Table of Contents
"Safest jobs in sports"
by Andy Dolich

"Lefty O'Doul's persuasive charm persists"
by Dave Newhouse

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A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or SportsPulse
Monday, March 9 through Sunday, March 15
Issue No. 58

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Monday, March 9 

Golden State Warriors @ Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ Atlanta Hawks, 4:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Los Angeles Dodgers,

     1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium 

Oakland A's @ Texas Rangers, 1:05 p.m.,


USF (W) BB v. San Diego, 2:30, @ WCC

     Championship, Las Vegas

San Jose State (W) BB v. Utah State, 2 p.m.,  

   Mountain West Championship, Las Vegas, TBD 

Fresno State (W) BB @ Mountain West

     Tournament, Las Vegas, TBD 

Tuesday, March 10

 San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres,

     1:05 p.m., Peoria

Oakland A's v. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

USF (W) BB @ WCC Championship,

     Las Vegas, TBD

San Jose State (W) BB v. TBD, Mountain West

     Championship, Las Vegas, TBD

UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West Tournament,

     Fullerton, TBD

Wednesday, March 11 

 Golden State Warriors v. Detroit Pistons,
     7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings @ Charlotte Hornets, 4 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Milwaukee Brewers,

     1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's v. Cleveland Indians, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

Cal, Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,

     Las Vegas, TBD

Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West

     Championship, Las Vegas, TBD

UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West Tournament,  

      Fullerton, TBD

Sacramento State (W) BB v. Montana State,  

     10 a.m., @ Big Sky Tournament, Missoula, MT 

Thursday, March 12 

San Jose Sharks v. Nashville Predators, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Chicago White Sox,

     1:05 p.m., Glendale

Oakland A's v. Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

Cal, Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,

     Las Vegas, TBD

Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West Championship, Las Vegas, TBD

UC Davis (M) BB v. CSUN, 12:00, @ Big West

     Tournament, Anaheim

Sacramento State (M) BB v. Portland State, 12:30

    p.m., @ Big Sky Tournament, Missoula, MT 

Sacramento State (W) BB v. TBD @ Big Sky

     Tournament, Missoula, MT  

Friday, March 13 
Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets,
     6 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Texas Rangers, 1:05 p.m.,

     Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's @ Kansas City Royals, 1:05 p.m.,


Sacramento Kings @ Philadelphia 76ers, 4 p.m.

Cal, Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,

     Las Vegas, TBD

Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West

     Championship, Las Vegas, TBD

UC Davis (M) BB @ Big West Tournament,

     Anaheim, TBD (if winner of previous game) 

UC Davis (W) BB @ Big West Tournament,

     Las Vegas, TBD

Sacramento State (M) BB v. TBD @ Big Sky  

     Tournament, Missoula, MT 

Sacramento State (W) BB v. TBD @ Big Sky
     Tournament, Missoula, MT
Saturday, March 14
Golden State Warriors v. New York Knicks,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ Washington Wizards,

     4 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Chicago Blackhawks, 1 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Seattle Sounders FC, 

     7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants (split squad) @ Oakland

     A's, 1:05 p.m., Hohokam Stadium, Mesa 

San Francisco Giants (split squad) @ Arizona

     Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m., Talking Stick  

Cal, Stanford (M) BB @ Pac-12 Tournament,

     Las Vegas, TBD

Fresno State (M) BB @ Mountain West

     Championship, Las Vegas, TBD

UC Davis (M) BB @ Big West Tournament,

     Anaheim, TBD (if winner of previous game) 

