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Little leaguers win big trophy
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Spade Cooley, born Donnel Clyde Cooley, was a Western Swing musician and band leader best known for his hit, 'Shame on You.' In addition to his music career, Cooley appeared in several Western films and hosted a television variety show, 'The Hoffman Hayride' also known as 'The Spade Cooley Show' which was broadcast on KTLA from the Santa Monica Pier Ballroom. In 1961, Cooley was convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae, and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 1969.
Photograph caption dated August 21, 1954 reads "The Acorns, sponsored by the Encino Rotary Club, proudly display Alice Rath Memorial Trophy for winning the Encino-West Valley Little League baseball championship. Front row, left, Edward Wehan, Burton Kafader, Tom Barron, Bob Emslie, Ronald Ellis and Gary Scollon. Second row, left, Dick Stillson, Jim Bilsborrow, Mike Mills, John Heyl, Jeff Scott, Pete Cain and Pat Courtney. Back row, left, Coach Ted Heyl, Chet Rice, Spade Cooley, Bill Taylor and Manager Howie Cullen."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Cooley, Spade,--1910-1969
Men--California--Los Angeles
Boys--California--Los Angeles
Coaches (Athletics)--California--Los Angeles
Baseball players--California--Los Angeles
Musicians--United States
Band directors--United States
Baseball teams--California--Los Angeles
Award winners--California--Los Angeles
Little League baseball--California--Los Angeles
Baseball uniforms--California--Los Angeles
Awards--California--Los Angeles
North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
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