Bo Belinsky
American baseball player
Bo Belinsky
Robert "Bo" Belinsky was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, who became an instant southern California celebrity as a rookie with the original Los Angeles Angels, especially when the fourth of his season-opening four straight wins was a no-hitter against his former organization, the Baltimore Orioles.
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Leigh Steinberg: NFL is the New National Pastime
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
When I was a child growing up in the 1950s, Major League Baseball was the national pastime. Baseball dominated television and radio sports coverage and was the number one emphasis of sports pages. When the Dodgers won the World Series in 1959, the games were played in the day and a television was wheeled into my elementary school classroom so we could watch every minute. It was possible to drive down our Los Angeles street on a Saturday afternoon and hear continuous radio coverage of Dodger games with Vin Scully's voice booming from every transistor radios in each front yard. When the Angels came two years later we were obsessed with Bo Belinsky, Dean Chance and Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner. Most boys life centered around baseball. When we weren't playing it, we were collecting and trading baseball cards and inserting them into the spokes of our bikes to make prodigious amounts of noise. We grew up dreaming that we could pitch like Sandy Koufax, hit home runs like Willie Mays o ...
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Jered Weaver's season for the ages - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Chance and Bo Belinsky in the 1960s yielded to Ryan and Frank Tanana in the 1970s, who gave way to Finley in the 1980s and 1990s. The Angels were stuck trying to out-slug teams by the late 1990s, but under Mike Scioscia, the team has returned to a
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Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Billy Butler of the ... - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to Witt, the right-hander joins Bo Belinsky, Clyde Wright and Nolan Ryan (four times) as the only Angels to throw individual no-hitters in the club's 50-year history. The 28-year-old's gem represents the third no-hitter this season,
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5 Aberdeen junior hockey players spread their Wings - AberdeenNews.com
Google News - over 5 years
Former Pheasants who were cheered in the Majors by Aberdeen fans included Mark Belanger, Bo Belinsky, Al Bumbry, Andy Etchebarren, Tito Francona, Don Larsen, Bob Turley and others. Even Pheasant mangers like Cal Ripken Sr. and Earl Weaver moved on
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Card Corner: 1971 Topps, Dean Chance - Hardball Times
Google News - over 5 years
Off the field, Chance became friends with the equally colorful Bo Belinsky, a fellow member of the Angels' rotation. The two young pitchers joyfully participated in the blurred nightlife of Los Angeles, making the rounds at various nightclubs and dance
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A modern spin on baseball card cartoons - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
322) that helpfully tells us that Bo Belinsky married a Playboy bunny, suggestively showing her in full bunny costume and carrying a bat on her shoulder. (In '77, Topps used random facts and cartoons, which were unrelated to the player on the front of
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Former Angels Cy Young winner Chance returns - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
He spoke with splendor and sorrow about his good friend and southpaw Bo Belinsky, who sunned in Hollywood's glamour, dated starlets and pinups, married and divorced a former Playmate Jo Collins and heiress Janie Weyerhaeuser, struggled with alcoholism,
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A past Draft game of 'what if?' - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
Pat Gillick had a longtime relationship with Cal Ripken Sr. -- who caught Gillick, Bo Belinsky and Steve Dalkowski in Appleton, Wisc. -- but picked first baseman Tim Thompson, and Baltimore took Cal with the 48th pick. Before selecting Ripken
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CLAIRE SINCLAIR CELEBRATES PLAYMATE OF YEAR TITLE - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
... the youngest Playmate of the Year was Donna Michelle, who was 18 when she won it in 1964. Jo Collins (1965) and Christa Speck (1962) both were 19. Collins made headlines later when she married pitcher Bo Belinsky of the Anaheim Angels
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100 years since a loss from hell (5/5/11) - Hardball Times
Google News - almost 6 years
1962 Bo Belinsky tosses a no-hitter: LAA 2, BAL 0. 1963 Gil Hodges plays his last major league game. He does so as a Met. Also bowing out from the big leagues in the same doubleheader is a man with a far less impressive career: Marvelous Marv
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Now Pitching, 'The Great Bob Tufts' - The Jewish Week
Google News - almost 6 years
Boston's Earl Wilson no-hit the Angels and even homered off the flashy Bo Belinsky. “I remember that one very well,” says Tufts. “I was 7 years old.” Like the kid in “The Chosen,” Tufts says that even as a boy “I always was interested in Israel
