ICYMI: The Mutt and Jeff Bandits, and how it affected a Valley Pony League All-Star team 50 years ago

Rick Dempsey and Randy Cohen, two of the six players from the 1963 Pony League All-Star team that eventually signed pro contracts, are pictured at Camden Yards in Baltimore in September. Cohen was visiting Dempsey, a broadcaster for the Orioles. (Photo supplied by Randy Cohen)

Rick Dempsey and Randy Cohen, two of the six players from the 1963 Pony League All-Star team that eventually signed pro contracts, are pictured at Camden Yards in Baltimore in September. Cohen was visiting Dempsey, a broadcaster for the Orioles. (Photo supplied by Randy Cohen)

It was 50 years ago today — Nov. 4, 1963 — when the San Fernando Valley’s “Mutt and Jeff Bandits” held up their last bank, and were caught by police counting the money in their Northridge insurance agency office.

John Jennings, right, with Paul Rosenbluth after their arrest on Nov. 4, 1963 for 13 bank robberies around Southern California -- some of them in cities were the Canoga Park-Woodland Hills Pony League All-Star team was playing in tournament contests.

John Jennings, right, with Paul Rosenbluth after their arrest on Nov. 4, 1963 for 13 bank robberies around Southern California — some of them in cities were the Canoga Park-Woodland Hills Pony League All-Star team was playing in tournament contests.

The news stunned the players of a Canoga Park-Woodland Hills Pony League All Star team — one of the bandits was their manager, John Jennings. He recently had helped paid to send many members of his team, which included his son, to Pennsylvania to play in the World Series — a roster of 13- and 14-year-olds that included Larry Yount (the older brother of future Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who happed to be the team’s batboy) and Rick Dempsey.

Thanks to photos, court documents and newspaper clippings held onto over the years by another player on that team, Randy Cohen, we tried to capture the bizarre nature of the story all over again, with an update on how it has been pitched several times to Hollywood studios as a possible movie.

Maybe this will spark interest again?

All the details are on the Daily News website.

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