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April 28, 1991

Jordan autographs raise the roof

Chicago Bulls announcer John Kerr has an interesting perspective on the $19,500 spent on two Michael Jordan-autographed jerseys at the National Basketball Association team's charity event last week. Said Kerr: "That's more than my first house cost."

Malaprop Matte

Because of concern over the possible effects of a cloud created by a fire at a nearby chemical plant, the second day of the recent Mickey Mantle Celebrity Invitational golf tournament in Georgia was canceled. Celebrities such as Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra were driven to the Atlanta airport, presuming golf was out of the question.

A few hours later, when the cloud dispersed without causing a health hazard, some were back on the course. Among those were former Baltimore Colt Tom Matte, ready with clubs and an explanation for the minor panic that had chased some away.

"It was," he said, "one of those Grenoble things."

Hot Hornets tickets

In basketball-crazy North Carolina, four anonymous bidders reportedly paid $97,500 for the rights to buy 10 season tickets to Charlotte Hornet games. The fee did not include the price of the tickets, which formerly belonged to a bankrupt real estate developer and were auctioned off at a restaurant. One bidder spent $61,000 for the right to a pair of tickets two rows back at center court.

Said bankruptcy court trustee A. Burton Shuford: "Some of them are so close, you can get spit on by Charles Barkley."

Starting when?

Tight end Keith Jackson of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles said he is determined to be less controversial and has been refusing interviews.

This comes after he called owner Norman Braman "a moron."

Bragging rights

Chicago White Sox manager Jeff Torborg's son, Dale, went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Northwestern in a recent 8-6 baseball win against Illinois State. The losing pitcher? Casey Fisk, son of White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. They never faced each other, but Casey, in a relief role, suffered this embarrassment: While intentionally walking a Wildcats batter, he threw the ball 10 feet over the catcher's head, and a run scored.

Skirting the record for steals

Rickey Henderson will break baseball's stolen-base record sometime soon, but he'll never duplicate the feat of baseball's all-time base thief.

Not unless the Oakland speedster puts on a skirt.

Sophie Kurys stole 1,114 bases during a 14-year career in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league in the 1940s and 1950s.

4 And she's kept an eye on Henderson's record run.

"Rickey goes in headfirst, but you can really hurt yourself that way," Kurys said. "He's a good player, but he's too arrogant. If anyone acted that cocky in our league, we'd really ride him. I don't like the way he snatches at the ball when he catches it. I've seen Dave Parker do the same thing and drop it. It's a pretty easy way to make yourself look silly."

The quote

David Robinson of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, after being the subject of a feature article in the April issue of Playboy: "When my mom comes over and cleans up and sees it sitting around, I can say, 'But, Mom, I'm in that one.' "

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