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May 3, 1994 | Times Staff Writer David W. Myers catches up with former Dodgers and Angels
Davis was a high school basketball standout in New York and, according to scouts, had a good shot at making the NBA. But Jackie Robinson helped to persuade him that baseball was his true calling. The outfielder and occasional third-baseman spent the first seven of his 18 big league seasons with the Dodgers, leading the National League in batting in 1962 and '63. His .346 average and 153 runs batted in in '62 remain single-season records for the Los Angeles franchise.
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April 9, 2012 | Lance Pugmire
Fifty years ago, the biggest man inside Los Angeles' biggest new landmark was 6-foot-7, 255-pound Frank Howard, the National League rookie of the year in 1960 who helped break in Dodger Stadium by slugging 31 home runs, batting .296 and driving in 119 runs. Howard, 75, resides in Northern Virginia and stays informed about major Dodgers news, such as Magic Johnson being part of the new ownership group and Clayton Kershaw winning last year's NL Cy Young Award, only on a limited basis.
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June 16, 2002 | MARYANN HUDSON HARVEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The romantic aura of an emptied baseball stadium is a tender memory. Sitting next to my dad, I was never in a hurry to leave. We waited out traffic in many of them, at Dodger Stadium, the L.A. Coliseum, in our hometown park in Ontario. We would watch as the players left the field, as the crowds crammed the tunnels and stairs. I could feel the lights as they shined on the green grass and absorbed into the red dirt.
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October 27, 2009 | Associated Press
"Crash" director Paul Haggis has severed his ties with the Church of Scientology, in part because of what he alleged is the organization's stance against gay marriage. Haggis wrote a letter addressed to Tommy Davis, the head of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. In it, Haggis said he was disappointed by the church's tacit denial of gay rights in the debate over California's gay marriage ban. The 56-year-old Haggis, who won an Oscar in 2005 for co-writing "Crash," said he was quitting the church after 35 years.
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October 31, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted kidnapper Tommy Davis, whose release was opposed by Gov. Gray Davis, walked out of San Quentin Prison on parole Monday after a victory in his long-running battle with state authorities. "I'm home!" the new parolee shouted as he arrived at his father's Vallejo home across San Francisco Bay from San Quentin, his lawyer reported. "It's great to be free."
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July 5, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
Whenever old-timers gather--as they will at the Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball old-timers' game at Dodger Stadium this afternoon, the conversation among the L.A. Dodger fans inevitably turns to the great World Series championship teams of the early '60s. They like to recall the sweep of the Yankees in '63, the comeback from two down in the '65 Series against Minnesota, even the self-destruct playoff loss to the Giants in '62.
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October 27, 2009 | Associated Press
"Crash" director Paul Haggis has severed his ties with the Church of Scientology, in part because of what he alleged is the organization's stance against gay marriage. Haggis wrote a letter addressed to Tommy Davis, the head of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. In it, Haggis said he was disappointed by the church's tacit denial of gay rights in the debate over California's gay marriage ban. The 56-year-old Haggis, who won an Oscar in 2005 for co-writing "Crash," said he was quitting the church after 35 years.
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October 12, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State parole officials on Wednesday overrode objections by Gov. Gray Davis and upheld the scheduled Dec. 23 release of convicted life-term kidnapper Tommy Davis. Commissioners of the state Board of Prison Terms balked, however, at letting the 34-year-old convict walk free immediately, as demanded by his attorney. But the action by board members, who are gubernatorial appointees, went down badly with the governor, who had urged that the convict be denied parole.
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July 13, 1986
The Dodgers of 1963 and 1965, who won titles with excellent pitching and sound defense, will be saluted in a three-inning old-timers' game today at 12:05 p.m., before the game between the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. More than 30 members of those championship teams will be in attendance, including Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, who won the Cy Young Award in the National League both years.
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February 1, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
So influential was Jackie Robinson that a single phone call from him to Tommy Davis changed the course of Davis' life. Davis, who won batting titles with the Dodgers in 1962 and '63, was among the guest speakers Thursday at the club's first Jackie Robinson Legacy Day, which fell on what would've been the late Robinson's 89th birthday and the eve of Black History Month. Davis shared his stories about Robinson at Dodger Stadium with more than 200 local elementary and middle school students.
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April 16, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Robinson did more for the Dodgers than what appears in the record books. He was also responsible for persuading Tommy Davis to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Davis went on to become the lone L.A. Dodger to win a National League batting title. He won it in 1962 and '63.
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June 16, 2002 | MARYANN HUDSON HARVEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The romantic aura of an emptied baseball stadium is a tender memory. Sitting next to my dad, I was never in a hurry to leave. We waited out traffic in many of them, at Dodger Stadium, the L.A. Coliseum, in our hometown park in Ontario. We would watch as the players left the field, as the crowds crammed the tunnels and stairs. I could feel the lights as they shined on the green grass and absorbed into the red dirt.
NEWS
October 31, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted kidnapper Tommy Davis, whose release was opposed by Gov. Gray Davis, walked out of San Quentin Prison on parole Monday after a victory in his long-running battle with state authorities. "I'm home!" the new parolee shouted as he arrived at his father's Vallejo home across San Francisco Bay from San Quentin, his lawyer reported. "It's great to be free."
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October 12, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State parole officials on Wednesday overrode objections by Gov. Gray Davis and upheld the scheduled Dec. 23 release of convicted life-term kidnapper Tommy Davis. Commissioners of the state Board of Prison Terms balked, however, at letting the 34-year-old convict walk free immediately, as demanded by his attorney. But the action by board members, who are gubernatorial appointees, went down badly with the governor, who had urged that the convict be denied parole.
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July 31, 1995 | ARA NAJARIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the basketball blacktops, Tommie Davis has what they call "handles." It means Davis can dribble the ball like he's got a grip on it. Davis, a point guard from Crenshaw High, was at the U.S. Olympic Festival to get a new grip on his basketball career. Not that it was going poorly. After leading Crenshaw to CIF and State titles in 1993, Davis accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Houston last year. At Houston, he started two-thirds of the games as a freshman.
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April 16, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Robinson did more for the Dodgers than what appears in the record books. He was also responsible for persuading Tommy Davis to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Davis went on to become the lone L.A. Dodger to win a National League batting title. He won it in 1962 and '63.
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May 24, 1994 | Times staff writer David W. Myers catches up with former Dodgers and Angels
Davis made his debut with the Dodgers in 1960 and remained the club's starting center fielder for the next 13 years. Nicknamed "Three Dog" because he wore No. 3 and was "fast as a greyhound," he helped the team to three National League pennants and two World Series championships. He holds six of the Los Angeles franchise's 15 major batting records, including hits, 2,091, and total bases, 3,094. Davis, 54, still lives in the Los Angeles area.
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