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Angels earned their halos the hard way - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Google News - almost 6 years
Bo Belinsky, who dated starlets on his then-princely salary of $8500, was briefly engaged to sexpot Mamie Van Doren. Belinsky later remarked ruefully: "I needed her like Custer needed Indians." The pitcher was no slouch on the field either
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4/23: Live chat tonight! - Fire Brand of the American League
Google News - almost 6 years
The Red Sox won the game 2-0, and Wilson helped his own cause with a home run off of Angels pitcher Bo Belinsky. Wilson is one of three pitchers to homer during their own no-hitter, Wes Ferrell with the Indians in 1931 and Rick Wise with the Cardinals
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On Baseball; No-Hitter Requires A Complete Game
NYTimes - over 10 years
THERE are as many no-hitters in the front office of the Los Angeles Angels as there have been in the major leagues for more than four seasons. Bill Stoneman, the general manager of the Angels, pitched two no-hitters for Montreal, one in 1969 and the other in 1972. Ken Forsch, the team's assistant general manager, pitched a no-hitter for Houston in
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Zuckerman Juiced
NYTimes - over 11 years
NOT to cast aspersions but, with all the furor over performance-enhancing drugs, it's remarkable that Philip Roth's name hasn't surfaced. Just last week Rafael Palmeiro avoided perjury charges, but his career achievements have been irreparably tarnished. Not so Roth. In fact, since turning 60, an age when most renowned writers start having trouble
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BACKTALK: KEEPING SCORE; Numbers Suggest Mets Are Gambling on Zambrano
NYTimes - over 12 years
Like a Boys Town for restive pitchers, baseball has a soft spot for big galoots who throw hard but cannot find the plate with a map. A tweak here and a tinker there, and -- whoosh! -- this kid could go straight to the All-Star Game. As the industry maxim goes: You can teach control; you can't teach velocity. It was with this in mind that one of the
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Sports of The Times; Finally, Angels Win A World Series Game
NYTimes - over 14 years
IN a land where people keep reinventing themselves, the Angels could truly be America's team. Like people who come up with new addresses, new spouses, new identities, new faces, new businesses, the Angels kept making changes in the hopes of getting it right. Now, at the tail end of their 42nd season, they have come up with a totally new experience
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Sports of The Times; Remember, Angels Have Passed This Way Before
NYTimes - over 14 years
EVERY year a segment of the baseball-loving world seeks a new contender, a team that will stand up to the Yankees and all their money. Despite the morbid history of their own franchise, the Anaheim Angels are the great red hope of this round of the playoffs. They have power and speed and the noisiest fans in the 41 years of the team's existence. If
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Bo Belinsky, 64, the Playboy Pitcher, Dies
NYTimes - about 15 years
Bo Belinsky, whose pitching prowess as a rookie with the Los Angeles Angels catapulted him to the life of a Hollywood playboy and the fleeting glitter of a 1960's celebrity, died Friday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 64. The cause was apparently a heart attack, The Associated Press reported. Belinsky had been treated for bladder cancer and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bo Belinsky
    THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Died on November 23, 2001.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Veteran sportswriter Maury Allen wrote a biography of Belinsky, Bo: Pitching and Wooing, "with the uncensored cooperation of Bo Belinsky," in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Gloria Eves, a former nightclub cashier and hatcheck attendant, filed a $150,000 damage suit against Belinsky following an assault on June 13, 1962. Eves, a resident of 7130 Hollywood Boulevard, claimed to have been dragged by Belinsky from the rear seat of his late model Cadillac. She asked $50,000 for disfigurement and $100,000 for medical costs and punitive damages. Prior to the 5 A.M. incident, Belinsky had partied with a group of Hollywood celebrities, including Eddie Fisher, Dean Martin, Keely Smith and Henry Fonda. Eves refused to press charges immediately afterward. Eves received six surgical sutures after hitting her head during the altercation. Earlier on the same evening Eves and her roommate, Bridget (Bright) Whitaker, 33, had attended a party at the Ambassador Hotel and another at a private home in Beverly Hills. A Los Angeles Police Department officer held Belinsky for questioning before he was released after his story was corroborated by Whitaker and his teammate, Dean Chance. Both confirmed his statement that Eves' eye injury sustained during the fracas was accidental, but in any event Belinsky's encounter with Eves was detrimental to his career, tarnishing his reputation following his no-hitter.
