Category Archives: Sports

Black L.A. 1947: Hitting the Nightspots With ‘The Owl’

Eight black athletes are trying out for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. July 31, 1947: “The Owl,” the Sentinel’s nightlife columnist, visited the clubs, noting that the high prices of food and rent were taking a … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: No Room on Athletes Plane for UCLA Track Star Lloyd LaBeach

Berman’s has the new “Rugby Lounge” suit. Only $65 ($737.81 in 2018 dollars). July 24, 1947: L.A. Sentinel columnist Edward Robinson has the story of UCLA track star Lloyd LaBeach, born in Panama to Jamaican parents, who came to Los … Continue reading

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July 16, 1907: New Restrictions on Boxing

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 16, 1907 Los Angeles Under continued lobbying from the Church Federation, the city attorney is preparing new restrictions on prizefighting that local promoters say will kill the sport. “The new ordinance … Continue reading

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June 24, 1947: Death in the Ring — Sugar Ray Robinson and Jimmy Doyle

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. For the rest of his life, Sugar Ray Robinson was haunted by that eighth round in Cleveland. Haunted by the hard left to the jaw of … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: John Thomas Trains at Main Street Gym for Bout With Enrique Bolanos at Wrigley Field

May 8, 1947: John Thomas begins training at the Main Street Gym for the California State lightweight championship match at Wrigley Field on June 3. Before being drafted into the Army, Thomas was an impressive young fighter and was scheduled … Continue reading

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May 4-6, 1907: Barney Oldfield’s Green Dragon Blazes Through Los Angeles

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. What is it about Angelenos that as soon as you put them behind the wheel of a car, they want to see how fast it will go? But it’s true. Great-grandpa was, … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947, Jackie Robinson Joins Dodgers

  April 17, 1947: Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers is Page 1 news in the Sentinel…. … And on the cover of the sports section in the Los Angeles Times – and no picture or even a Page 1 … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: Animator George Pal Sponsors Youth Basketball Team

Feb. 27, 1947: The Sentinel never wrote anything further about the Newton Pals basketball team. The team members were listed as Charles Ward, Louis Augistine, Marion Person, Charles Davis, Henry Morrison, Aroyce Robinson, Ralph Swere, Roland Bundice and James Howard. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Dodgers Organization Signs 3 More Negro League Stars

Feb. 6, 1947: Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey Sr. signs three more stars of the Negro baseball league: Monty (Monte) Irvin and Larry Doby of the Newark Eagles and Bus Clarkson, formerly of the Philadelphia Stars who most recently played … Continue reading

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Jan. 17, 1947: Big Bill Tilden Gets Jail for Morals Case Involving Teenage Boy

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 17, 1947: William (Big Bill) Tilden, 54-year-old internationally known tennis star, yesterday was sentenced to serve nine months in the County Jail with a road gang recommendation … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Buddy Young — First African American to Score a Touchdown in the Rose Bowl

A 1947 Rose Bowl program, listed on EBay, with bids starting at $10.50.   Jan. 1, 1947: On the program’s cover, the players are white… … but the Sentinel’s sports section highlights five African Americans playing in the Rose Bowl: … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. I picked up “The Big Picture,” Melba Levick and Stanley Young’s 1988 book about Los Angeles murals, not realizing what a terribly sad book it would be. As Young notes: “Most artists … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Tennis Club, Society Racket

  The Los Angeles Tennis Club, Modern Screen, 1931-32.     Long a favorite activity of high society, tennis has been a way to fashionably exercise and enjoy time with friends for centuries. Los Angeles “in crowd” flocked to tennis, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Crazylegs’ Salutes Elroy Hirsch and the Los Angeles Rams

An image of Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, scanned from a negative listed on EBay at $24.99. Los Angeles is currently experiencing the second coming of its professional football team, the Los Angeles Rams, who first arrived in town in 1946 and … Continue reading

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Olympics: Scenes From the 1932 Los Angeles Games

Several years ago, I bought a group of German images showing the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games seemed like a good time to share them.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: James Davies – Paramount’s Physical Culturist to the Stars

James Davies, left, gives Buster Crabbe a rubdown in “Search for Beauty,” with Robert Armstrong, right. Photo courtesy of Mary Mallory    American culture has seen each decade popularize certain fashion styles and body types, some of which fade quickly … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Steve ‘Broken Nose’ Murphy Slays Them in the Movies

  Steve “Broken Nose” Murphy” in “Sherlock Jr.”       Some people succeed in films because of great notoriety, talent, or beauty. Others flourish because of unusual skill or looks, such as Steve “Broken Nose” Murphy. A stand out … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Babe Comes Home’ Ushers in Baseball Season

Babe Ruth in “Babe Comes Home,” Motion Picture News. Play ball! This week sees the start of another baseball season in the United States, once the most popular pastime of average Americans and considered as American as motherhood and apple … Continue reading

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Golfing in the Crenshaw District, 1940s

    A matchbook from Crenshaw Fairways, 3901 S. Crenshaw Blvd., has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $1.25.

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Wikipedia Strikes Again: Madison Bumgarner Edition

This entry on Madison Bumgarner has been fixed. But that it happened at all illustrates one of the main weaknesses of Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone. Via Romenesko. The apparent vandal, 70.121.231.64, can be geolocated to either Kansas … Continue reading

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