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Police Kill Man Mistaken for Freeway Sniper! A Dodger Returns

June 12, 2009 |  8:00 am
June 12, 1969, Question

"What Are We Going to Do With the Pair of You?"

June 12, 1969, Manning

Bishop Timothy Manning of Fresno is coming to Los Angeles. After his death in 1989, he will be repeatedly cited in allegations that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles covered up priests' sexual abuse cases. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Manning had no written guidelines for handling reports of molestation.
June 12, 1969, Cover

A witness says police searching for a freeway sniper killed Donald Lee Oughton without giving him a chance. During the incident, Kennedy apparently shot O'Malley in the hand, The Times said.

Oughton had a speech impediment and was believed to have been reaching for a card explaining his disability when he was killed. The coroner's jury split on the verdict, with two members saying the death was the result of criminal action.

The district attorney declined to charge Officers Norman O'Malley and Henry Kennedy, calling the death "tragic and regrettable." His mother brought a $1-million suit against the city of Los Angeles, but The Times never reported the outcome. 

July 8, 1964, Maury Wills Photograph by Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

June 12, 1964: Willie Davis jumps out of the way as Maury Wills tries to steal home in the 7th inning. Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver makes the tag. The umpre is Ed Vargo.

Nov. 1, 1965, Maury Wills Times file photo
Nov. 1, 1965: Abbe Lane and Maury Wills -- with banjo.

Maury Wills was back with the Dodgers.

"I can't describe this feeling. It is the Dodger blue, this No. 30," said Wills, acquired from the Montreal Expos along with Manny Mota for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich.

The deal had been rumored for some time as Wills struggled in Montreal. He got into a scuffle with a reporter, then decided to retire and then un-retired. "My greatest regret in leaving Montreal is that I never did show them how I could play the game. I'm sorry about that ... but I will not let Los Angeles down, you can be sure of it," he said.

Wills had become a star in the Dodgers' early years in Los Angeles, a six-time all star and the National League's most valuable player in 1962 largely because of his then-record 104 stolen bases. He even played the banjo and made appearances on TV and in clubs. But he was traded after the 1966 season when he left the team without permission during a trip to Japan. He played two seasons in Pittsburgh and then was taken by Montreal in the expansion draft.

He had a solid season back in L.A., hitting .297 with 25 stolen bases in 104 games.

--Keith Thursby