December 21, 1986 |
The 1962 San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, who were involved in a three-game playoff to decide the National League pennant that year, will renew their rivalry in a benefit baseball game Feb. 8 in Phoenix, promoters announced. Among the players tentatively scheduled to play in "Dream Game '87" at Phoenix Municipal Stadium are Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Don Drysdale, Sandy Kofax, Juan Marichal and Duke Snider.
October 6, 1992 |
Padre right fielder Tony Gwynn on Monday underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, in which doctors discovered torn meniscus cartliage. Dr. Jan Fronek, who performed the surgery, said there was less damage than anticipated. Gwynn is scheduled to begin rehabilitation today, and is expected to be fully recovered by spring training. It was almost the identical injury of a year ago, Fronek said.
July 14, 1986 |
It was a dream matchup: Sandy Koufax vs. Don Drysdale. The annual old-timers' game Sunday at Dodger Stadium honored the 1963 and 1965 teams, both of which won the World Series. The two pitching immortals starred on both teams. Sunday they opposed each other in the three-inning game that preceded the regularly scheduled game between the Chicago Cubs and the Dodgers, they opposed each other. A majority of the crowd of 40,922 arrived early to enjoy a bit of nostalgia.
October 6, 1991
A softball exhibition featuring The King and His Court with Eddie Feigner competing against a group of former Major League baseball players will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Blair Field in Long Beach. Former Dodgers Norm Larker and Tommy Davis, Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim (Mudcat) Grant and Oakland A's pitcher John (Blue Moon) Odom are expected to participate. Proceeds will go to the United Cerebral Palsy Assn. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Children under 8 are free.
June 29, 1986 |
Before a couple of old-timers named Don Sutton and Phil Niekro set out to duel on the pitcher's mound Saturday night, a group of former Angels played a team of former major league all-stars to a 2-2 tie in the Angels' annual old-timers' game. Ken McMullen, who played third base for the Angels from 1970 to 1972, hit a two-run home run off Bob Gibson, striking the screen on the left-field foul pole.
April 16, 2001 |
True confession: I still haven't recovered from the Angels' release of Jose Canseco, if only because of the opportunity lost. This coldhearted move broke the time-honored continuum of aging stars dragging body parts into Anaheim to take last cuts, cut last checks and foster friendships with team trainers. The Angels have been to impending baseball retirement what Palm Springs is to the elderly. The team's limb-lease program has helped produce the most out-of-whack glossaries in hardball history.
November 19, 2004 |
The Dodgers are close to naming a new play-by-play announcer and two new radio and television commentators. Charley Steiner, formerly of ESPN and a New York Yankee radio announcer for the last three years, is a possible replacement for Ross Porter, whose contract was not renewed. Former Dodger second baseman Steve Sax has emerged as a candidate for one of the commentating jobs. "Charley Steiner is one of the people we have looked at," Dodger executive vice president Lon Rosen said late Thursday.
October 15, 2009 |
If Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt were privately outraged at Arte Moreno's gall in renaming his Orange County team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and shoving it in their face with billboards far beyond the Orange curtain, the thread of disenchantment stretches back to the beginning of major league baseball in Southern California. According to newspaper and book accounts supported by personal recollections and interviews, the late Walter O'Malley, who moved his storied team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, never wanted an American League team in what he regarded as his new, private and lucrative territory or believed the AL had legal rights to it. Peter O'Malley, Walter's son, denies those accounts, but there is no denying that Los Angeles fans also failed to show much interest in the new Los Angeles team, which retained the familiar name of the Pacific Coast League Angels but knew from the start it would have to find a home of its own. Born out of baseball's first expansion, the Angels moved from the minor league facility that was Wrigley Field in 1961 to the new Dodger Stadium as tenants in 1962 and ultimately to their own Anaheim park in 1966.
October 31, 1999
The multibillion-dollar Fox Corp. has proved a load of green cannot revive the Dodger Blue. So after another dreary season the suits have retired and sent in what may be just what the L.A. ballclub needs, a No. 1 fan. Former Warner Bros.