Sacramento State (M) BB v. TBD @ Big Sky

     Tournament, Missoula, MT 

Sacramento State (W) BB v. TBD @ Big Sky

     Tournament, Missoula, MT 

Sunday, March 15 

San Francisco Giants v. Arizona Diamondback,  

     3:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium 

Oakland A's @ Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.,

     Maryvale Baseball Park


(BB): Basketball
(M): Men
(W): Women


Cal BB (M): KGO 810 AM
Cal BB (W): Pac-12 Network
Cal football: KGO 810 AM
Fresno Grizzlies: KYNO 1430  AM
Fresno State football: 940 AM ESPN Radio
Golden State Warriors: KNBR 680 AM
Oakland A's: 95.7 FM The Game
Oakland Raiders: 95.7 FM The Game
Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
Sacramento River Cats: Talk 650 AM KSTE 
San Francisco 49ers: KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO
     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM
San Francisco Giants: KNBR 680 AM
San Jose Earthquakes: 1590 KLIV  AM,
      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)
San Jose Giants: MiLB Gameday Audio
San Jose SaberCats: KNBR 1050 AM
San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco
San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
Stockton Ports: KWSX 1280 AM
UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM




For your viewing pleasure

Avaya seats
A source of great pride, the San Jose Earthquakes' new 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium was officially dedicated on Feb. 27 and now awaits its inaugural season of play. The European-inspired building features a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seating in major-league soccer  to provide the best possible fan experience. To view a photo album of the dedication, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Earthquakes Stadium dedication - 3-2015
Smiles all around, and for good reason. Team president Dave Kaval (left) and owner John Fisher of the San Jose Earthquakes are understandably proud as they dedicated Avaya Stadium last month. The Quakes' first regular season game will take place on March 22, versus the Chicago Fire. To view a photo album of the dedication, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Giants Community Fund - 3-2015

Left to right, San Francisco Giants Community Fund board chairman Craig Alexander, John Gumas, Isabelle Lemon, Julia Bromley, Sunny Schwartz and Kathleen Dowling McDonough sold Mystery Baseballs at Scottsdale Stadium and raised $20,000 for the Giants Community Fund. Photo by Sue Petersen.


Buster Posey - Ed Jay - 3-2015
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey embodies the hopes of Giants fans everywhere. The Giants open the new season on the road in Arizona.
Photo by Ed Jay.


Kenny Karst - Hunter Pence - 3-2015

A day after Hunter Pence's left forearm was fractured in a spring training game by the Chicago Cubs' Corey Black, Pence was upbeat, telling fans, "It's a broken bone.  I'm not dying."  Pence is expected to be out of the lineup 6-8 weeks. He is shown above prior to the start of a game versus the

Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Photo by Kenny Karst. 


Michael Zagaris - A's - 3-2015

Oakland A's infielder Brett Lawrie takes his turn in the batter's box at Fitch Park, Mesa. The A's will open the regular season on April 6, hosting the Texas Rangers. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Sharks - Coors logo

A sellout crowd of 70,205 Northern California hockey fans attended the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game recently between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium. The evening was a major success on all counts but with one exception, as the Kings skated by the Sharks 2-1. Fans were also treated to concerts from John Fogerty and Melissa Etheridge. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Rich Yee - Sanford Sand

The Stanford women's sand volleyball team wrapped up play at the NorCal Invitational on Sunday as three pairs reached the semifinals at Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium. To view a photo album of the meet, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Rich Yee - Stanford baseball - 3-2015

Stanford split a four-game series with the Texas Longhorns and enters the 12-day break for final exams with a 9-8 record. To view a photo album of a game over the weekend, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


HOF - Tommy Hart - 2-2015
The 15th annual Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place recently at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, honoring an array of distinguished athletes. Pictured above, Michelle Hall (left); Ray Norton, Olympian and presenter (second from left); Hall of Fame, class of 2015, inductee for football from the San Francisco 49ers, Tommy Hart (third from left); Ricki Stevenson, mistress of ceremonies (third from right); Arif Khatib, Hall of Fame founder and president (second from right); and Grace Chao (right). To view a photo album of the ceremony, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Rich Yee Photography.



"Things could be worse. 

Suppose your errors were counted and published every day,

like those of a baseball player."

