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Elizabeth Taylor to Marry; Dodger Sent Back to the Minors, April 3, 1959

April 3, 2009 |  6:00 am


A new report by the House Un-American Activities Committee finds communists are going underground and are planning a new assault on California. 


At left, a nice, straight feature by Art Buchwald. He was a pretty fair writer when he wasn't trying to be funny.
"Green Mansions" opens in L.A.
"Leapin' Lizards!"

Photograph by Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Art Rogers used such a slow shutter speed that Bilko's bat disappeared!

1959_0403_sports  The Dodgers shipped Steve Bilko back to the minor leagues and the big guy didn't take it well.

Bilko had been a home run legend in minor league Los Angeles, hitting 148 home runs from 1955-57 for the Pacific Coast League Angels in Wrigley Field. But he failed to make Walter Alston's roster cuts for the 1959 season.

"I came to camp in the best shape I've been in for years," Bilko said. "I didn't get much of a chance." Bilko also mad that no other big-league team wanted his services.

The slugger eventually returned to the majors with Detroit and got one more chance in the big leagues with Los Angeles--the expansion Angels.

--Keith Thursby