Category Archives: Sports

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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Wikipedia vs. Joe Streater

Thanks to Earl Boebert for pointing us to this one. From Awfulannouncing.com: For years, [Joe] Streater has been falsely linked with one of the greatest scandals in the history of college sports. Streater was 100% not involved in the point … Continue reading

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Carlos Valdez Lozano: L.A., Friday Night

Paramount Ballroom, 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., via Google Street View.   Note: Here’s a post from my Times colleague Carlos Valdez Lozano about an adventure he had with the late George Ramos and former Times reporter Robert J. Lopez. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Play ball! Motion Picture Studios Play Baseball

The Selig baseball team, courtesy of the Collections of the Margaret Herrick Library Long before there was radio, television, the Internet, social media, computer games or rotisserie leagues, major league baseball dominated the American landscape. For decades, it filled newspaper … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Constance Bennett Visits ‘Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel,’ March 17, 1944

March 17, 1944 It’s Friday in 1944 and today we have: — Andy finally located Madam Queen in “The Amos ‘N’ Andy Show.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Constance Bennett is the guest on “Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel.” Courtesy of Otrrlibrary.org … Continue reading

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