  • 1970
    After spending a little over a season with the Phillies, in which he was used mostly as a long reliever before his outright release back to the minors, he also pitched for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds before his career ended in the Cincinnati minor league system in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details "What was clear," Jordan wrote, "was that Belinsky had dissipated a promising career, that people had grown tired of him, and that most of the problem could be traced to his personality. He did not have the knack of such later athletes—the Namaths, Harrelsons and Sandersons—of cultivating his personality precisely up to, but not beyond, that point at which the public became bored with it." Belinsky married and divorced Playboy Playmate of the Year Jo Collins, then heiress Janie Weyerhaeuser. He eventually overcame alcoholism to become first a counselor and spokesman for the alcohol abuse program he entered in Hawaii, and then an auto agency representative in Las Vegas. Clean, sober and a born-again Christian ("Can you imagine," he was quoted as saying, "finding Jesus Christ in Las Vegas?"), Belinsky battled bladder cancer before his death in Las Vegas of an apparent heart attack at age 64. He is interred at Davis Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • OTHER
  • 1964
    But Belinsky was 9–7 with a career-best 2.86 ERA in August 1964 when came the incident that ended his days with the Angels: a hotel room fight with elderly Los Angeles Times sportswriter Braven Dyer.
    More Details Hide Details He was suspended from the Angels, then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the season for Costen Shockley and Rudy May.
  • 1963
    Belinsky fell to 1–7 in 1963, and was sent to the Angels' minor league team in Hawaii, where he pitched his way back and finished the year with a 2–9 major league record.
    More Details Hide Details A game he pitched and won for the Angels in Chavez Ravine set a record of sorts; the headline the following day in the Los Angeles Times read: "476 - Count 'Em - See Bo Stifle Orioles."
  • 1962
    In addition to pitching the first no-hitter in Angels' history, Belinsky was also on the losing end of the first no-hitter ever pitched against the Angels—Earl Wilson's 2–0 gem at Fenway Park on June 26 of the same 1962 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Boston Red Sox pitcher hit a home run in that game, one of four no-hit pitchers ever to do so. Belinsky became a kind of protégé to fading but still influential and show business-connected newspaper columnist Walter Winchell. He was linked romantically, at one time or another, to such women as Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Tina Louise and Mamie Van Doren, the last his fiancee for a year. Contemporary player Mike Hegan once said, "Bo had more fun off the field than he did on the field."
    Perhaps tellingly, however, after throwing the no-hitter Belinsky also said, "If music be the food of love, by all means let the band play on." The 1962 season was a raucous one for Belinsky in that he became glittering copy for southern California sportswriters with his wit and unapologetic womanizing. "Within days of his no-hitter Belinsky would be heralded as sport's most original and engaging playboy-athlete," pitcher-turned-journalist Pat Jordan wrote in a striking 1971 Sports Illustrated profile. "His name would become synonymous with a lifestyle that was cool and slick and dazzling...
    More Details Hide Details But in time the name Belinsky would become synonymous with something else. It would become synonymous with dissipated talent."
    But the no-hitter—his fourth straight win at the start of his rookie season—would immortalize his name and, perhaps, mark the beginning of his long downfall. He would finish the 1962 season with a 10–11 win–loss record, a 3.56 earned run average and the league lead in walks (122), the only time Belinsky ever led his league in any pitching category.
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    His career and life changed when the Angels picked him in a minor league draft for the 1962 season.
    More Details Hide Details His pre-season contract holdout and charismatic personality made him a star before he'd thrown a single pitch in major league competition.
  • 1936
    Born on December 7, 1936.
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