U.S. Sent Planes to Attack N. Korea; Angels' New GM, March 21, 1969
You may never need to glue a piano to the wall ... but isn't it nice to
know that you could?
Dodgers fans crammed together on the long, hard benches of the Coliseum, 1959.
"It was January and the Dodgers had moved to Los Angeles but they had no ballpark. Walter O'Malley was dickering for the Rose Bowl, for Wrigley Field and for the Coliseum," Harold Parrott said. "That's what I call a real problem for a ticket manager."
Things worked out, of course, and Parrott the ticket manager was onto a new challenge by 1969, selling tickets in Seattle for the expansion Pilots in a makeshift former minor league ballpark. Parrott, who also worked for the Angels in Anaheim, had vivid memories of the early days in Los Angeles.
"It was 100 degrees some days in the Coliseum and the people would drop like flies," he told The Times' Mitch Chortkoff. "The seats were long hard benches. They were for skinny people. We had to eliminate every fifth one to give the fans some comfort.
"Yessir, we had problems but we licked them."
Parrott was typically optimistic about Seattle's potential, but the Pilots' future turned out to be in Milwaukee where they moved and became the Brewers.
Jim Murray visited the Angels in Palm Springs and filed a sharp portrait of the team's new general manager, who grew up in the Dodger organization.
"Dick Walsh will not have to be shown a baseball or told which way a guy runs when he hits a fair ball. Walsh put in nearly 20 years at the toughest apprenticeship a man can have in the grand old game--he worked under Branch Rickey and he was Walter O'Malley's 'No' man," Murray wrote.
"Dick became O'Malley's tough guy at City Hall and in the delicate first years of the Dodgers' pioneering, handling elections, building permits, city planning meetings. Any night, you could see him prowling the Coliseum and later Dodger Stadium, wearing dark glasses and carrying a walkie-talkie. 'I was the heavy,' he admits today, 'but it was fantastic experience.'
Murray had fun with Walsh's plan for a "multimillion- dollar infield" which didn't come to pass but he seemed to think Walsh's background might save an Angels franchise that stalled after some promising first seasons.