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MORNING BRIEFING

Casey's Twist on Wisdom of Solomon

April 23, 1993|MAL FLORENCE

In a videotape entitled "Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes to Life," which was recently shown by PBS, the Hall of Fame New York Yankee center fielder talks about the day Manager Casey Stengel called him, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford to his office.

"Casey asked us if we ever heard of King Solomon. Well, Casey went on to say that King Solomon had 100 wives, and when he wanted one of them he would just send for her. There was this one guy who had the job finding the wife King Solomon wanted.

"He told us King Solomon lived to be 100, but the guy who was always going out looking for the wives died at age 30. Casey said: 'Just goes to show you the partying won't kill you, but the chasing will.' "

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Trivia time: What do these people have in common? Tacks Neuer, Wickey McAvoy, Shadow Pyle, Toad Ramsey, Pembroke Finlayson, Homer Smoot, Peek-A-Boo Veach, Hippo Vaughn, Ty Pickup, Ben Tincup, Pretzels Pezulle and Spence Pumpelly.

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Wilt's legacy: On April 14, the Minnesota Timberwolves took only 62 shots in losing to the SuperSonics at Seattle, 129-95.

When Wilt Chamberlain scored his NBA-record 100 points on March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pa., he had 63 shots. He also made 28 of 32 from the free-throw line. As a team, Minnesota made only 27 free throws in its defeat by Seattle.

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Out of the closet: Jeff Weinstock writes in Sport magazine that the Cleveland Cavaliers have "the toughness of hair-dressers." Said guard John Battle, who trims some of his teammates' hair: "Damn, they found out about me."

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Level zero: A few weeks ago, before the Atlanta Falcons acquired quarterback Bobby Hebert, Falcon Coach Jerry Glanville was asked what the New Orleans Saints would be like without Hebert.

"Nothing. Absolutely nothing," Glanville said. "They'd be nothing without that guy."

Bulletin board material for next season?

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Candlestick crazies: From "Baseball's Even Greater Insults": Cincinnati pitcher Rob Dibble says of Candlestick Park: "I think a lot of people from an atomic waste plant explosion filtered into San Francisco. I think they put all the mutant people down there. They hit you with rocks, bottles and cans the whole game. You feel like you're at a carnival and people are throwing balls at you."

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Nostalgia: The Durham (N.C.) Bulls are playing their final season in Durham Athletic Park, which was built in 1939.

The Bulls, popularized in the movie, "Bull Durham," will move to a new 7,500-seat ballpark next season in the Durham area.

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Trivia answer: They all played major league baseball.

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Quotebook: Carlton Fisk after bickering and re-signing with the Chicago White Sox: "Put my name in the lineup and I'll be there. They've tried to kill me before. I won't die."

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