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SCENES FROM A NIGHT AT CAMDEN YARDS

     It was clear that everyone was in a memorabilia-hunting mood
at Baltimore's Camden Yards last night.  After ending an inning
by catching a Ripken pop-up, Angels 2B Rex Hudler sprinted to the
dugout and then straight into the clubhouse clutching the
commemorative ball. ... Overheard on the way out of the stadium:
One fan on Owner Peter Angelos' announcement that the team's
investors would augment the $1.3M raised for research into Lou
Gehrig's Disease:  "For $700,000, we could get a good second
baseman." ... Gifts presented to Ripken included a mahogany pool
table, a Pequot watch, a Waterford crystal vase, a 2131-pound
rock with "2131" inscribed on it, and a new Chevy Tahoe truck.
The $2M endowment for ALS research at Johns Hopkins was made in
Ripken's name. ... The only boos of the night went to President
Clinton (seen on the JumboTRON during Ripken's 5th inning jog
around the ballpark) and to Angelos for his speech during post-
game ceremonies.  Angelos was initially cheered when he was
announced (THE DAILY).
     KING OF LATE NIGHT:  David Letterman:  "Let's put this into
perspective, when Cal Ripken Jr.'s streak began, Elizabeth Taylor
had only been married six times.  That's how long ago it was."
Letterman's Top Ten Horrifying Secrets of Cal Ripken:  10) For
the last year, has eaten nothing but deep fried oriole;  9)
Thinks he's breaking the "Lou Grant" record; 8) Corks his pants;
7) Just like Lassie.  There are five Cal Ripken's.  Each one has
played in only 426 consecutive games; 6) Once planted a bloody
first-baseman's glove; 5) According to Mrs. Ripken, not exactly
an "Iron Man" in the bedroom; 4) Also has a perfect attendance at
the local "Hooters"; 3) Recently considered skipping a game to
attend a John Tesh concert; 2) Has been spotted leaving Marge
Schott's place early in the morning; 1) Two words:  switch hitter
("Late Show," CBS, 9/6).
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