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THE INSIDE TRACK | MORNING BRIEFING

But Can He Spit Tobacco Like Dykstra?

June 29, 1998|JIM HODGES

Most people in baseball figure the Ivy League has something to do with the outfield walls in Wrigley Field, but Doug Glanville is giving Philadelphians a bit of an education.

It's not that they don't know about Penn, an Ivy League school that is better known for its business school than its baseball team, but the idea of a center fielder from there making the trek across town to the Phillies' lineup is more than novel.

Glanville has replaced Lenny Dykstra, a player as far removed from the Ivy League as you can get, and that gives Glanville an opportunity for postgraduate research. His senior thesis was on building a ballpark across the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia.

"I'll go out and shag balls with him in center field, and he talks about zoning plans and rerouting the traffic for a new stadium," Philadelphia utility man Rex Hudler said. "I'm like, 'This is awesome. Let me get my notebook and pencil.' I'm trying to get on his good side so he might hire me someday."

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Etched in tape: During a rain delay at Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic walked into the locker room, turned on the television and saw that the BBC was replaying his 1992 finals loss to Andre Agassi.

Writes Bill Glauber of the Baltimore Sun:

"I was watching the whole last set, and I thought, 'Maybe I'm going to win,' " Ivanisevic said. "But I didn't. Same result. I was still nervous. I thought maybe I could do something different. But nothing."

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Trivia time: How many players appear on the PGA Tour's top 100 list of money winners and top 25 tournament winners?

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Every dog has his day: Peter Ueberroth, on being commissioner of baseball: "I'm not very smart. I think I can prove that. Who would accept a job with Marge Schott's dog, Ted Turner and George Steinbrenner as your boss?"

Apparently Bud Selig, now that Schott's dog is out of the picture.

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Once upon a time: Wrote Jacques Barzun in 1954:

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game--and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams."

Sadly, it was written before cable television.

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Plus salary: The top 10 sports endorsement earners, according to Sports Marketing Letter's "10 most wanted" spokesmen list, with June 1998-May 1999 projections:

Michael Jordan ($42 million), Tiger Woods ($30 million), Shaquille O'Neal ($28 million), Arnold Palmer ($23 million), Jack Nicklaus ($19 million), Grant Hill ($15 million), Cal Ripken Jr. ($9.75 million), Dale Earnhardt ($8.5 million), Ken Griffey Jr. ($6.5 million) and Jeff Gordon ($5.5 million).

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What's in a number? Roger Maris' No. 8, worn in 1953 with Fargo-Moorhead of the Northern League, was retired Saturday. Maris wore No. 9 when he set the major league home run record with the Yankees.

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Trivia answer: Only Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Johnny Miller, Raymond Floyd and Lee Trevino are on both lists.

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