~Author unknown


Mike Murphy - Giants - Andy story - 3-2015
Giants' Mike Murphy
Steve Vucinich - A's - Andy - 3-2015
A's Steve Vucinich with Chris Townsend
Mickey Morabito - A's - Andy - 3-2015
A's Mickey Morabito
Jim Mercurio - 49ers - Andy - 3-2015
 49ers' Jim Mercurio
Jorge Costa - Giants - Andy - 3-2015
Giants' Jorge Costa
Dave Rinette - A's - Andy - 3-2015
Brad Pitt and the A's David Rinetti
Harvey Pollack - 76ers - Andy - 3-2015
76ers' Harvey Pollack

Andy Dolich - head shot

Safest jobs in sports 


Andy Dolich  


Professional sports is a money-mad merry-go-round with owners buying and selling teams, managers getting hired, fired, rehired and refired, executives moving from team to team, players being drafted, signed and traded. Sometimes the sports employment landscape seems like a Bedouin All-Star game where you can't tell the players without a scorecard or DNA sample.


If you are looking for the safest jobs in the world of professional sports, don't look into the owners' suite, spend no time in the GM's, manager's or head coach's office, and forget the corner offices populated by front-office business suits. Program your career GPS to take you into the nooks and crannies of the stadiums and arenas to see who really has job security.


Let's take a quick snapshot of the safest of the safe in Bay Area sports. Longevity on the job usually lives in these areas:

* Team clubhouse operations

* Concessions and merchandise

* Ticket operations

* Stadium operations and security


These Career Longevity Hall of Famers have seen thousands of colleagues come and go in the passing parade of pro sports careers.


Mike Murphy: San Francisco Giants equipment manager

"Murph" has been a fixture with the Giants since the team moved west in 1958. He is such a legend that the Giants immortalized his work by naming the team clubhouse in his honor. He has 56 years with the club, 34 as equipment manager. He started out as a bat boy and was promoted to visiting clubhouse attendant. Giants GM Brian Sabean had this to say about him in the midst of the jubilant clubhouse celebration after clinching their first World Series: "Murph is as important to this organization as anyone. He makes all the players feel comfortable in a family way, and that should not be overlooked."


Murph has seen it all: four ownership changes, seven general managers, 17 managers, five Hall of Famers -- plus a few others who were short-term Giants -- and somewhere in the vicinity of 1,600 players wearing Giants laundry,


Now Murph has added three World Series rings, which is any sports employee's Holy Grail.


Steve Vucinich: Oakland A's equipment manager

Steve Vucinich, aka "Vuce," has been prowling the home and away locker rooms of the A's since 1968, when he was hired as a ball boy. Vuce is an East Bay original; he graduated from St. Joseph's in Alameda and Chabot College. He has been the man with the A's equipment plan through six World Series -- four of them resulting in rings, 11 American League championship series and abunch of league division series.

Vuce has been through four ownership groups, five team presidents, five GMs, 15 managers, 13 Hall of Famers, and thousands of players, not to mention a donkey, orange baseballs, one mechanized rabbit and an Earthquake World Series.


Jim Sweeney: San Francisco Giants Merchandise maven

If you are wearing a piece of Giants merchandise celebrating their World Series victories, there is a good chance that Jim played a role in getting it onto your anatomy. He might not have the rings to show the number of world championships he has been involved in, but just check his T-shirt drawer and you will find championship swag from the Warriors, 49ers, Raiders, A's and Giants. If it says "We're No. 1" on it, Jim has sold it. He has done it with a smile on his face, civility in his manner and a foam finger of friendliness. Career longevity runs in the Sweeney DNA: his brother Tom is San Francisco's most famous doorman, having welcomed visiting VIPs for 38 years at the Drake Hotel in his signature Beefeater uniform.


