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SBD/Issue 167/Sports Industrialists
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Published May 18, 2009
President Obama Friday Hosted Phillies At
White House To Honor '08 World Series Title
WORDS OF WISDOM: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG yesterday, delivering the commencement address at the Univ. of Wisconsin, talked about "how he dreamed of living a 'baseball life' while a college student." Selig used his story "as an example for graduates, whom he encouraged to dream big and not be afraid of failure." Selig: "In baseball, as in life ... hope and faith are critical to success. Take advantage of these difficult times because if you have hope and faith, if you are smart and tenacious and dedicated and willing to sacrifice, you can make a difference and make this a better world. And don't be afraid of failure" (AP, 5/17).
BACK ON THE ROAD: In N.Y., Charles McGrath wrote late author JACK KEROUAC "obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention," a hobby that "even close friends ... never knew about." Kerouac collected stats and notes, which are now part of the Jack Kerouac Archive at the Berg Collection of the N.Y. Public Library, and the library this week will publish "KEROUAC AT BAT: FANTASY SPORTS & THE KING OF THE BEATS." The 75-page collection, written by curator ISAAC GEWIRTZ, will be on sale exclusively at the library's gift shop, "at least for now" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/16).
SITTING DUCK: Ducks GM BOB MURRAY Thursday night after Red Wings-Ducks Game Seven at Joe Louis Arena was interviewed by Detroit police, "but was not charged" after TV stage manager RACHEL PARIS claimed that Murray "hit her in the left chest, arm and shoulder with a chair" following the Ducks' loss. Murray denied throwing a chair at Paris, and said, "It was a complete accident. I've spoken with her and cleared it all up" (L.A. TIMES, 5/16).
Actors Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Attend
Sunday's Celtics-Magic Game Seven In Boston