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.
August 1, 2012 |
Didn't spot it at first outside the place where Jackie Robinson grew up, where he learned to run, threw oranges from neighbors' trees, first fired a baseball under the tutelage of three older brothers, one of whom would star in the most famous Olympics of all. Didn't spot it till it was mentioned by Robinson's sister-in-law Delano, who still lives in that same working-class area between the Rose Bowl and John Muir High. "Did you see the plaque?" she asked. Well, no, even looking for it. Maybe not for a plaque exactly, but something designating this as one of the most historic streets in America.
July 23, 1992 |
Russ Snow, 35, spends his life pretty much dedicated to three things: gathering and selling firewood, breeding and selling catfish--his two businesses--and playing softball. In fact softball is one of few things that takes Snow away from the picturesque 160-acre ranch that his family owns at the top of Highland Valley in Escondido. His home there is an 1800s caboose, one of the first ever built by Southern Pacific Railroad Co.