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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Some of the greatest figures in sports history will meet a group of underprivileged youths at a charity benefit on Monday . Sports heroes such as Duke Snider, Otto Graham and Rafer Johnson will participate in a golf tournament/sports memorabilia auction at the Monarch Beach Golf Course to benefit the Pat McCormick Educational Fund.
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NEWS
August 27, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Some of the greatest figures in sports history will be in Dana Point on Monday. So will some of the least-privileged kids in La Puente and Hacienda Heights. Using her connections in the sports world, former Olympic gold-medal diver Pat McCormick is sponsoring a golf tournament, dinner and sports memorabilia auction at the Links at Monarch Beach and the Monarch Bay Club, and hopes to raise $30,000 to educated underprivileged youths.
NEWS
April 2, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Promoter Paul Howard Hammack has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he wrote bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle and failed to pay other bills during a 1990 sports memorabilia event he put on at the Pasadena Center. Under the plea agreement involving 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor, Pasadena Superior Court Judge J. Michael Byrne last Friday said he would sentence Hammack, 44, to four years in state prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1991
A sports memorabilia show promoter, who was charged with writing bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks and the Dodgers' Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, has pleaded guilty. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, who called himself Ernest Dent when he organized a memorabilia show that attracted thousands of fans to the Pasadena Center in September, 1990, entered the plea Friday in Pasadena Superior Court to 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor.
NEWS
September 29, 1991 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Howard Hammack, who attracted thousands of fans to a 1990 sports memorabilia show at the Pasadena Center, has been ordered to stand trial on related felony charges that he wrote bad checks to celebrities, including baseball slugger Mickey Mantle, and ran up thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1991 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When entrepreneur Sam D. Battistone finally persuaded Joie Casey to join him in his latest venture, Casey didn't travel light: His luggage for the move from Salt Lake City included 62,000 pounds of baseball cards and other sports collectibles that filled two truck trailers.
SPORTS
June 30, 1991 | VAN NIGHTINGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Mike Berkus and his fellow promoters were preparing for the first National Sports Collectors Convention, in 1980 at the Marriott Hotel near LAX, they were faced with a sobering thought. "When we decided to do it," Berkus said, "the first fear we had the week before was, 'Is anybody going to come to this thing?' " Eleven years later, their major worry is whether they'll have room for everyone.
NEWS
December 20, 1990 | ROBYN NORWOOD
MORE BARS: The Place (Mike's Sports Bar), 2920 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Open daily, 10 a.m. to midnight. (714) 644-0210. Three satellite dishes, seven small TV screens, sports memorabilia on the walls and famous athletes dropping by for a visit. Make no mistake, this is an all-sports bar.
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