Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Season in Paradise

In late March 1956, Mary Bilko met Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jeane Hoffman at Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field for an interview. It was Mrs. Bilko’s first visit to L.A. where her husband, Steve, was on his way to becoming a celebrity as big as any in nearby Hollywood. Steve was making a home run derby […]

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North to Alaska

Gale “Windy” Wade had been down this road before. He was the center-fielder for the Chicago Cubs to open the 1955 and 1956 seasons. Each time he ended up back in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels. The Cubs wanted to see him play the last two weeks of the ’56 season – sort of a […]

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Angel Annie, the Voice of Wrigley Field

Her real name was Roberta King but she was best known as “Angel Annie.” She had a shouting voice described as “somewhere between a police siren and a dynamite explosion,” earning her the nicknames of “The Voice of Wrigley Field,”  “The Human Siren” and “The Screech.” Over a 35-year period Angel Annie attended approximately 5,000 […]

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The House Bilko & Buzz Bombed

The two-story apartment house is still standing, now enclosed by a tall white wrought iron fence.  More wrought iron protects the front doors. The windows are unprotected except for two trees in the front yard. Good thing Steve Bilko and James “Buzz” Clarkson are no longer launching missiles from Wrigley Field across the street.   […]

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