Belinsky was estranged from his daughters for more than 20 years. That night, when Bo returned home to the suburban town house he and Jo had rented for the season, he began to drink. And how much money does Tina Louise earn? Beginning on July 11, he pitched three consecutive complete game shutouts and never looked back, finishing 15-4 over the remainder of the year. . Others, in the manner of Alcoholics Anonymous members, were known to Bo merely by first names and last initials. The spot that he, Don Richardson, and Dean Chance chose for their friend is five plots away from where the remains of another tortured 1960s sports icon—former heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston—are interred.
He liked talking to the 85-year-old guest relations director about boxing and gambling. Minor league baseball seemed a purer form of the sport: no front-office politics, no contract fights, just bats and balls and fans. On the mound, Chance threw a sinking fastball, a sweeping curve, and a slider. On December 14, 1960, the new Washington Senators selected Chance with the 48th pick in the draft. Through the years he visited them infrequently, then once they turned ten, not at all. The former pitcher suffered from an array of illnesses, most seriously bladder cancer and diabetes.
Full of promise two years earlier, the Angels decided that his performance did not justify all the off-field problems. In Pensacola, where his 13-6 record marked him as a comer, he had to be smuggled out of town under a blanket to avoid a statutory rape charge. After the 1960 season American League teams had to make decisions on which players to expose in an expansion draft, hastily put together to stock the two new teams being formed in Washington and Los Angeles. While Chance was a workhorse starter from 1962 though the 1968 season, it was his lasting friendship with bon vivant Bo Belinsky that most people remember him by. At the end of August, the Angels were in third place, only three and a half games behind the league-leading New York Yankees. But the Orioles considered Chance brash, so they decided to protect fellow pitcher Arne Thorsland from the draft instead. I stayed drunk for two years, blew out my pancreas, almost died.
A pool hustler who craved fame and fun, Belinsky was drawn to the Hollywood nightlife and became a fixture on Sunset Strip. One report said that Chance pitched 18 no-hit games during high school and lost only once. When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, the Angels became tenants of the Dodgers and played their home games there through the 1965 season. He was released by the Tigers on October 6, 1971. After the season Chance was rewarded with the Cy Young Award, at the time given out to only one pitcher in baseball. When the Today show booked Belinsky to plug Pitching and Wooing, the hype began.
He had slipped and fallen and it was really tough on him. We spent a lot of time in his apartment. Equally telling, Bo continued to indulge in language better suited to a dugout than a house of worship. The left-hander pitched a nine-strikeout, four-walk no-hitter as a rookie for the Los Angeles Angels against the Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium in 1962, the first major league no-hitter on the West Coast. Bo Belinsky, a playboy pitcher with a powerful left arm, a playmate wife and penchant for publicity, appealed to the Cardinals as a possible answer to a bullpen need. A month later at Philadelphia, he pitched a six-hitter in a 7-1 triumph over the Cardinals. There Belinsky, who had spent most of his career as a starter, stewed.
He grew up poor in Trenton, New Jersey, becoming a pool hustler at a young age, but his strong left arm eventually got him into Organized Baseball. Belinsky faced seven batters, gave up two hits, walked three, allowed two runs and was lifted with two outs in the first inning. It began the night of May 5, 1962, when major league baseball on the West Coast was in its fifth year. Chance also pitched two no-hitters, a rain-shortened five-inning perfect game against Boston on August 6, and a nine-inning gem against Cleveland on August 25. The Angles remained in third, winning 86 games and finishing 10 games behind, a remarkable season for a second year expansion team. I was so dead that when I finally came to the hospital and saw those two little girls, I had no feeling for them whatsoever, and I had no feeling for Jane. He finished 11-3 at home with a 1.
Belinsky loved to rhapsodize about the old times, but developed a deep religious belief, which former Angels teammate Dean Chance said allowed him to accept his fate. Many of these theaters from that Golden Age of Movie Palaces were built to accommodate live performances, as well as mo- tion pictures. When Bo was on, he had that electric kind of stuff. Like so many others, she was at first smitten, and in 1975 they married. In five starts he threw four complete games and three shutouts, going 4-0 with a 0. He stayed sober several months. So I took Stevhanie and spent the night with Pete and Karolyn Rose.
His career ended in the Cincinnati minor league in 1970. Among the handful who saw Belinsky pitch that night was 65-year-old gossip columnist Walter Winchell. Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Davis Funeral Home in Las Vegas. But it will depend on how the rest of the staff shapes up. He said he was also out of touch with a younger sister, Lorraine. Abajian, a boyish 51-year-old charismatic Christian, enjoys helping people in trouble. In their maiden season of 1961 the Angels finishing a surprisingly strong 70-91, finishing 8th in a 10-team league.
He was engaged to the actress Mamie Van Doren. When it was good, it was good, and when it was bad, it was still pretty good. I had to beat myself down so low and get it down so deep and so far to be receptive. Comparable to what we had at our local Chakeres theater in our little home town of Logan, Ohio, as late as the early 1960s! They were sold to the Rock Island, retired in 1966 and donated to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay and The Museum of Transportation in St. Of his 20 victories, 11 were shutouts, including five games by a 1-0 score.