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Former Blue Jay GM PAT GILLICK was named GM of the Orioles yesterday (Mult., 11/28). After Gillick's hiring, it was learned that O's Asst GM FRANK ROBINSON offered his resignation several weeks ago, but Owner PETER ANGELOS would not accept it. Robinson, who praised Gillick's hiring, said it was likely he would soon resign (Baltimore SUN, 11/28). ....Easton promoted MIKE VAN ALSTYNE to VP/Sales. He had previously served as National Sales Manager (Easton).... According to Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE's Sid Hartman, a leading candidate for Twins VP/Marketing is local "advertising genius" BILL HILLSMAN. While working for Sen. Paul Wellstone's senate campaign, Hillsman wrote the politically famous "Looking for Rudy" TV ads (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/27)....JEFF JORDAN has been promoted to VP & CFO of The Disney Store (L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/13 issue)....ANDREW GURTIS has been named Dir of Licensing for Int'l Speedway Corp. Gurtis was marketing director. BARBARA LAWRENCE replaces Gurtis as director (AUTOWEEK, 11/27 issue).
PETER GRAF, the father of STEFFI GRAF, is expected to break his silence and make a statement to German authorities about tax evasion charges he faces (USA TODAY, 11/28).... BURTON HAWKINS, former Public Relations Dir for the Texas Rangers and also a baseball writer for the Washington Star, died yesterday at his home in Arlington, TX. He was 81 (WASHINGTON POST, 11/28)....One-time heavyweight boxing champ JAMES "BONECRUSHER" SMITH was appointed chair of the NC Boxing Commission (N.Y. TIMES, 11/28)....A Philadelphia jury awarded $128,000 in damages for the PHILLIE PHANATIC's "overzealous antics" at a '91 church carnival. The jury awarded the money to Carl Seidel and his wife, Arlene, who alleged the mascot knocked Mr. Seidel down causing a back injury (PHILA. INQUIRER, 11/28)....Suns/DiamondBacks Owner JERRY COLANGELO won the 1995 Phoenix Downtown revitalization award presented by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership (ARIZONA BUSINESS GAZETTE, 11/16 issue)....NBC News reported on a survey which asked adults who or what organizations provide the best and worst examples as role models. Sports figures were not mentioned. Best: youth organizations, teachers, clergy and doctors. Worst: movies, TV, politicians, music industry (NBC, 11/28)....ILIE NASTASE has become a leading member of Romania's ruling party by becoming elected to the party's national council ("Sports View," CNBC, 11/27)....The latest stop on Microsoft's BILL GATES' book tour was the "Late Show" with David Letterman (CBS, 11/27)....The Manhattan U.S. Attorney will file today to retry DON KING on wire fraud charges ("SportsCenter," 11/27).