June 6, 1987
The Boston Celtics have been so plagued by maladies that even their broadcaster thought he had become a victim. Writes Buddy Martin of the Denver Post: "Gravel-throated Johnny Most went to see team physician Thomas Silva the other day, complaining of deafness. The longtime voice of the Celtics said that he began noticing the loss of hearing about 18 months ago. "Dr. Silva made a quick check of Most's ear and discovered a TV earplug, which he extracted.
June 11, 1987
Magic Johnson keeps telling everyone how he discovered a sky hook this season with the help of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but don't tell that to Julius Erving. Or Darryl Dawkins. Or any of the other Philadelphia 76ers he torched for 42 points as a rookie in Game 6 of the 1979-80 NBA finals.
September 11, 1995 |
Paul Newman, who does not give out autographs, was riding his motorbike along the fence at a recent Indy car race when he noticed a spectator waving a piece of paper at him. "Hey, fella, can you get Mario [Andretti] to sign this for me?" the fan yelled through the fence. The Oscar-winning actor and car owner couldn't resist. He took the paper, rode his bike to the garage, got Andretti's autograph and returned with it. "Hey, thanks, pal," the fan said.
June 14, 1996 |
All Doug Linton did was pitch a two-hitter into the seventh inning for the Royals on Thursday night at Kansas City. Forget that. "It's Cal Ripken's day," Linton said after the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-2. Every day is Ripken's day, at least for the last 2,215 days the Orioles have played. That ties a world record, set by Sachio Kinugasa between 1970-87 in Japan, and Ripken can break it tonight.
June 3, 1996 |
Everything is going so poorly for Angel left-hander Jim Abbott at the moment, switch-hitter Robbie Alomar of the Baltimore Orioles is batting left-handed against him. "I don't know if I want to talk about it," Alomar said after Sunday's game at Anaheim Stadium, having raised his average to .399.
June 17, 1996 |
We'll never know how they would fare against the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers, 1972 Lakers, 1986 Boston Celtics or any of the other great NBA teams, but the only thing that matters today is that the Chicago Bulls are better than the 1996 Seattle SuperSonics. . . . A lot of people, particularly those in Pacific Northwest coffee houses, will choose to remember this series more for the two games the SuperSonics won while facing elimination than the four the Bulls won. . . .
June 17, 1996 |
No wonder they call it the U.S. Open. . . . Steve Jones became the 14th American winner of the event in the last 15 years, Ernie Els of South Africa having won in 1994. . . . I thought the comeback-a-day Angels had the Toronto Blue Jays just where they wanted them when the Canadian club scored two runs in the first inning Sunday at Anaheim Stadium. . . .
September 21, 1998 |
He didn't do it because he was hurt. He didn't do it because he was tired. Providing a fitting conclusion to a splendid summer of baseball sportsmanship, Cal Ripken Jr. willingly grabbed the most publicized piece of bench in sports history Sunday. Simply because it was right. Faced with declining skills, avoiding a potentially bitter fight with his beloved Baltimore Orioles, Ripken walked into his boss' office Sunday and asked for a day off. His first after 2,632 consecutive games.
April 6, 1996 |
It's still early, but Cal Ripken doesn't seem too beaten down by his pursuit of Sachio Kinugasa's world record for consecutive games played. Two hits in the opener, two more Wednesday night, the game-tying double in Thursday's come-from-behind, 5-3 victory over Kansas City. Imagine how Ripken will erupt if he ties Kinugasa's record of 2,215 consecutive games on June 12, and breaks it June 13.
July 9, 1989 |
The concept of kamikaze pilots has most certainly baffled the American mind ever since World War II. Loyalty to one's country is one thing; suicide on its behalf entirely another. So it is ironic that one of the best explanations of that Japanese approach to fighting a war comes in a book on the game of baseball, "You Gotta Have Wa (team harmony)" by Robert Whiting. In Whiting's book, baseball is everything to the Japanese, including war.