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Lefty Gets Fired

Jan. 31, 1970, Lefty Phillips

Jan 31, 1970: Lefty Phillips was fired--the radio personality, not the Angels' manager.

KMPC decided to cancel the Lefty Phillips Show, which The Times' radio critic Don Page thought was a terrible idea. Not that the Phillips show was good radio.

"Some critics called Phillips' show a disaster--and it was," Page wrote. "It was a colorful, beautiful, charming, unequaled disaster."

This, after all, was the man who said the Angels "were going to improve every phrase of their game."

--Keith Thursby

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