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Chessman's Execution Upheld; Drysdale Throws Perfect Innings

July 8, 2009 |  8:00 am


July 8, 1959: The state Supreme Court upholds Caryl Chessman's death sentence. A fire breaks out at the compressor plant at Kanola and Fullerton roads in Union Oil's drilling field.

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Kanola and Fullerton via Google maps' street view.

July 8, 1959, Sports Don Drysdale was the starting pitcher in the National League's 5-4 victory over the AL at Pittsburgh. He pitched three perfect innings and edged Willie Mays for the honors as the game's top player.

Drysdale struck out Nellie Fox, Al Kaline, Rocky Colavito and pitcher Early Wynn.

Mays' triple made the difference in the eighth inning off the Yankees' Whitey Ford.

The all-stars would visit Los Angeles later in the summer, since 1959 was the first of baseball's short-lived experiment with two all-star games each season.

--Keith Thursby