#61 - (Bo Belinsky)

This week there is no legal section of the blog.
Now for the Opening Day memory:
Bo Belinsky unfortunately has passed away since I interviewed him, but I will always remember him as one of my more engaging and friendly subjects. Bo ultimately became more renowned for his off the field exploits rather than his baseball activities, but he did begin his major league career quite auspiciously. He won his first four starts of the 1962 season with the expansion Los Angeles Angels, the fourth being the Angels first ever no hitter (against the Baltimore Orioles). Thereafter, he became a Southern California celebrity and admitted womanizer and was linked romantically with, among others, Ann Margaret, Tina Louise, Connie Stevens and Mamie Van Doren, to whom he became engaged. He also got sued in his rookie year by a Hollywood nightclub cashier for alleged assault, which did not help his baseball career. He ended up winning only 10 games in 1962 despite the fast start and led the league in walks. He also was the victim of the first ever no hitter against the Angels by Earl Wilson of the Boston Red Sox. The next year, after a horrible 1-7 start, Bo got sent to the minors. In 1964, he had a good season winning 9 games with a 2.86 ERA. But he got in a highly publicized fight with a sportswriter and was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He lasted there until 1966, and then had stints primarily as a long reliever with the Houston Astros in 1967, Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969 and Cincinnati Reds in 1970. He finished his career with a won loss record of 28-51. After his baseball career, he married and divorced a Playboy Playmate of the Year and an heiress. He overcame alcoholism and became a Born Again Christian in, of all places, Las Vegas, where I had the opportunity to meet him while he was working for a Kia dealership. Here are his Opening Day memories.

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#60 - (“Bip” Roberts)

This week there is no legal section of the blog.
Now for the Opening Day memory:
“Bip” Roberts was a speedy journeyman middle infielder (primarily at second base) who played for 6 different teams from 1986-1998, including the San Diego Padres twice. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers before closing out his career with the Oakland A’s. Bip has an impressive career batting average of .294 and 264 lifetime stolen bases. His best season was 1992 with the Reds, where he hit .323 with 44 steals and was a National League All-Star. He also tied a major league record that year with 10 consecutive hits. In 1994 in his second stint with the Padres, he had a 24 game hitting streak. I must say that Bip was a better hitter than I remembered. He currently broadcasts for the San Francisco Giants and coaches high school baseball in Oakland. Here is his Opening Day memory.

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