Guest Speaker: Ross Newhan | Corona, CA

Last week’s speaker was Ross Newhan.  Ross is a fellow Rotarian in the Corona Rotary group.  He is a retired sports writer for the Los Angeles Times. He had a long career there for 35 years.  Ross regaled us with stories of legendary baseball figures, that he covered while writing for the LA Dodgers and LA/Anaheim Angels baseball teams.  He also said that he got on Tommy Lasorda’s nerves quite a few times.  Ross also wrote about several Olympic games and several Triple Crowns.  He says he only had one job his entire career and that he was very lucky. He has always had a passion for the written word. He was the sports editor for his high school paper.  He didn’t have a clue what to do in life when he graduated from high school.  He started to write for a local newspaper in Long Beach. He began writing there and kept getting bigger and bigger assignments. He enrolled in Long Beach State, in case “this journalism thing” didn’t work out. When the Angels team formed, Ross was assigned to write for the team.  He got to meet former President Dwight Eisenhower at the Angels spring training camp in Palm Springs.  He ended up interviewing him.  Ross has too many favorite players to be able to pick only one.  In 2001 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in the writer’s wing.  He currently writes a blog called, Newhan on Baseball.  We all laughed with Ross that this “ journalism thing” ended up being a great thing after all. Thank you Ross for sharing your interesting career with us.

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