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This Dodger Plays Like a Kid; Moonwalking on the Angels

July 21, 2009 |  8:00 am


July 21, 1969, Picket

July 21, 1969: "First, the picket who you sent to the hospital wasn't a student! He had no reason to be on this campus -- except to stir up trouble!"

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July 21, 1969, Sports The Dodgers' youth movement was led by a youngster of 36.

Maury Wills continued to play like a kid in his second stint with the Dodgers, hitting safely in his 14th consecutive game. The Times' John Wiebusch noted that it was the Dodgers' longest hitting streak since 1965, when Wills hit in 20 games in a row

Not all the Dodgers were doing so well, as they lost to the Giants, 7-3, to fall into second place.

"I've never felt better," Wills said. "My legs are strong and my reactions are good. But it is the same as before. Personal things mean little if the team is losing."

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Baseball couldn't compete with a moon walk.

The Angels split a doubleheader against Oakland that was sprinkled with historic moments. None of them happened on the field, however.

Rick Monday was hitting for Oakland in the second inning when the game was stopped and a message flashed on the Big A scoreboard: "We have landed on the moon."

Many of the fans at Anaheim Stadium took the message and headed home early.

"The second game ended five minutes before Apollo 11 astronauts began preparations for their unprecedented walk on the moon," The Times' Mitch Chortkoff wrote. "In anticipation of the event, however, all but about 3,000 spectators departed the ballpark before the second game ended."

That's one small step for man, one giant leap out of the ballpark.

--Keith Thursby

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