Freed U.S. Troops Describe Enemy Torture; Dodgers Lose to Mets
Sept. 3, 1969: Ho Chi Minh is gravely ill -- in fact, he's dead ... the Massachusetts Supreme Court postpones an inquest in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne ... searchers in the Holy Land find the wallet and passport of Dr. James A. Pike, former Episcopal bishop of California ... and a nondupe by Noel Greenwood!
"The Italian Job" starts today!
One panel that will never appear in the legacy version of "Dennis the Menace."
That broke the Dodger record set in 1916 by Zach Wheat, who was 81 in 1969 and had sent Davis a good-luck telegram. It also was one game closer to the National League record of 37 games by Tommy Holmes of the Braves in 1945. The Times didn't even mention Joe DiMaggio's 56-game streak.
Davis didn't get a hit with the game on the line and the Dodgers lost to the Mets, 5-4. "I got my hit at the wrong time," he said. The Dodgers' center fielder came up in 1960 and was with the team through 1973. He went to Montreal in a trade for reliever Mike Marshall, then bounced to Texas, St. Louis and finally the Angels.
As for Wheat, he told the Dodgers' Red Patterson that his streak should have reached 41 games but he "was robbed of a hit by the first-base umpire. I still remember it."
Being on the Dodgers meant there was more than baseball--you could be on TV! Here's a '60s classic with Willie Davis watching Mr. Ed's tryout at Dodger Stadium.
The Buffalo Bills' rookie was heading back to L.A. to play the Rams and said all the right things during an interview with Mal Florence.
" 'I'm really looking forward to it,' said Simpson, making no effort to conceal his enthusiasm. 'In fact everyone on the Buffalo team is looking forward to it. War Memorial Stadium is OK, but there's nothing like the Coliseum. It's synonymous with football. I know I won't have much time there but I still hope to see my friends and get over to USC and visit with the team."
It's hard to find profiles of Simpson from this era that don't include his comments about his plans after football.
"Someday when I retire, I want to come back to L.A. and be just another USC alum--taking in those football games at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoons."