Be easy on him, dadNolan Ryan will give it his all, but...

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April 02, 1991

Be easy on him, dad

Nolan Ryan will give it his all, but for the first time he'll be pulling against his teammates.

Ryan, the 44-year-old Texas Rangers ace, will be serving up "senior heat" at 96 mph tonight against the Texas Longhorns and his 18-year-old son, Reid, who will be firing "junior heat" at 88 mph against the American Leaguers.

It's the first known mound duel between a major-league pitcher and his son. According to the Society of American Baseball Research, there have been 122 cases in major-league history in which both a father and son or sons have played in a major-league regular season game. The only father-son combination to appear in the big leagues at the same time is Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

"This is a different situation than what I've ever been in," the senior Ryan said yesterday. "I'll approach it as any other game when I'm pitching, but when I'm on the bench I'll be pulling against my teammates."

Get ready, set, drop your clothes, go

Members of 10 university track teams broke out of the starting blocks and away from their clothes early Sunday during the 2nd annual Nude Relays held secretly on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. Sunday's competition followed a post-game party for the 48th annual Florida Relays. About 45 naked runners participated in the 2:30 a.m. race. The races ended about an hour later when the lights of Percy Beard Track were turned on and the runners, both male and female, were revealed.

The Nude Relays involved members of about 10 university teams and friends running a 4x400 meter relay without clothes, shoes, or batons, said Phil Wharton, a former UF track team member and Nude Relay racer. "People were really into being naked," he said.

There were no official times kept for the event, although Wharton said "Villanova won pretty much."

Said one witness: "One guy was flying. I guess without any clothes on, he didn't have any extra weight holding him down."

Hole in one, not in his pocket

Most people can only dream of winning $1 million, and most golfers can only fantasize about hitting a hole-in-one. Both dreams came true at the same time for Ray Wilkerson, 41 of Harlingen, Texas.

He made the shot during the Pizza Hut Million Dollar Hole-in-One Contest on Sunday afternoon in the South Texas Health Care Foundation Golf Classic in Mission, Texas. Wilkerson parlayed an 8-iron tee shot 150 yards, 2 feet, into the No. 5 cup to win the money.

The National Hole-in-One Insurance Association will pay Wilkerson $25,000 a year for the next 40 years.

The quote

Vice President Dan Quayle, speaking from Indianapolis, where he attended last night's National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship game: "By the time you're 2 years old, whether you're a boy or a girl, in Indiana you have a basketball. You either get a hoop or your neighbor does."

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