November 4, 1990
Ex-trainer reportedly tied to crime figureFormer Denver Nuggets trainer Robert "Chopper" Travaglini is being investigated by the National Basketball Association for a possible association with an organized crime figure, the Rocky Mountain News reported yesterday.Travaglini, 58m who announced his retirement Thursday after 14 years with the Nuggets, was seen with Paul "Fat Paulie" Villano, the newspaper said.Lt. Ed Hansen, commander of the Denver Police Intelligence Section, confirmed that the two were seen at a restaurant near McNichols Sports Arena about three weeks ago. The paper said that Villano, 62, is a member of the Smaldone crime family and has an extensive gambling record.
September 26, 2005
On September 24, 2005, ANNAPENNINGTON BELL, beloved wife of the late Billie B. Bell Sr., daughter of the late Lelia and George Pennington Sr., devoted mother of Billie Bell Jr., Gary Bell, Darlene Hicks, George Bell, Ray Bell, Margie Bell and spouses, Alice, Sandy, Donna, Miriam Bell and Charles Hicks Sr., sister of the late George Pennington Jr., loving grandmother of Brian Schoonover, Ashley Bell, Audrey and Rachael Buchanan. Also survived by loving step-grandchildren, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
March 15, 1991
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Rene Gonzales surveyed the raucous Toronto Blue Jays' clubhouse on a rainy spring training morning. "There's always got to be some jerks on a team," he said. "But I haven't found them yet."Suddenly he stopped."Maybe I'm it," he said.No chance. Gonzales, 29, was one of the Orioles' most popular players, both with teammates and fans. But such is the state of affairs with the new, improved Blue Jays, he can't even identify a player he dislikes.The infielder wouldn't have had that problem in the past.
December 25, 1991
SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic -- The numbers are astounding. Nothing less than that.During the 1991 baseball season, 12 players from this coastal city played in at least one major-league game. That means that one of every 10,000 residents becomes a major-leaguer.If the Baltimore area produced talent at the same rate, it would have 200 natives wearing major-league uniforms right now.Two hundred. Astounding.As it is, the Baltimore area had just a half-dozen in the bigs last season, ranging from Glenelg's Greg Smith to Aberdeen's Cal Ripken.
July 8, 1992
If there ever was a time for Bob Milacki to shake his slump, last night appeared to be it. Winless in his four previous starts, Milacki was facing a Chicago White Sox team that he had beaten in two previous starts this season.But the third meeting would be anything but a breeze for Milacki, who gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss that dropped the Orioles four games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.And as Milacki (5-6) walked off the field to boos from the crowd of 45,451 -- the Orioles' 20th straight sellout -- he had to be wondering when his next start might be.That start for Milacki, who left the clubhouse early and was unavailable for comment, is scheduled for Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
April 26, 1992
NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs general manager Larry Himes is feeling a lot of heat over one move he didn't make and another he did.Himes passed on the opportunity to sign pitcher Rick Sutcliffe last winter, and this spring his infatuation with Sammy Sosa influenced him to give up George Bell.Sutcliffe's early success with the Orioles, especially in light of the Cubs' continued pitching problems, has been a source of embarrassment to Himes. He says he may have made a mistake with the veteran right-hander, but quickly explains the logic behind the decision.