Mickey Morabito: Oakland A's director of team travel

Mickey will be completing his 36th season as the A's director of team travel after 10 seasons with the New York Yankees. He has been part of six World Series winners and has the bling to prove it. "The Mick" has been on more planes, trains and automobiles than the most traveled Samsonite. Once a traveling secretary establishes his reliability, he becomes indispensable, and that cements the team's long-term success. If you wanted the ultimate insider's view of the craziness of pro sports, it would come from the secrets locked in the mind of any pro team's traveling secretary.


Jim Mercurio: VP of 49ers stadium operations and security

Jim has been with the 49ers for 21 years. He spearheads a game-day group of up to 1,500 employees that he has to keep organized to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time at 49ers games. Jim plays a major role in stadium ops and security for the NFL during Super Bowls if the 49ers aren't participating. He spent thousands of hours working on the transition from Candlestick to Levi's. Just imagine the details involved in setting up a new house for 68,000 of your closest friends and preparing to host Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016.


Jorge Costa: Giants senior VP of ballpark operations

Jorge is completing his 25th year after having worked in a similar position with the cross-bay rival A's for eight years. Jorge was a Coliseum usher before he was hired for his present job in 1981. He kept order when Candlestick was rocking and rolling during the 1989 Earthquake World Series, and he too has three World Series rings in his jewelry collection.


David Rinetti: VP of A's stadium operations and security

David and and several other Bishop O'Dowd students were hired as interns in 1981 at the princely sum of $3.35 an hour. One of his A's buddies, Kevin Kahn, is now the Colorado Rockies' VP of stadium operations. Rinetti was elevated to skybox coordinator in 1987. He has been with the A's for 25 years. He had his Hollywood moment with the filming of Moneyball at the Oakland Coliseum. If you want to know what Brad Pitt is really like, just ask David. He is in the midst of a video board face lift and other fan-friendly upgrades at the O.Co, getting ready for another season of A's baseball.


Harvey Pollack: Philadelphia 76ers' director of statistical information

Harvey is the only individual still working in the NBA since the league started in 1946. That's an incredible 68 years on the job for the 92-year-old wonder, nicknamed "Super Stat" by his legion of fans. He was the official scorekeeper at Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in Hershey, Pa., and was the one who came up with the sheet of paper with"100" inscribed on it, displayed by Wilt in the legendary photo. He is the author of Harvey Pollack's NBA Statistical Yearbook, which is the Farmer's Almanac of pertinent NBA numbers. If you want to become a genius on the NBA, read this book.


So for all you pro-sports job seekers, let this be a valuable lesson. If want want to have sports career security, it's the jobs with the grit -- not the glitz -- that will pay long-term dividends.


Andy Dolich has more than four decades of experience in the professional sports industry, mostly spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes stints in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. He operates his consulting business, Dolich & Associates, in Los Altos.

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Memorable Sports Moment 
Lefty O'Doul
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Lefty O'Doul's persuasive charm persists


Dave Newhouse 


With baseball awake from its winter slumber, I returned to my baseball roots, in a way. I paid a visit to Lefty O'Doul's restaurant and bar, feeling I had lost touch with baseball, a game I no longer recognized.

My wife and I went to San Francisco to hear the Irish Newsboys, a band that plays the first Friday of every month at Lefty's. They are mostly Chronicle journalists, though Bob Loomis and I worked together at the Oakland Tribune with Kevin Fagan, before the latter joined the Chronicle. Loomis couldn't make it this night, but the Newsboys (who have one woman in the band) delivered their usual songbook of clever Irish ditties. Ink-stained wretches never sounded so good.

But Lefty's was a good place for me to get in touch with baseball again. Because O'Doul, the man, was the manager of the Triple-A San Francisco Seals when I became infatuated with baseball, at age 10, in 1948, 10 years before O'Doul opened his eponymous restaurant on Geary Street, and 10 years before the Giants replaced the Seals at watchcharm Seals Stadium at 16th and Bryant.

For those too young to know, O'Doul was as much a San Francisco tradition as his hofbrau is. He managed the Seals from 1935 to 1951, before managing three other Pacific Coast League teams, including the Oakland Oaks in 1955, the year before they moved to Vancouver.

