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Sports Legend Revealed: A series of fortuitous events turned Harry Heilmann, an 18-year-old bookkeeper, into a baseball Hall of FamerThe Fabulous ForumBASEBALL LEGEND: A series of fortuitous events turned an 18-year-old bookkeeper who had never played organized baseball into a Hall of Famer. STATUS: True. With the fact that both Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, two of the best baseball players......
Los Angeles Times Book CriticWhat is it, Gay Talese is asking, about sports? It occupies a messy, emotional territory in which we embrace, and, just as easily, discard, heroes. "It's not just losing the game," Talese reflects, voice etched with the soft syllables of southern New...
Tags: Immigration, Heroism, Journalism, Frank Sinatra, Minority Groups
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood Jane Leavy Harper: 456 pp., $27.99 As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability — at his best, he was as great as any...
Along the stretch of U.S. highway where I live, there is a small sign announcing that the road has been "adopted" by the John Birch Society. This fringe group of yesteryear -- whose Dallas members distributed commie-baiting "Wanted for Treason" leaflets...
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success"...
Dodger ThoughtsI don't think I've ever reposted this story since it originally ran. It's a column I wrote for SI.com a couple years ago that is about a great many things, but above all else is an appreciation of Vin Scully.Two......
The Daily MirrorSept. 22, 1969: The U.S. tightens inspections at the border as part of Operation Intercept. And hippies gather at Griffith Park. Akron had everything for the swinging bachelor pad -- including armor. Al Capp satirized all sorts of people and popular...
Opinion L.A.This ad isn't a sin of omission -- it's a sin of commission. It's been about 30 years since Joe DiMaggio did his Mr. Coffee commercial. I have always thought it was rather sweet and touching, the way DiMaggio offered a ''fi' dolla rebate,'' and how,...
The Daily MirrorJan. 14, 1952: Hedda Hopper says, âKatharine Hepburn steps up to bat to take lessons from Pinky Woods, star pitcher of the Hollywood Stars. It's for her role of an all-around athlete in 'Pat and Mike,' in which she plays a femme Joe DiMaggio.â...
Jacket CopyOn Tuesday, publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced that it would be publishing Marilyn Monroe's writings in a new book, "Fragments," this fall. "She was a great reader and someone with real writing flair," editor Courtney Hodell told the...
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