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Kidnappers Threaten to Kill U.S. Diplomat; Angels Blank Chisox

September 5, 2009 |  6:00 am
Sept. 5, 1969, Cover
Sept. 5, 1969: "Communist terrorists who kidnapped U.S. ambassador Charles Burke Elbrick Thursday and demanded that Brazil release 15 political prisoners as the price for his life said he would be 'executed' within 48 hours ... if the government failed to comply." In the end, the prisoners were flown to Mexico and Elbrick was freed ... and a nondupe on strained racial relations in the military.

Sept. 5, 1969, Military Racism

"A white boy will dance with a Negro girl and nothing will be said," says David Wingate, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant now living
in Oceanside. "But the moment a black boy dances with a white girl, the situation changes 180 degrees. There are not enough Negro girls here for the black guys."

Sept. 5, 1969, Leisure World

"Condominium manors" at Rossmoor Leisure World.

Sept. 5, 1969, Mexican American

"A Mexican-American Looks at Himself." It would be interesting to know more about the show.

Sept. 5, 1969 Military Racism  
"There are some guys who are 'sorta' militant -- both black and white -- and then you run into some guys who are OK. They get along, but it's the feeling on the inside that you don't know."
Sept. 5, 1969, Tobacco
Tobacco companies cancel their ads in the New York Times over a requirement that they carry a warning.  Notice the spelling "cigaret."

Sept. 5, 1969, Comics
"It Was Sort of -- Ugh -- Creepy!"

Sept. 5, 1969, Sports The struggling Angels already were talking about next season and what trades they could make.

Of course, they were mostly talking nonsense.

The Times published a story suggesting that the Angels' best pitcher, Andy Messersmith, could be traded for Boston's Carl Yastrzemski, who won the Triple Crown in 1967 and was headed to a 40-home run season in 1969. One call to Boston should have made this a non-story.

"Our most saleable items are our young pitchers," General Manager Dick Walsh told Al Carr, who noted that with the Angels 25 games out of first place, "no one on the club was untouchable."

You think?

Yaz stayed in Boston, hit .329 with 40 more home runs in 1970 and finished in the Hall of Fame.

Messersmith won 20 games for the Angels in 1971 and eventually was sent to the Dodgers in a huge deal that included Frank Robinson and Bobby Valentine coming to Anaheim.

--Keith Thursby