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Opening Statements in Sirhan Trial; Injured Angel Makes Comeback, February 14, 1969

February 14, 2009 |  8:00 am
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The prosecution makes opening statements in the trial of Sirhan B. Sirhan in the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Out of curiosity, how many Daily Mirror readers would be interested in following his trial? I hadn't planned on it, but it's possible.
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"Kennedy must be assassinated
before June 5." And the May Co.
opens a Carlsbad store.
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A Democratic group supports Councilman Tom Bradley in his race against Mayor Sam Yorty.
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Michael Sarne's "Joanna" at the Fox Village in Westswood.


At left, Kevin Thomas interviews Vincent Minnelli, who is directing "On a Clear Day" with Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand. Above, a clip from "Bullitt," playing at the Pix Theatre, Hollywood near Vine. Love the sound of those engines!   
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Jim Murray and Mormon golfer Bill Casper visit the Joseph Smith farm in New York.

1969_0214_sports Baseball's expansion years are perfect times for comeback stories. Former Angel third baseman Paul Schaal was one of those players hoping for a fresh start.

Schaal, a promising young player on some bad Angel teams, had been beaned in 1968 by Boston's Jose Santiago and spent 12 days in the hospital and months trying to get his balance back. The Times' Mitch Chortkoff visited with Schaal as he worked out at Huntington Beach High, readying for the Kansas City Royals' first spring training.

"The count was 0-2. Both pitches were outside curves, but I had swung at one," Schaal said. "I had looked pretty bad. I thought [Santiago] would throw me another one." Schaal said he leaned out over the plate and Santiago threw a fastball.

Schaal's 1968 season actually ended as a pinch-hitter against Boston. "I hit a fly ball to right field and as I ran down the baseline I tried to look at the ball," Schaal said. "Suddenly I began wobbling. That kind of scared me."

1969_0214_schaal_runover The Angels let him go in the expansion draft. His best season in Kansas City statistically was 1971 with 11 home runs and a .274 average. He finished his career in 1974 with the Angels.

"I'm sorry to leave the Angels, but expansion brings a lot of opportunities for ballplayers," he told Chortkoff. "I'm happy to be getting another chance."

-- Keith Thursby

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