February 14, 2014 |
The news that Jim Fregosi died today brought sadness. He was one of the franchise's first stars, a catalyst in the 1970 chase for the American League West championship. He got the franchise that banner nearly a decade later, when he managed the Angels to their first division title. Death is personal, and this one was hard for me. We weren't close. I enjoyed the handful of times I interviewed him, but I couldn't say we had any sort of relationship, at least from his perspective.
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November 29, 2009 |
Mike Penner, a longtime Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made headlines in 2007 when he announced that he was transsexual, has died. He was 52. Penner was pronounced dead Friday evening at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said. The cause of death has not been determined but was believed to be suicide. "Mike was a first-rate journalist, a valued member of our staff for 25 years, and we will miss him," Times Editor Russ Stanton said.
September 7, 2012 |
Armed with a full tank of gas, a press pass, a video camera and a good night's sleep, I set off last weekend on a prep football adventure to watch five games over three days. So much driving and so much fun, even if it was exhausting. Day 1 First stop was Palos Verdes High, located in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the world. I stopped on the side of the road and looked out at Bluff Cove and saw a calm, soothing Pacific Ocean. What a great way to lower stress by standing on the side of a cliff and watching sailboats cruise by. Off to the Palos Verdes-Narbonne game I went.
July 16, 1988
As a former sportswriter for United Press International, I take umbrage at Mike Downey's July 6 satire on Billy Martin. In it, Downey poked fun at UPI and its groundless reputation for embellishing facts and statistics. Wrote Downey: "The Associated Press said Martin was fired for having kicked dirt on the groundskeeper. United Press International said Martin was fired for having kicked ground on the dirtkeeper." I was there, and Martin actually kicked home plate into the left-field bleachers.
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December 20, 1986 |
La Jolla resident Fred Tupper, who covered 13 summer and winter Olympics for the New York Times and was a renowned tennis and golf writer, died in an El Cajon convalescent home Thursday after a long illness. He was 75. A London-based executive with Pan American World Airways for more than 20 years, Tupper founded Pan Am's magazine and wrote a gossip column for a London newspaper.
September 26, 2007 |
First of all, I'd like to thank the little people in Buena Park who attended a sneak preview of my new movie, "The Game Plan," for respecting my privacy -- not a single person stopping me later for an autograph or a picture. I can only imagine how hard it was to restrain themselves, although I suspect it had something to do with the wife, laughing, sobbing and rolling around the theater floor like some kind of crazed nut.