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Los Angeles Coliseum is dangerous, Rams coach says, August 24, 1958



1958_august_24_sports By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

The Rams blamed baseball for an injury to one of their players.

Ron Waller separated his shoulder when he was tackled on the baseball infield during the second half kickoff of the Rams' 38-10 exhibition victory over the New York Giants.

The Times' Cal Whorton wrote: "Coach Sid Gillman of the Rams was outspoken yesterday about the dangers of having his expensive cargo of moleskinners out there exposing themselves to the perils of the concrete hard infield."

There wasn't much detail in the story, other than Whorton reporting that the team's general manager, future NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, blamed the injury on where Waller was tackled.

Waller had suffered a similar injury the previous season and missed several games. Waller, a halfback, played in 10 games for the Rams in 1958 but was out of football the following season. He ended his career in Los Angeles in 1960 playing for the Chargers.

keith.thursby@latimes.com

 
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