The Daily Mirror

Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

« Previous Post | The Daily Mirror Home | Next Post »

Airliner Plunges Into N.Y. River; Dodgers Sign Contracts, February 4, 1959

1959_0204_cover
The Times put out an extra, but the runover page wasn't microfilmed. All we have is the cover.  Notice that Gov. Pat Brown is opposed to a state lottery.
1959_0204_inn Inn_of_sixth

"Evil Woman" Ingrid Bergman pretends she doesn't know she's attractive in "Inn of the Sixth Happiness."


1959_0204_rally

Also opening in the theaters, "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys," with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward .... And I should note a concert conducted by Robert Craft of music by Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varese.

1959_0204_sports There wasn't much news in the announcement that new Dodger Wally Moon had signed his contract. No figures were announced and Frank Finch's short story didn't even speculate on an amount.

But the story was one of several in February that together showed how the Dodgers were rebuilding and in the process changing from the Boys of Summer to the Lads of Los Angeles.

There was a bigger headline Feb. 1 after Gil Hodges signed his contract because it involved a pay cut from his 1958 salary of $36,000. Finch called Hodges "a self-admitted psychological victim of the Coliseum's Bamboo Curtain" even though he tied with Charlie Neal for the club lead in home runs.

Another veteran Dodger, Carl Erskine, signed for $17,000, The Times reported on Feb. 13. He would have to fight for a job after a 4-4 record in 1958.

Two other stories updated the careers of up-and-coming Dodgers. Jim Gilliam got a raise to about $22,000. Gilliam had been the subject of trade rumors during the winter after leading the Dodgers in games played. And the Sherry brothers, pitcher Larry and catcher Norm, signed their deals for 1959.

--Keith Thursby

 
Post a comment
If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.
Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In





Comments (1)

Look again at the front page -- lower right hand corner. Biggest news of all that day with 50 years of hindsight -- the crash of the plane that carried Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper the day before.


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...



Recent Posts
The Daily Mirror Is Moving |  June 16, 2011, 2:42 am »
Movieland Mystery Photo |  June 11, 2011, 9:26 am »
Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated] |  June 11, 2011, 8:06 am »
Found on EBay 1909 Mayor's Race |  June 9, 2011, 2:33 pm »


Categories


Archives