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Published October 19, 1995
WILD WING, the Mighty Ducks' mascot, narrowly avoided incineration at last night's Ducks-Canucks game. While attempting a leap through a "hellish wall of flames," the mascot stumbled on the trampoline that was supposed to propel him through the hoop and landed face first on the bed of flames. The gas jets were extinguished before any serious damage occurred (L.A. TIMES, 10/19)....Cleveland's OREL HERSHISER was interviewed on "Good Morning America." On the importance of the World Series to the state of the game: "We think it's very, very important to have a great Series and get some great p.r. and get people thinking baseball again -- finding out that they can't live without baseball" (ABC, 10/19)....Dolphins DT TIM BOWENS is seeking more than $2M in actual and punitive damages in a suit filed yesterday against Option Plus, Inc., an investment advisory firm. Bowens claims he gave the company $389,000 to invest but has not received any statements, reports or other info (MIAMI HERALD, 10/19)....VERNON BELLECOURT, President of the Nat'l Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, on those who say the Indians and Braves names and logos honor Native Americans: "They always say they're honoring us. That's the same as if the Nazis had won the war and years later had 'honored' their victims by naming a soccer team the Berlin Jews" (N.Y. POST, 10/19)....HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH will perform a benefit concert for the BOOMER ESIASON HEROES FOUNDATION (Esiason Foundation)....CAL RIPKEN JR. and HANK AARON will throw out the first pitches of Games One and Two respectively of the World Series. DARIUS RUCKER of Hootie and TRISHA YEARWOOD will perform the Anthem before Games 1 and 2 respectively (MLB)...."Sports View" profiled Indians GM JOHN (CNBC, 10/18)...."ET" profiled JOE MONTANA signing copies of his auotobiography in New York ("ET," 10/18).