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'Big League Dreams' in West Covina

Dorothy's Place Remembering

By Dorothy Denne

-Courtesy Photo

After a slow start in the annual USSSA President's Day NIT Tournament, the Pasadena Play Hard Chief bats came alive to combine with outstanding pitching as they stormed to three straight victories and the Silver Bracket 11 and under Championship at Big League Dreams in West Covina. On Sunday, Will Repstad of San Marino pitched a seven-inning completer, striking out 12, as the Chiefs defeated OC Premier, 6-2. Michael Gruppie of Arcadia had three RBIs, including a booming two-run home run at "Dodger Stadium" while Altadena's Nick Gallo added a long bases-empty shot in support of Repstedt's masterful effort on the mound. The tall right-hander scattered

five hits and walked three. On President's Day at "Yankee Stadium", the Chief offense put up 22 runs and 37 hits in two games to win the title. In the semifinals, the Chiefs defeated the Canyon Coyotes, 9-1, behind the combined four-hit pitching of Altadena's Sammy Morales and Kyle Hampton. In the championship game, Gallo was at it again, hitting a grand slam to help secure a 13-1 victory over the La Crescenta Thunder as left-hander Jack Duncan of Altadena turned in another strong pitching performance to earn the title win for Coach Paul Harter's Chiefs. The Chiefs will resume tournament play Memorial Day weekend.

In the mail today I received my copy of the California Retired Teachers Association's newsletter. It has an article telling the CalRTA story. The organization turns 85 this year. It began in 1929 while the country began its struggle with the Great Depression. Also in the article is a list of other interesting facts about 1929. I love reading

things like that. Here is what they had to offer. # Herbert Hoover was President of the United States. # The U.S. population reached 120 million. # The Dow reached a peak of 381.17 on September 3 prior to the slide and eventual Wall Street crash in October. # The cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents. # Bread cost 10 cents. # Popeye, a comic strip character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, made his debut. # The Academy Awards, popularly known as

the Oscars, were presented for the first time. # The Broadway Melody became the first major musical film of the sound era. # The soft drink 7-up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg. # The first car radio was made by Motorola. # Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. # The first public phone booths appeared in London. In case you're wondering--no, I was not here yet. I had not even become a gleam in my daddy's eyes. That didn't come 'til a few years late

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden open day - Sunday, Feb. 23 The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will present a special piano recital by Pasadena resident, Inessa Niks. Open Day is from 10 am to 4 pm. Ms. Niks will perform from 1:30 to 2:30, playing works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin. Among her many awards, Inessa Niks was in-

cluded in the book, “2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century” (2000-2001 Edition, IBC, Cambridge, England) for her contribution to the field of “Art and Science of Piano Playing.” Since 2010, she has released three CD’s of her own piano compositions in light Classical Style, influenced by the American

composer, Leroy Anderson. Garden admission includes access to the recital: $7.50 with reservations, $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. The garden is wheelchair accessible. Reservations for the recital are advised and can be made at: http://japanesegardenpasadena.com.

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