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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
The prosecution makes opening statements in the trial of Sirhan B. Sirhan in the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Out of curiosity, how many Daily Mirror readers would be interested in following his trial? I hadn't planned on it, but it's possible.
Jim Murray and Mormon golfer Bill Casper visit the Joseph Smith farm in New York.
Schaal, a promising young player on some bad Angel teams, had been beaned in 1968 by Boston's Jose Santiago and spent 12 days in the hospital and months trying to get his balance back. The Times' Mitch Chortkoff visited with Schaal as he worked out at Huntington Beach High, readying for the Kansas City Royals' first spring training.
"The count was 0-2. Both pitches were outside curves, but I had swung at one," Schaal said. "I had looked pretty bad. I thought [Santiago] would throw me another one." Schaal said he leaned out over the plate and Santiago threw a fastball.
Schaal's 1968 season actually ended as a pinch-hitter against Boston. "I hit a fly ball to right field and as I ran down the baseline I tried to look at the ball," Schaal said. "Suddenly I began wobbling. That kind of scared me."
"I'm sorry to leave the Angels, but expansion brings a lot of opportunities for ballplayers," he told Chortkoff. "I'm happy to be getting another chance."
-- Keith Thursby
This Lilly Pulitzer outfit from Bullock's Wilshire has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $15.
Good Resolutions Behind Jail Bars
Not all is grim behind the walls of prisons.
The latest edition of the Menard Time -- monthly tabloid put out by inmates of Illinois State Penitentiary -- has as its "Photo Quiz" question of the month:
What resolutions have you made to make 1959 a better year for you?
Among answers was the following from inmate Bill Herrington:
"I shall abstain from richer foodstuffs, concentrating on basic staples such as beans, spuds and frankfurters. I shall abstain from all legal intoxicating beverages.
"I also resolve to discipline my activities by abstaining from boating, water skiing, mountain climbing and hiking."
also moments of levity.
A subtle one came when a small Mexican boy was passed through the clanking door into the cellblock to visit his father.
Tucked into a holster belt strapped around the boy's waist were two very realistic-looking pistols. But the guard didn't even bat an eye at them.
The Americans picked up in the Rosarito Beach gambling raid were the stars of the show -- the privileged class.
They had extra blankets, special food and the services of "runners" -- kids who'd keep them supplied with coffee, cigarettes and other jail luxuries.
They were allowed visitors just about any time of day or night.
But in Cell 5-C was another American, not quite so lucky. His crime, he told me, was running a red light.
He had one thin blanket to keep himself warm. He ate the regular jail fare. He had no errand boys at his disposal, and when his wife and five kids had come to visit him the night before, they were turned away because it was "too late," even though others received visitors afterward.
He called me over to his cell during one of the few quiet moments there.
Jailers Raise Ante
It was his third day in jail, the man told me.
"They said it would take $80 to get me out," he went on. "So my wife borrowed $80 from a friend of hers. Gave away the pink slip on my car.
"But when she brought the money here, they said it was $24 more. I don't know where she's going to get it. Even if she does, they might just boost it up some more."
I asked him how much time he'd have to serve if she couldn't raise the money.
"I don't know," he answered. "They haven't told me. But I imagine it'll be a long time."
Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day. I have to approve all comments, so if you're wrong your guess will be posted, but if you're right, you'll have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights.
This 1959 World Series ticket has been listed on EBay with Buy It Now for $100.
The team already had grossed $1,250,000 in box seat sales for upcoming games at the Coliseum, according to business manager Harold Parrot, who talked to The Times' Jeane Hoffman.
"It's a terrific vote of confidence. And I think Chavez Ravine being settled helped our ticket sales," Parrott said. "People felt they could bear with the Coliseum's drawbacks for one more season."
This guy was some salesman. He apparently asked the Dodgers to move their dugout because "60% of the reserved seats remain on the third-base side instead of behind the Dodger dugout," Hoffman wrote.
The Dodgers turned down that plan and Hoffman, always looking for a chuckle, had an explanation: "Dodger brass felt it would be betraying those who purchased box seats behind first to get a close look at Walt Alston's bald spot."
-- Keith Thursby
Meet Albert Brouse, opera singer, performer in "The Drunkard" and collector of all manner of antiques.
He was active in the Horseless Carriage Club and at one time owned a fleet of early automobiles.
California death records list two men named Albert Brouse, both born in 1906. Albert Anderson Brouse died in 1984. Albert E. Brouse died in 1979. I wonder what became of all this sheet music and early recordings.
The "giant screen television" had a display of 126 square inches and cost $4,529.83 USD 2007.
Joseph L. Mankiewiwicz discusses "A Letter to Three Wives." John Wayne finishes "Three Godfathers," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Wake of the Red Witch."
Gail Russell has "wonderful possibilities," John Wayne says.
"There are several cities that could sustain major baseball -- Montreal, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and others," he said. "But to change the identity or makeup of the present major leagues seems a most difficult task."
Interesting that Rickey first named Montreal, then one of the Dodgers' top minor league cities. Wonder how Walter O'Malley would have answered that question in 1949?
Rickey's official reason for being in town was to check up on the Hollywood Stars. According to the story in The Times, the teams recently signed a working agreement.
"I can't make champions of the Stars overnight," he said. "But I am going to help them all I can. ... Next year Hollywood will be a certain first-division club and a pennant contender right on par with our own two Triple-A teams, Montreal and St. Paul. We have 70 players on the Brooklyn roster right now, which means 30 must go down. Montreal and St. Paul already are pretty well-equipped. So the Stars might surprise this season."
-- Keith Thursby