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Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 17, 2006, 1:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Is Blair Field still in Long Beach. That is a very big field. I know the Rams used to practice their. I threw the ball from home plate over the center field fence during a pro tryout their. I think center field was 404'. I also hit a home run there in a CIF game that cleared center field by about 50'. I really like that field.
Back when I was a senior Greg Staffon who was a junior at the time got to go pitch in the bullpen during an Angel game one night. They really wanted to draft him but he was taken before they could get him.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 17, 2006, 1:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: To hit to the opposite field you have to close your stance more. Choking up on the bat helps too.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 11:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: NorCal
Message: Wally Moon mastered the inside out swing to hit to the opposite field. Lead with your hands and let the bat head lag behind. Add a little dip of the rear shoulder to the mix and you have a Moon Shot Made to Order.
How do I collect my pretzels, James?
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 11:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: FYI, not only are Carl and I not related, I don't believe I've ever met the (obvious) gentleman and scholar! If you've ever watched that old "Home Run Derby" program on ESPN Classic (I know, some of you saw it in first run), that was filmed at Wrigley Field Los Angeles. I saw Davy Lopes hit three HRs against the Cubs in Wrigley Field Chicago in 1974.
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 8:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance
Message: Interesting that all this baseball talk started on the very day that pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Our internal calendars at work. I've been waiting since November. I am surprised that of all the Cougars commenting, only Dan Johnson seems to know what's going on. Dodger Stadium is still the standard!! John, as a Dodger fan, I am hoping you will let the following "copy and paste" go through in the spirit of equal time.
February 16, 2006 First Day of Workouts - Josh Rawitch
If the sight of Eric Gagne on the mound doesn't excite Dodger fans, I'm not sure what will. Eric threw a bullpen session today, as did several other Dodgers, including Danys Baez and Derek Lowe. Also on the mound were some of the prospects you've all been hearing a lot about like Chad Billingsley and Justin Orenduff. No one is going full speed just yet, but the pop of the catcher's mitt was a great sound here at Dodgertown. Hundreds of fans were gathered around the "old strings" area, where Dodger greats like Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser used to throw their 'pens, too.
Thanks.....Be true to Your School!
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 8:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Here's a URL for a look-sie at the old Wrigley Field in Los Angeles: http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/wrigla.htm
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 8:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: The Moon shot was named after future John Brown University baseball coach Wally Moon who was obtained from the St. Louis Cards to play left field for the Dodgers. Moon was a right-handed thrower and left-handed hitter [Same as Shoeless Joe Jackson who is portrayed just the opposite in Field of Bologna] became famous for a while hitting home runs over the left field fence at the Coliseum that was only 250 feet away from home plate, the same distance as the fields at Holy Glenn and Prairie Park for all us old middle leaguers but with a 30 foot screen. Left-field is not usually a power field for left-handed hitters but Moon had a technique he used to accomplish always trying to hit the ball to left. Since most of his fly ball home runs were 251 feet and about 60 feet high and with his name hence the Moon shot. So then what did he do to allow him to hit the ball to left field even on inside pitches? First correct answer gets a box of pretzels.
Name: Steve Frasers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 7:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: laguna woods , ca
Message: Glad to see that Glen brought up Wrigley Field. Home of the LA Stars when there was a Pacific Coast League (Minors) in the 50's. I too watched the new expansion team "LA Angels" play there. A replica of Wrigley Field in Chicago, right down to the ivy on the outfield walls. Also the setting for the TV show "Home Run Derby".
And the Dodgers at the Coliseum - what was a "Moon Shot" and why? JB is ineligible to answer because he knows everything. Sorry John
Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 7:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: of Long Beach
Message: To Glenn '64, If Wrigley Field was a ballpark with wooden grandstand, mostly down the rightfield line, between Avalon and San Pedro Streets around Vernon Avenue, it is now a city park.
Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: CORONA CA
Message: Yeah its me I know I missed my Reunion but I'll crash the '76 reunion and pretend its my 30th can't play golf but willing to meet ya'll at the 19th Hole if that's where the Ceremony will take place......haven't seen Annette play golf but I remember she has one heck of a grip......golf ya perverts I'm talking golf......hope to see some of ya
soon won't say when......I always jinx myself but I'm due
to pop up somewhere....kinda like WALDO ok John its time
to show my pic make it my good side eh??? ttfn H1
PS. Oh yeah ROCK STEADY!!!!
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 10:42 am - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: All the talk about baseball stadiums had me thinking about old Gilmore Stadium on the site where the CBS studios stand. Sunday double headers where the first game was only seven innings long (stadium didn't have lights so time was needed to fit two games) and seeing Bobby Bragan getting kicked out of at least one game was always fun. As far as Dodger Stadium is concerned, I always hated that place. Maybe because it was the corporations that had all of the decent field level seats. Right field foul pole was as close to the field as I could ever get.
See you for breakfast at the VFW on Sunday.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 16, 2006, 9:35 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles
Message: This Sunday, February 19, is the VFW Breakfast in Hawthorne. Who all is going?
