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There used to be a PCL team here
2006-02-12 13:30
by Bob Timmermann

The Los Angeles Times had an article today about the bizzare style of governance of the wee city of Vernon, California, population 93.

Vernon hosted a PCL team from 1909 through 1924 (although they sometimes played in Venice or Los Angeles) until moving to San Francisco for the 1925 season to play as the Missions. Then that team moved back to L.A. in 1938 as the Hollywood Stars.

There is no truth to the rumors that I got my middle name from this city. I also found the article intriguing because there is a report of a private investigator tailing one of the principals in this story and pulling a gun on the woman fairly near my home. It appeals to my inner Jim Rockford. (Jim Rockford's middle name in The Rockford Files was Scott, which is James Garner's middle name.)

2006-02-12 14:29:32
1.   Jon Weisman
Actually, I kind of like thinking your middle name could be "Hollywood."
2006-02-12 14:43:39
2.   Linkmeister
Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly posted about that article, and I read it. Weird stuff.
2006-02-12 14:55:05
3.   Bob Timmermann
The story is also pretty much devoid of "good" guys.
2006-02-12 15:38:51
4.   deadteddy8
This has the makings of a film noir, right down to the homage to "Double Indemnity" by naming the main man applying for residency Don Huff and the police spokesman Sgt. Mike Neff (Walter Huff in the movie was Walter Neff in the book).
2006-02-12 17:24:09
5.   Bob Timmermann
I'm pretty sure Fred McMurray played Walter Neff in the film.

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