Aug. 19, 1970: The Dodgers were saved by a pitcher described as "23, right-handed and super cool."
Sandy Vance pitched a five-hitter to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2. The Times' John Wiebusch, who gave Vance the "super cool" label, said Vance wasn't Manager Walt Alston's first or even second choice to fill in as a starter. But Alston was impressed.
"He's going to be a good one," Alston said. "He has remarkable concentration and he's a much improved pitcher."
Speaking of Alston, longtime baseball official Frank Lane predicted his eventual successor with the Dodgers' would be minor league manager Tom Lasorda.
-- Keith Thursby