Kidnappers Threaten to Kill U.S. Diplomat; Angels Blank Chisox
September 5, 2009 | 6:00 am
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.
"A Mexican-American Looks at Himself." It would be interesting to know more about the show.
"It Was Sort of -- Ugh -- Creepy!"
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."
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.