Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Other Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field in Chicago celebrates its 100th anniversary this year to great fanfare while the site of the original Wrigley Field in Los Angeles goes unnoticed by the people using the senior citizens center and recreational area that took its place after the storied ballpark was demolished in 1969. The L.A. Wrigley was called the […]

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Baseball and Life

The telephone line went dead seconds into the WBKV-AM Morning Show interview with Gaylon White, author of The Bilko Athletic Club. At the end of the West Bend, Wisconsin, radio program, host Jesse Averill apologized for the technical problems. “No problem, that’s life,” White replied. Earlier in the interview Averill said: “To me, this book […]

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Bilko and Hurdle Linked by History

Steve Bilko, the star of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels and namesake for the book, The Bilko Athletic Club, will always be connected to Clint Hurdle, the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, by the March 20, 1978 edition of Sports Illustrated. Hurdle was featured on SI’s cover in a Kansas City Royals uniform, a happy, […]

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Memories of Bilko

Almost everybody in the meeting room at the Huntington Beach, California, Public Library had fond memories of Steve Bilko when he played for the Los Angeles Angels in the old Pacific Coast League (PCL).  The occasion was the 29th annual PCL Historical Society and one of the topics for discussion was The Bilko Athletic Club, […]

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When Numbers Lie

When Steve Bilko was asked what he weighed during the 1955-57 seasons he was blasting home runs a la Babe Ruth for the Los Angeles Angels in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), he politely answered, “Somewhere between 200 and 300 pounds.” It will always be a mystery how much Bilko weighed in 1957 when he […]

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