Monthly Archives: December 2013

Daring to Dream

We’re kids once and only for awhile So follow your dreams, and do it with style. The worst part about being a kid is growing up. Few of our childhood dreams make it past grade school. They often are pooh-poohed by parents and teachers and eventually abandoned to cope with the harsh realities of adult […]

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A Christmas Story

As a former catcher, manager Bob “Grump” Scheffing liked having a few grizzled veteran pitchers around to balance the inexperience of the kid phenoms on the 1956 Los Angeles Angels pitching staff.  Marino “Chick” Pieretti, a 35-year-old right hander with six years in the majors under his belt, was ideal for the job.  Pieretti won […]

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The Great, Good and the Ugly

The three autographed baseballs are a throwback to the past when baseball cards were five cents a pack and sports memorabilia was treasured for its sentimental value, not financial. They belonged to Raymond “Moe” Bauer, a left-handed relief pitcher for the 1955 and 1956 Los Angeles Angels and 1957 Portland Beavers. The baseballs are signed […]

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Of Bilko, Konerko and Wilhelm

“You know who reminds me of Steve Bilko?” Asking the question was Dean Chance, winner of 128 major-league games and the Cy Young Award in 1964 when he led the American League in wins (20), innings pitched (278 1/3) and earned run average (1.65), the latter still a record for the Angels franchise. Chance was […]

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