a sportscaster's effectiveness is the extent to which he melds with the game and reports the action inconspicuously. Ross Porter does this beautifully. As for Downing: Although having served up the biggest gopher ball in the history of the game no doubt gives him a certain perspective that the rest of us lack, his obtrusive manner and condescending tone make it too unpleasant for anyone to appreciate it. DAVE STUART Los Angeles
SPORTS
October 30, 2004
Before the Dodgers play the loyalty card in their negotiations with Adrian Beltre this winter, they should bear in mind that their own hands are anything but clean. After sending the dedicated and productive Paul Lo Duca and Dave Roberts packing with practically nothing in return, the unkindest cut of all came when they unceremoniously dumped Ross Porter after more than a quarter-century of service to the organization. Porter wasn't perfect, but nobody is. What he was is consistently informative, reliable and knowledgeable.
SPORTS
November 15, 2006 | T.J. SIMERS
The voice remains unmistakable, and even comforting in such a familiar way. And yet it has been two years since most of us have heard from Ross Porter, 28 years a Dodgers broadcaster, the irrepressible statistician who sometimes sounded as if he were purposely challenging himself by speaking with a mouthful of marbles.
SPORTS
February 25, 2006
I've taught journalism and communications at USC and UCLA, and I don't think I've ever seen such an egregious example of "burying the lead" than in Wednesday's Sports section. If there has been a more important story to hit Los Angeles in a long time, I haven't seen it. But instead of putting this on the front page (of the entire newspaper), this vital story was buried near the end of the Sports section: Vin Scully signed for two more years! And newspapers wonder why readership has declined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Ross Porter, who was fired as a Dodger broadcaster before the season began, told listeners on KMPC-AM (1540) that he recently called his local bookstore to order a copy of "Voices of Summer: Baseball's Greatest Announcers," by Curt Smith. When Porter went to pick up the book, he noticed a yellow piece of paper sticking out of it, bearing the message: "We miss you on the Dodger broadcasts -- you're on Page 278." Sure enough, there was Porter, listed at No. 61 on the all-time list. No. 1?
SPORTS
March 12, 2005
So, the latest spin/damage control/tall tale from Dodger high command is that the off-season's puzzling and depressing maneuvers were really a heroic attempt to keep the Dodger organization (there's an oxymoron for you) steroid-free. I guess that explains their dumping of Ross Porter. Mike Eberts Los Angeles How can I possibly drive to Chavez Ravine and plunk down support in the form of hard-earned cash to this administration? McCourt and DePodesta's mangling of everything Dodger nauseates me. Joey Amalfitano with the San Francisco Giants is disheartening.
SPORTS
February 1, 2005 | Tim Brown
We'd heard his voice enough to know that it wasn't quite right, exactly. We'd seen him so many times ambling through the hallways of Dodger Stadium, body bent slightly forward as if into a slight breeze, recorder and microphone dangling from his hands, forever leading with his thin and inviting smile, to know that it wasn't quite him, exactly. Ross Porter's family, some of whom had traveled from Oklahoma and Texas, and Peter O'Malley sat to his right. Vin Scully was to his left.
SPORTS
February 1, 2005 | From Staff Reports
Ross Porter was the man of the hour at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters awards luncheon Monday at Lakeside Golf Course in Toluca Lake. Porter and longtime USC announcer Tom Kelly were inducted into the group's Hall of Fame, and Porter also won the Chick Hearn Award for best radio play-by-play last year. Porter, who completed his 28th and final season as a Dodger broadcaster last year, was introduced by Vin Scully.
SPORTS
August 24, 1985
Dodger baseball on TV, in the absence of Vin Scully, is strictly dullsville. Ross Porter rates an hoarorary degree, MDS (Master of Dull Statistics). Is it true that his cure for insomnia is to count sheep legs and divide by four? BILL LODGE Reseda
SPORTS
March 15, 1986
In watching the Dodger telecast last Sunday, I see (or rather hear) that one member of the Dodger family is in top shape. I'm talking about broadcaster Ross Porter. His mouth never stopped. Even my dog left the room. GEORGE GARDNER North Hollywood
SPORTS
December 25, 2004
OK, here's the pitch for what would undoubtedly be the highest-rated televised sports show in Los Angeles history: We get Donald Trump to buy the Dodgers, then televise his first meeting with Frank McCourt, Jamie McCourt and Paul DePodesta, so that Dodger fans get the sublime satisfaction of hearing those magical words, "You're fired!" Dan Douglass Woodland Hills The Red Sox finally retired "the Curse of the Bambino" after more than 80 years. I hope the Dodgers will be able to put to rest "the Curse of the McCourts" in a lot less time.
SPORTS
October 30, 2004
Before the Dodgers play the loyalty card in their negotiations with Adrian Beltre this winter, they should bear in mind that their own hands are anything but clean. After sending the dedicated and productive Paul Lo Duca and Dave Roberts packing with practically nothing in return, the unkindest cut of all came when they unceremoniously dumped Ross Porter after more than a quarter-century of service to the organization. Porter wasn't perfect, but nobody is. What he was is consistently informative, reliable and knowledgeable.
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