Tag Archive: Baseball

Feb 13

Remembering Kaz Ikeda

Kaz Ikeda is the Farm Bureau's Agriculturist of the Year award recipient. He was photographed in his front yard which overlooks much of the land his family has farmed for about 70 years.
©The Tribune/Robert Dyer

South county lost a patriarch of agriculture and community service on Feb. 11, 2013. Bill Morem is writing a story to be published in the Tribune tomorrow and soon on Sanluisobipso.com. Leslie E. Stevens wrote this biography published in the Tribune July 28, 2000. Rooted in community Arroyo Grande farmer recognized for lifetime of volunteerism …

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Sep 13

Baseball ain’t like it used to be

Opening day. All you have to do is say the words and you feel the shutters thrown wide, the room air out, the light pour in. In baseball, no other day is so pure with possibility. No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment. No hangover, at least until the game’s over. —Mary Schmich …

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Jul 04

Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson baseball contracts 1917

Ty Cobb, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Frank Baker were all part of this All-Star baseball salary chart from 1917.

Listen to sports talk radio and perennial themes come up like: Which athlete is worth more? Your great-grandfather was arguing this one. This story ran on a feature page complete with graphic complete with a giant dollar sign and floating heads. Bonus points if you can come up with the first names and teams of …

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Feb 10

Dunnigan’s Grammar School Baseball Nine, Leonard collection

Dunnigan's baseball nine, who are they? Children's baseball team from the early 1900s. If you know please post a comment.

It is likely that these children smiling at us from a century ago are no longer with us. The image comes from a collection of large format negatives in the Tribune library. They were  enclosed in a 1950s era Telegram-Tribune window envelope, labeled “Mrs. Leonard.” The images however are decades older. How old? Two of …

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Jul 16

Japan’s cabinet resigns, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune July 16, 1941 Ominous news from Japan, the cabinet resigned and was expected to be replaced with leaders who favored war. Potential targets of future aggression were listed as Russia, French Indochina and Siam. The German invasion of Russia continued. Maps would introduce readers to far off cities with strange names like Smolensk. President …

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Jul 11

Joe DiMaggio hit streak World War II week by week

July 2, 1941 edition of the Telegram-Tribune. July 7, 1941 There was a glimmer of hope in the relentless news of war this week. Japan publicly announced they would not get involved in the war between Russia and Germany. Even though Japan and Russia had fought a bitter war a quarter century earlier both sides …

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Nov 01

The Last Giants World Series win – 1954


A long time ago, in a city far, far away…. the Giants last won the World Series. How long ago? In 1954… Baseball was still THE national pastime. The World Series was played in October, often in daylight. New York was home to the Giants. Fox was a movie studio. 3D CinemaScope was going to …

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Oct 27

Mike Krukow Cal Poly pitcher-Giants broadcaster

Krukow was returning to the team from arthroscopic surgery when this photo was made. ©David Middlecamp/The Tribune published 4-21-1989

Can a Giants fan and Dodger fan get along? Sports writer Dan Ruthemeyer and I put the question to the test eight years ago when we went to observe San Luis Obispo resident Mike Krukow as he broadcast an evening game. To Dodger fan Dan’s credit he came up with the idea. Getting a chance …

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Apr 02

Ozzie Smith, an elusive image of a Cal Poly Star, Major League All-Star

Ozzie Smith plays in an alumni game before heading to the major leagues. These are the last photos of the Hall of Famer in a Cal Poly uniform. Photo by Tony Hertz

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the photo of a local baseball legend in time for the opening of the Major League Baseball season? A great idea, but Tribune photographer/lab technician Nick Lucero could not have anticipated the magnitude of the task he set for himself. Roughly 4,500 negative sleeves later, as hope dimmed, he …

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Feb 23

Dodgers visit with fans at Cal Poly

National League Rookie of the Year Steve Sax fields a question from a Dodger fan.

January 13, 1983 You can tell I’m a Giant fan. I would have rewritten the caption above to read, “National League Rookie of the Year Steve Sax fields a question from a Dodger fan before throwing it over the first base dugout.” The second baseman always hit the ball well, with a career average of …

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