UCLA Fires Angela Davis; Meet Halo Harry
Rex Harrison and Richard Burton play two hairdressers who live together in "Staircase." No, it's not on Netflix.
Before the Rally Monkey there was Halo Harry.
The Angels didn't have many fans in 1969 but they did have a cheerleader of sorts, a regular guy who got fed up with his fellow fans acting as if they were in a library.
"I just got sick and tired of watching everyone just sit there," Jay Freese told The Times' Dave Distel. So one day he started wearing a straw hat with a halo attached by a wire.
I remember seeing Harry at the Big A, walking through the ballpark trying to get people to clap or cheer, anything. He certainly wasn't an in your face cheerleader, threatening your manhood because you didn't want to help him start The Wave. I hate those guys.
Distel pointed out that Harry seemed to have a winning effect on the team, just as today's Angels broadcasters love to trumpet the Rally Monkey's impact.
He certainly wasn't improving the attendance. A day after the story appeared, the Angels played their final home game in front of only 5,728 people.