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Published May 9, 1995
Braves Pitchers TOM GLAVINE and JOHN SMOLTZ are trying to raise money through players donations for the widow and infant daughter of replacement player DAVE SHOTKOSKI, who was murdered in a robbery attempt during spring training ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 5/8)....According to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's TERRY ARMOUR, there is a "huge contingent" of Univ. of Michigan fans pushing for MIKE DITKA to be the school's next football coach (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8)....ERNIE BANKS, has been hired by HA-LO industries of Niles, IL to be a National Sales Executive and Company Spokesperson (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8)....Royal Caribbean has hired PGA Senior Tour Star GARY PLAYER as its spokesperson (MIAMI HERALD, 5/8).... DALLAS MORNING NEWS baseball beat writers GERRY FRALEY and JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR are learning spanish in an attempt to better communicate with MLB's Latin players. Fraley: "It's never going to break a story. But it gives you a little more rapport" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/7)....Former Chicago Bear DAVE DUERSON has purchased Brooks Sausage Co. and changed the name to Fair Oaks Farm Co. Brooks had $30M in annual sales and is "one of the nation's largest black-owned food companies" (CHICAGO SUN- TIMES, 5/8)....Six sporting goods execs have been confirmed as speakers for the first Retailer Financial Forum at the NSGA World Sports Expo in Chicago on Monday, July 17. They are: BRIAN CARMACK, President, Pro Image, Inc.; MERVYN BENJET, CFO Rentrak Corp., parent company of Pro Image, Inc.; ANDREW HOCHBERG, President, Sportmart Inc.; ALVIN LUBETKIN, Vice-Chair & CEO, Oshman's Sporting Goods; RALPH PARKS, President FOOTACTION USA; and HAROLD RUTTENBERG, President, Just For Feet (NSGA)....The 10th annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular has announced its award winners. Among them: RAUL MONDESI, '94 NL Rookie of the Year, Football Man of the Year JUNIOR SEAU, and Lifetime Achievement Awards to JOE NAMATH and GEORGE FOREMAN (Cedars Sinai).