Name: Glenn ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 8:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: The only Los Angeles Angels games I ever went to were at Wrigley Field, toward Downtown L. A. I'd bet it's covered by a multi-national bank building now, but when they played there, it was a great place to see a ball game. I've never been to Chavez Ravine, only having seen the Bums in the Coliseum. I switched early to track and field, owing to the fact that Chuck Coker, was an alum of Modesto High School, along with my dad and Ron Sevier. Chuck coached the So. Cal Striders for years and trained many world record athletes. He frequently sent over tickets for the Coliseum Relays and the Times Indoor Games; a true treat. I only wish I had the god-given-speed to have excelled in the sport, but alas. Coach Bravo always said I was half fast. HHS benefitted, being one of the first schools to have a Universal Gym, a company for whom, Chuck was their first sales representative. No more peach cans filled with cement on both ends of a piece of galvanized pipe.
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 8:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Well it must be the cheap seats because I've had no problem taking my little girls to the games at Chavez Ravine in the medium price section. And included in better place to go see a game is the difference between the 101 to the Stadium and the 134 to the 5 to Anaheim Stadium (where I saw Pink Floyd in 1977)
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 7:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Wow! What I am reading about good ol' Dodger Stadium is really depressing! I used to go there for at least one game in every homestand from the late '70s to the strike year of 1993. I haven't set foot there since. Looks like I haven't missed much, I'm sorry to say. Back when I still went to both Dodger and Angel games at their respective stadiums, I always felt that Dodger Stadium was more family-friendly price-wise. I remember when parking at Dodger Stadium was $2 while at the same time Anaheim charged $5. The food at Dodger Stadium had lower prices as well. Looks like times haven't changed for the better. No wonder the LAPD has a presence at Chaved Ravine now.
Name: Neil ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 6:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cestview Florida
Message: Dodger Stadium? Funny nobody has yet called it by its other name?CHAVEZ RAVINE, I remember everyone used to call it that back in the day!
Chavez Ravine is very important to the great history of Los Angeles, named for Julian Chavez, one of the first Los Angeles County Supervisors in the 1800s.
In 1949, photographer ....
Name: EL ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Lordy whats happening here. All you class of 62 people turning 62? Jeez, I'm class of 60 and I'm still 62.MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 3:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Dodger Stadium USED TO BE a great place to watch baseball. Like back in 70 and early to late 80's. It was more family oriented and the tradition was still there. If it's anything like what I hear it is then I probably would never go see a game there again. Anaheim is a great and funplace to watch games. Back in 92 to 94 we had a VIP box at Anaheim. I only actually watch a few games from our box. It was the people who ran my company that used it every chance they could. We even sponsored a game once. Anaheim also has the best food. Those chewy cinnamon buns are just unreal. I haven't been there since around 98 or so, so I don't know what's it's like now but I am sure it is still the best in LA. Just allot fo fun there
Name: Scott Beers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 12:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: After reading the comments about Dodger Stadium, I had to write in. I stopped going there after the 2003 season. The same thing is happening there that happened to Magic Mountain in the 80's: they both seem to have been staked out as the turf of inner-city gangs in my opinion. The last time I went to a Dodger game I felt like I was at a juvenile hall reunion, the entire upper deck was overrun by heavy-drinking gang types, looking for fights, language out of control, no respect for those with young children and making threats against those who speak up about their behavior. Security was nowhere in sight. Osama bin Laden will not order an attack on Dodger Stadium, it's already being terrorized. Angel Stadium remains family-friendly. Those sporting the home-boy look are still allowed in, but they're being watched, and escorted out when they act up.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 12:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: C.P. Oregon
Message: Kudos to Gary Bickers for an eloquent eulogy for Ty Goodman - the man who always looked good. Always had the exact bend in the bill of his ball cap when he toed the rubber for the Cougar Nine. He always had a "hay" for use young guys when he was playing pool. R.I.P.
Cheri Longanecker was a better Kim AcAfee than Ann-Margret (my opinion). Dick Boesinger and I were star struck after seeing the HHS production of Bye Bye Birdie in 1964. My nomination for "cool guy from HHS" would be Chet Glenn. And lastly, Seattle is a great Park for baseball, and Oakland is not (my two closest parks) -- but if you don't approve of the game as it is (it's far from perfect) watch wrestling. Lets here it for Bobo Brazil and Mr Moto.
Name: Cindy Whittaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 12:23 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Gig Harbor WA
Message: Cheri Longanecker: Hey Cheri! Come see me at the Light Co. (Peninsula Light Co.) so I can give you some fun freebies before I move to Texas. From one Cougar to another! Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Shannon Keys ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 11:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Rocky Mountains, CO
Message: Cougar Sighting (second-hand from fellow '81' Coug Jeff Olson).
Coach Alex Bravo. All 75 years of him (I?m told), still officiating track meets. In this case, Jeff ?ran? into him at a tri-meet out at the College of the Canyons. I?m told he still
works 20-odd meets a year at the high school/college level and still resides in Manhattan Beach.
My, do the memories of the Bravo "rants" come fresh to mind. Others?
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 15, 2006, 9:07 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: One thing defense lawyers know is that when a plaintiff overreaches on its damages claim, it can have a negative impact on their credibility on the liability issues. When the City of Anaheim put forth a claim of 100s of millions in damages from the use of the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" name, it detracted from their much stronger argument that the new name was a violation of their agreement and they should be compelled to change the name back. Dodger Stadium is a much better place to see a game than Anaheim. Among other things, I saw in person Kirk Gibson's HR in the '88 series, Tony Gwynn with an inside the park grand slam, Fernando Tatis with two grand slams in the same inning off the same pitcher and Steve Finley's grand slam against the Giants to put us back in the playoffs for the first time ages.