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City Workers May Get 5% Raises; Snow Cancels Dodgers Opener, April 11, 1959

April 11, 2009 |  8:00 am



On the cover, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon predict a Republican victory in the 1960 presidential election. The country is "squarely behind our efforts to block excess spending and to keep the federal budget in balance," Nixon says.

At left, relatives are looking for Dennis Farrell, a hermit who lives in Griffith Park. Farrell, who has been sleeping in a cave near the Observatory, is being sought by his brother and father, who want him to come home to Nebraska.

And a curious story about Officer Marion D. Hoover, who shot Ramon Adolfo Vega Jr. in the head after Vega stabbed him during a chase through Hollenbeck Heights. Stay tuned on that one.

 Hey! It's "zany insult artist" Don Rickles!

1959_0411_sports The Dodgers and Cubs had a snow day instead of an opening day.

Game-time temperature in Chicago was a balmy 32 degrees, more suitable to the Bears and Rams playing, The Times' Frank Finch pointed out.

Finch apparently didn't expect bad weather: "Our hastily gathered wardrobe today included topcoat by Klippstein, gloves by Becker and insulation by Daniels [Jack, that is]."

Amazing that would make it into a story.

The Dodgers lost the season opener the following day to the Cubs, 6-1, the only Los Angeles run coming on a home run by losing pitcher Don Drysdale. Bob Anderson, who had been a relief pitcher for the Pacific Coast League Angels, was the winning pitcher for the Cubs.

--Keith Thursby