Who's who, anyway?What do former track star Jim Ryun and...

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April 20, 1991

Who's who, anyway?

What do former track star Jim Ryun and Japanese bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasato have in common? Hold onto your hats, but they were among a handful of people deleted in the "1991 World Book Encyclopedia."

On the other hand, seven sports figures were added to the new edition: Red Auerbach, Boris Becker, Nadia Comaneci, Pete Maravich, Joe Montana, Wilma Rudolph and Nolan Ryan. You have to wonder what took so long for Auerbach, architect of the Celtics' great success starting in the 1950s. Michael Jordan (1988) and Magic Johnson (1989) were entries before him.

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