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First Thing He Should Negotiate Is Higher Percentage for Himself

MORNING BRIEFING

May 18, 1995|EARL GUSTKEY

If Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO, were paid at the same rate as Donald Fehr, head of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., he would earn $8.9 billion a year.

As it is, Fehr's annual salary of $950,000 breaks down to a $678.57 contribution from each major league player. Kirkland's per-member contribution: 1 1/2 cents.

The Amateur Athletic Foundation broke down some sports union chiefs' salary numbers and also found that Charles Grantham, former NBA players' association chief who resigned last month, was making $1,458.88 per player for an annual salary of $550,000.

The highest paid union chief: Gene Upshaw of the NFL Players Assn., at $1,236,443, or $727.32 a player.

Kirkland's salary, by the way, is $204,672.

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Trivia time: What do Jim Fregosi, Barry Bonds and Gregg Jefferies have in common?

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Great bat, bad quotes: Shortstop Tim Jorgensen of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh hit six home runs and drove in 16 runs recently in a doubleheader against Wisconsin Eau Clair, then had this to say afterward:

"I feel pretty comfortable at the plate, but I know there are still things I have to work on."

Jorgensen, who went six for 11, has 37 homers and 111 runs batted in this season, both NCAA Division III records. He's batting .496.

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Best and next best: Defensive coordinator Al Groh of the New England Patriots on Joe Montana and Dan Marino as decision-makers:

"To me, Montana didn't have the great career because of his physical skills, he did what he did because of great decision-making.

"He knew where he wanted to go with the ball before it was snapped. Marino is the same way. In my book, they are 1-2, the best I ever saw, at making the quick decision and the right decision at the same time."

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Cultural leap: John Helyer in the Wall Street Journal on the Rams' move to St. Louis: "Can they really adjust from having Disneyland as a neighbor to the Bowling Hall of Fame?"

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Looking back: On this date in 1979, Dave Kingman of the Cubs hit three home runs and Mike Schmidt of the Phillies two, as Philadelphia beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 23-22. The slugfest included 11 home runs and 50 hits.

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For what it's worth: No basketball player from any men's or women's Final Four team was among the top 20 nationally in scoring or rebounding.

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Trivia answer: All went to the same high school, San Mateo Serra.

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Quotebook: The late Tommy Prothro, commenting on a know-it-all sportswriter: "I don't know how much he knows about football, but I'd sure like to coach against him."

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