Above, Twiggy begins a U.S. tour.
By Keith Thursby
Times Staff Writer
One game in L.A. and Wilt Chamberlain already felt like a hero in his new home.
"I guess it is mainly because of my size and strength but to most basketball fans I have been mostly a villain," Chamberlain told The Times' Dan Hafner. "It would appear that things here in Los Angeles are going to be different."
Chamberlain led the Lakers to a 117-95 victory over the San Francisco Warriors at the Forum. It was only an exhibition, but the early reviews were very positive.
"The fans really enjoyed watching the big man," Hafner wrote. "They cheered wildly when he made a free throw. But they received their biggest kick when Chamberlain grabbed a rebound and started dribbling up court."
Wilt would average 21 rebounds and 20.5 points per game during the regular season, which on the powerful Lakers would make him only the third scorer behind Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
Hafner made an interesting point in his game story: "Instant hero worship is a malady native to Los Angeles sports fans. For many years in just about every sport L.A. fans have had their heroes and they have been treated in the manner of kings." Manny Ramirez, meet Wilt Chamberlain.
Hafner predicted stardom for another Laker, former USC standout Bill Hewitt.
"He has the moves of Baylor and combines quickness and jumping ability, two essentials for a pro star," Hafner wrote. Hewitt averaged only 7.2 points a game in 1968-69 and the next year was traded to Detroit for forward Happy Hairston, who became a starter on the Lakers' 1971-72 championship team.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Poland demands share of Czechoslovakia
More than 1 million Polish troops are poised to invade. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gives the British the Munich agreement and his pledge with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler that Britain and Germany "never will go to war with one another again."
Reginald Owen replaces Lionel Barrymore in MGM's "A Christmas Carol."
Coming soon to a theater near you...
Above, "The Tingler," 1959.
|Oct. 31, 2008, 8 p.m. Silent Movie Theatre. Tickets $12.|
Los Angeles Times file photo
Our actress had a long career on Broadway and appeared in silent and sound films as well as on television. She is listed in imdb (more than 50 credits) and Wikipedia.|
Update: We have the correct answer from Gregory Moore
Update 2: Ack! I went too fast. Gregory Moore guessed right. Gleg Clancey, alas, was wrong (but a good guess). Forgive my confusion over two Gregs, whom I was e-mailing at the same time!
Our mystery actress is Mary Boland, who appeared in "The Women," among many other films. How did Moore recognize her? He explains: "We're both from Detroit."
Above, Alabama Gov. George Wallace plans a TV appearance for his presidential campaign.
By Keith Thursby
Times Staff Writer
The Rams moved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Cleveland. The Rams broke open the game in the fourth quarter and the Browns couldn't do anything on offense.
Players of the game: The Ram defense. A headline in The Times put it this way: "Rams' Defense So Good It Makes Game Dull."
Paragraph of the game: From The Times' Mal Florence: "Although the Ram offense didn't turn killer until late in the game, it had gratifying moments."
Quote of the game: "I think it's very exciting. The crowd is large and the halftime show was excellent. I just went out for two hot dogs and best of all, today they were hot," said Cleveland owner Art Modell, asked if the game had been the dullest afternoon he had spent in football.
Agreement hands Czech territory to Nazis
Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign a compromise that is given to Czechoslovakia. If the nation refuses to accept being partitioned, it would stand alone against a German invasion.
Cary Grant is reading the script for "Dodge City" as a replacement for Errol Flynn in a cast that includes Olivia de Havilland and Victor Jory.
Photograph by Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times
Orel Hershiser pitches for the Dodgers against Cincinnati, April 14, 2000.
|By Keith Thursby |
Times Staff Writer
Twenty years ago, I witnessed an important moment in Dodger history. Good thing they don't need me as an expert witness to recall every detail of the occasion.
Orel Hershiser broke Don Drysdale's major league record for consecutive scoreless innings by pitching 10 innings against the San Diego Padres. I was in the stands that night. Mitch, my high school friend and a lifelong Dodger fan, was alongside. He was in San Diego County for a seminar, so perhaps I was the one who needed convincing that the drive would be worth it. Since Hershiser needed 10 innings to pass Drysdale, we didn't expect to see history that night.
Nevertheless, we were there. Maybe the memories are vague because I wasn't much of a Dodger fan, or because the game was in San Diego and there wasn't the sense of hometown drama. After all, what Padre fan would want one Dodger to break the record of another?
Were Mitch's memories any better than mine? "I don't think the Padre fans were aware of the record because the PA didn't make a big deal of it until it was done," Mitch wrote in an e-mail. "I remember us changing seats as the park emptied out and we got closer to the Dodger dugout."
San Diego's stadium was then called San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, after a local sportswriter, of all things. Homey it was not -- it's one of those dual-purpose stadiums that really don't fit baseball or football very well. And once the game hit extra innings, many Dodger fans headed north and locals headed home. By the 16th inning, we had great seats since most of them had been vacated.
I certainly recalled that the game went extra innings, but it didn't seem like 16 until I looked up the game story from The Times. I didn't recall that Hershiser needed four outs in the 10th to get the record because he struck out Marvell Wynne but the pitch bounced in front of, then over, catcher Mike Scioscia. One thing I have remembered all these years was the name Mark Parent, the journeyman catcher who homered off the Dodgers' Ricky Horton to give the Padres a 2-1 victory. Maybe I had his baseball card once. But I had forgotten completely that the Dodgers scored in the top of the inning to take a 1-0 lead.
What does this all mean, other than my middle-age memory is pretty sad? I always chuckle when I see sports fans -- often actors -- on nostalgic television shows recall the exact day they first were taken to Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden. Me? Couldn't tell you my first Angels, Dodgers or Rams game. I do recall one Notre Dame-USC game only because it was raining and I got hit on the head by the umbrella of a happy Irish fan. Is it really important to remember the details as a fan? As my friend Mitch put it at the end of his e-mail: "It's pretty cool to say we were there."
Some of my fondest sports memories are like that, a game where timing and luck made for a memorable experience. Seeing Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run (against the Dodgers) just because we happened to be in San Francisco for a vacation. Seeing Manny Ramirez's first game as a Dodger just because we bought discounted tickets two weeks in advance.
And seeing the Padres and Dodgers on the night Mark Parent became a name I wouldn't forget.
Clark Kerr becomes head of the University of California.
Times Staff Writer
The Rams opened the 1958 season with a last-minute 30-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns at the Coliseum. Lou Groza kicked a nine-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play.
Players of the game: Fumbles by quarterback Bill Wade and running back Jon Arnett led to Cleveland scores.
Paragraph of the game: From The Times' Cal Whorton: "It was a truly bitter defeat for the pro-Ram crowd of 69,993 to take. Going into the final period the Rams led 27-14. But those pesky Browns, a team known in grid circles as a club that never beats itself, was not to be denied."
Quote of the game: "Go over and pep him up. He's blaming himself for the whole thing," said Rams Coach Sid Gillman, motioning to a reporter to talk to Arnett.