SBD/Issue 198/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

ANDREW MORBITZER, who caught Giants LF BARRY BONDS’ 715th home run, will sell the ball on eBay starting July 24. Experts have said that the ball is “expected to fetch around $100,000 at auction, far less than the $500,000 some experts say it could have commanded absent the controversy surrounding Bonds” (AP, 7/12).

THREE UP: The BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA announced the finalists for its annual J.G. TAYLOR SPINK AWARD, presented at July’s Baseball HOF induction ceremony in Cooperstown. The finalists are the late MORRIS SIEGEL, who worked for several DC-area newspapers; RICK HUMMEL of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and NICK PETERS of the Sacramento Bee (Baltimore SUN, 7/12).

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: NESN analyst JERRY REMY has written a children’s book titled “HELLO, WALLY” about Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster. The book is part of Mascot Books’ Sports Legends Children’s Book Series, which includes titles for the Yankees (by YOGI BERRA), Mets (RUSTY STAUB), Univ. of Georgia (VINCE DOOLEY), Auburn Univ. (PAT DYE), Univ. of Alabama (KEN STABLER), Virginia Tech (CHERYL and FRANK BEAMER) and BYU (PAT and LAVELL EDWARDS) (Mascot Books).

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT: ANDREW FIRESTONE, great-grandson of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Founder HARVEY FIRESTONE, will serve as grand marshal of Saturday’s IRL Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/12)....Actor CUBA GOODING JR. has optioned a script “billed as ‘Slap Shot’ meets ‘Bull Durham.’” The project is being directed by DAVID ANSPAUGH. Meanwhile, PLAYERS INC is tabbing NFLers for an “acting competition TV show with the winner appearing in a yet-to-be-named soap opera” (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 7/17 issue).

BEST WISHES: An infection in Kentucky Derby winner BARBARO’s left hind leg “may be more serious than first thought.” Barbaro co-Owner GRETCHEN JACKSON said that tests had identified a bacterial infection that surgeon Dr. DEAN RICHARDSON “hoped he had cleaned out during a three-hour operation late Saturday.” The leg is not the one injured during this year’s Preakness Stakes (N.Y. TIMES, 7/12).

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