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October 18, 1991 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It all started, Shirley Topley says, with a good, strong stick as a bat and a dried-out piece of cow dung. Bare bones equipment, indeed, but enough to play ball on the isolated family farm in Alberta, Canada, where Topley developed a love for sports more than a half-century ago. At "Topley Stadium," a lap around the cornstalks was a home run. The sole fan support came from the family cow. And when the "ball" finally crumbled, the game was over. But never for long--not if you were Shirley Topley.
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October 18, 1991 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It all started, Shirley Topley says, with a good, strong stick as a bat and a dried-out piece of cow dung. Bare bones equipment, indeed, but enough to play ball on the isolated family farm in Alberta, Canada, where Topley developed a love for sports more than a half-century ago. At "Topley Stadium," a lap around the cornstalks was a home run. The sole fan support came from the family cow. And when the "ball" finally crumbled, the game was over. But never for long--not if you were Shirley Topley.
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SPORTS
January 8, 1998
Amy DeCinces, a 6-foot outside hitter at Mater Dei, has signed a letter of intent with Michigan, girls' Athletic Director Geri Campeau said. * Shirley Topley, a longtime softball coach and Anaheim resident, has been named to the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool, making her eligible for selection as a coach for international competition up through the 2000 Olympics. Topley, inducted into the Orange County Hall of Fame in 1991, coached the U.S.
SPORTS
October 29, 1991
Nine new members of the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted tonight during a banquet at the Disneyland Hotel, where Merlin Olsen will serve as master of ceremonies. Bobby Knopp, Bertha Ragan Tickey, Dwight Stones, Bruce Penhall, Shirley Topley, Alex Omalev, Bill Cook, Homer Beatty and Pat McInally will be enshrined. Five others will be recognized with special achievement awards.
SPORTS
March 17, 1991
Bobby Knoop, Pat McInally, Dwight Stones, Shirley Topley and Bruce Penhall have been named to the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame. The five, who were active in Orange County after 1965, will be inducted at a banquet Oct. 29 at the Disneyland Hotel, with four others who were elected from the veterans list and announced last week: Homer Beatty, Bill Cook, Alex Omalev and Bertha Ragan Tickey.
SPORTS
October 27, 1992
Steve Busby, Al Carmichael, Doug DeCinces and Vince Ferragamo will be inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame tonight during a banquet at the Disneyland Hotel. Ed Arnold, a KTLA-TV Channel 5 sportscaster, will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition to the inductions, there will be four special awards honoring Hank Ives, publisher of the J.C.
SPORTS
October 6, 1991
Four Orange Countians will receive special awards when nine new members are inducted into the county's Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 29 at the Disneyland Hotel. Becky McCafferty of Irvine has been named the winner of the Woody Dietch Courage Award for her work as spokesman for the disabled. McCafferty was competing for a berth on the Olympic swimming team when a body-surfing accident permanently confined her to a wheelchair in 1981. She was named Ms.
SPORTS
September 8, 1999
The U.S. Olympic softball team, which was selected Monday, is training this week in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Cup that begins Friday in San Diego. During the event, the U.S. team will face three of the top teams in the world: No. 2 Australia, No. 5 Canada and, on Friday, No. 7 New Zealand. Irvine's Jennifer Brundage, a former player at UCLA, was one of 15 players named to the team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
SPORTS
December 5, 1993
Membership in the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame will grow to 67 today when six men are inducted in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. outside of the new Hall of Fame museum adjacent to Gate 6 at Anaheim Stadium. Major League Baseball's Bert Blyleven and Gary Carter, community college football coaching legend Hal Sherbeck, former football stars Ray Willsey and Jerry Shipkey and former standout track athlete and coach Maurice (Red) Guyer compose the Hall's 13th class.
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February 6, 1998 | JOHN WEYLER
The Orange Lionettes' amateur softball dynasty came to an end in 1976, when the team became the Santa Ana Lionettes of the International Women's Professional Softball Assn. And the glory years were definitely over. "We figured that since there were about 200,000 girls playing softball in Orange County that the fans would keep coming," franchise holder Ed Goldstein told The Times in 1976. "Obviously we were wrong. It was financial disaster."
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