A baseball ambassador, O'Doul promoted the sport in Japan. Prior to managing, he was quite a hitter. He won two National League batting titles, in 1929 (with Philadelphia) and 1932 (Brooklyn). His .349 career batting average is the fourth-highest in major-league history, and the highest-ever by a non-Hall of Famer. In 1933, he was both an All-Star and World Series champion (New York Giants).

I knew of O'Doul's background as a kid, because I already was engrossed in baseball's history. I learned later that he dressed well, drove expensive cars and dated beautiful women. He was both a San Francisco native and an iconic San Francisco baseball figure. He died at 72, in 1969.

Though baseball was the first game I loved, thanks in part to Lefty, I soured on its national-pastime image this century, because of steroids. Baseball's records, especially the home run record, are the most hallowed sports records in America, and to see them bloated out of proportion by bloated ballplayers turned me off completely.

And that's why I gave up my Hall of Fame voting privilege -- because I didn't want to elect cheaters. I don't fault my newspaper brethren for holding on to that privilege, but when they argue that baseball's cheaters were Hall of Fame-caliber before they used steroids to ramp up their statistics, I come unglued. A user is a user, a cheater is a cheater. And the doors to Cooperstown should remain closed to both forever.

But on a Friday night in March, with the Giants and A's gearing up in Arizona, I enjoyed a corned beef sandwich and a draft beer at Lefty's, listening to the Irish Newsboys and enjoying the baseball ambiance at this crowded, popular saloon. My wife and I were then joined, unexpectedly, by novelist Richard Lupoff and his wife, Pat. The evening had turned into a happy roundtable discussion, and my mind was starting to imagine the fresh green grass of a spring baseball diamond.

Then I looked at the wall at O'Doul's, with Lefty and Johnny Evers -- of Tinkers to Evers to Chance double-play lore -- smiling down at me. Even though Cy Young eyed me quizzically, I was warming up to the call of balls and strikes until I noticed on the same wall Hal Chase, a noted fixer, and Napoleon Lajoie, a Hall of Famer, but a known racist. My smile turned to a frown.

It was time to pay our respects and leave. So what happens when I get home and fall asleep: I have a dream in which I'm trying to interview Russ Hodges, the great Giants announcer ("The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"), on the day he retired. This didn't actually happen, and I had no idea why it was happening now, but he was a reluctant interview regardless.

That wasn't the case in real life. I recall a 1960s Giants road trip when I filled in for the Tribune's beat writer, Emmons Byrne, who needed some time off. I'm standing outside the airport in Houston, looking for a taxi, when Hodges, Lon Simmons and Bill Thompson, the Giants broadcast team, invited me into their cab. All the way to the hotel, Hodges, a congenial man, sang Irish ballads: "Danny Boy," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," etc. The Irish Newsboys could have used him.

With April coming, and Opening Day, I know that I shouldn't give up on baseball. I'm trying hard not to. Some day, some way, baseball will win back my heart. The first, most conclusive, way is to keep steroids users out of Cooperstown, the whole gamut from Barry Bonds to Alex Rodriguez, and anyone in between, before or after -- not to mention Bud Selig, who did nothing to stop its spike.

But when they throw out the first official pitch of 2015 I'll be watching baseball as always, just not inside some ballpark. That's my one small protest, though I will root as strongly as ever for the A's and Giants. Another Bay Bridge World Series? Why not.

I may be a baseball grouch, but I'm not a baseball goner. See what you started, Lefty?

Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse will have two new books

published this year: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty,

due out in late August, and an as yet untitled Hoosiers-like basketball book,

due out mid-fall.


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San Antonio Spurs 11/1

Memphis Grizzlies 12/1

Chicago Bulls     15/1

Los Angeles Clippers    20/1

Dallas Mavericks  25/1

Houston Rockets   30/1



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