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Inside Out

The Mantle family is not pleased that Peter Golenbock’s “7: The Mickey Mantle Novel” has new life. Lyons Press said it would publish the title April 3. The book is so controversial that New York Magazine, in an article titled “Even Bitches Have Feelings,” said it drove HarperCollins to fire Judith Regan, the acerbic publisher who followed the O.J. Simpson “If” debacle with the intention to publish “7,” a book she never even read,
Spike TV will show big eaters like
Thomas scarfing it up in Savannah.
according to Vanity Fair. Danny Mantle, who called his mention in the acknowledgments ludicrous and offensive, told acquaintances, “Golenbock likes to tell people he was friends with dad. A friend would never do this. He should be ashamed.” … Ron Baron played Little League on Long Island, was equipment manager for the St. John’s baseball team and freshman basketball team under Lou Carnesecca and has been a sports lawyer and marketer in Dallas for more than 20 years. But founding and funding the Continental Baseball League, a Class A-equivalent minor league, which begins its inaugural season with four Texas teams in May, “is a dream come true.” Teams will play in suburban Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Bob Ibach, Jay Johnstone and Laura Kath will work with Baron, who can still name most of the ’69 Mets, loves minor league baseball because it’s family entertainment, and can’t wait to involve his 12-year-old daughter, Elissa. … Art Shamsky learned to shout “you’re blind” in Hebrew as an initial duty in managing one of six Israel Baseball League teams for its inaugural season, which starts June 24. Ron Blomberg and Ken Holtzman, who said, “It will make my mother happy,” are also managers. League founder Larry Baras and former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette along with founding commissioner Daniel Kurtzer (former U.S. ambassador to Israel) held a New York news conference. On hand was Leon Feingold, a 6-foot-6 pitcher who competes in the International Federation of Competitive Eaters. … Spike TV execs Brian Diamond and Peter Symuleski arranged to televise Starch Madness, Major League Eating’s St. Patrick’s Day event in Savannah, Ga. Competitors including Takeru Kobayashi, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, “Humble” Bob Shoudt and Timothy “Eater X” Janus will consume corned beef and cabbage, jalapenos and green donuts. Major League Eating was developed by IFOCE, which was established by Richard and George Shea, who have represented Nathan’s Famous for nearly two decades.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is first in
line for the dunk tank at the Flyers
Wives Fight for Lives Carnival.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren actually volunteered to do dunk-tank duty at the 30th Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival. “I liked doing it when I was a player. I think it’s a lot of fun.” Holmgren said the Carnival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation. It has raised nearly $20 million over 29 years. … After Mike Golic Jr. committed to Notre Dame football in a phone call to coach Charlie Weis from Pisa, Italy, where he was on a class trip, Mike Golic Sr. of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” radio show said, “I’m a proud father.” The senior Golic and brothers Greg and Bob were all Fighting Irish football players. “There’s lots of love for Notre Dame in our house. My son has been collecting Notre Dame merchandise since he was a kid. If he didn’t go there, we would have had one hell of a yard sale.”

Allen Hopkins, who works MLS sidelines for ESPN and the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Galaxy, set up a private screening of “Goal II” for MLS execs. Don Garber, Doug Quinn, Kathy Carter, Dan Courtemanche, Dave Wright and Stu Crystal saw the second in a trilogy of soccer-themed feature films in the Tribeca Grand Hotel screening room. Hopkins handles biz development for Milkshake Films and is the executive producer of the “Goal” series starring Kuno Becker. … Galaxy President and GM Alexi Lalas and midfielder Cobi Jones read Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” to elementary students in Carson, Calif., the first session in the club’s Get a Kick Out of Reading literacy program. … Chuck Blazer, the U.S. member on FIFA’s executive committee, led delegations organizing 2008 women’s competitions to New Zealand, where he met Prime Minister Helen Clark, and then to Chile, where he met President Michelle Bachelet.

As chief of medicine at the U.S. Open, Dr. Brian Hainline has interesting stories, like the inebriated fan who fell asleep at the food court and woke up with a buzzing in his ear. A physical exam produced a precise diagnosis: “Attached to his left eardrum was a moth valiantly attempting to escape.” The USTA board member has been ranked No. 2 among East Coast players over 50 and No. 1 in the father-son category with son Arthur. Medicus Press published his book “Back Pain Understood.” It’s not tennis-themed, but Hainline tells of managing Andre Agassi’s back pain at last year’s Open and encouraging Pete Sampras to withdraw in 1999, opposite treatment because of context. He said, “Too many doctors ignore context.” Sampras had two more Grand Slams to win and Agassi was retiring. … Workers at The Tennis Channel Open ticket window in Las Vegas were stunned when Agassi insisted on paying $30 for admission. He sat with former coach Brad Gilbert and Gilbert’s new student Andy Murray.               

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