|Loyal fans of 2013 U.S. Champion Little Leaguers from Chula Vista|
REMARKABLE GALAXY—OK, so the Chula Vista Little League lost to Japan for the world title. Our local kids are still the best little leaguers in the U.S. and that’s still saying a lot. This city of 250,000 located between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico happens to be home to a remarkable collection of notable human beings. Here’s what we mean:
United States Champions—Chula Vista Little League captured the 2013 National Little League Championship defeating Westport, Conn. in S. Williamsport, PA.
World Champions—The Parkside Little League (12 years and under) won the 2009 Little League World Championship in S. Williamsport, PA
Tom Waits—Top selling vocalist, who went on to international fame after graduating from Chula Vista’s Hilltop High School. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car."
Greg Cox—Former Mayor of Chula Vista and current member San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 1.
Tom Basinski—Crime writer/author. Chula Vista cop turned DA Investigator turned successful author has penned two true crime novels both published by Berkley Books. “No Good Deed” and “Cross Country Evil.” He is a regular columnist with the Chula Vista Star News. http://www.amazon.com/Good-Deed-Berkley-True-Crime/dp/0425209601
Jessica Sanchez—Professional singer, who came in second in the 11th season of the American Idol competition. She is a native to Chula Vista and Eastlake.
Raquel Pomplun—Attended high school in Chula Vista and is a Southwestern College alum before becoming Playboy Magazine’s reigning Playmate of the Year for 2013.
Mario Lopez—Actor, TV game show host graduated from Chula Vista High School in 1991.
|John J. McGinty|
John J. McGinty—Medal of Honor recipient resides in Chula Vista. The following is what this U.S. Marine did to earn his Congressional Medal of Honor: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Acting Platoon Leader, First Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966. Second Lieutenant (then Staff Sergeant) McGinty's platoon, which was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of the battalion from a position that had been under attack for three days, came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment.
Ty Wigginton--Professional baseball player and Chula Vista High grad, who is currently with the Baltimore Orioles.
Donnie Edwards--Retired National Football League linebacker with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Charisma Carpenter—Actress, model, who is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel, for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. She was a regular on ABC Family's The Lying Game. In 2004, she appeared in Playboy magazine as a model.