Not a religious experienceIn 19 years as Mississippi...

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July 14, 1991

Not a religious experience

In 19 years as Mississippi College football coach, John Williams compiled a 124-78-4 record and won an NCAA Division II national title. In May, he was fired. Not enough victories? Did he bend the rules? No, apparently it was because officials at that Baptist school were unhappy that he had been divorced and remarried.

Fountain of youth

In the U.S. National Senior Sports Classic III, in Syracuse, N.Y., 96-year-old Orlando Bernabe lost the 100-meter finals for runners over 85 to a "rookie" qualifier and a 93-year-old. "Maybe I should train, huh?" Bernabe said. "I really never run for anything. I just come and race. These guys have been training, I think. I wish I had known that before I came."

Practice makes perfect

Former heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers, now a minister in Phoenix, has written a book, "Choosing and Loving Your Wife God's Way," explaining the secrets of a happy, healthy marriage. How did a puncher become an expert on matrimony? "I did a lot of research," said Shavers, who was married for his third time in November.

It's supposed to be fun

Little League officials in South Williamsport, Pa., have suspended the Bassett, Calif., senior division team charter after a bench-clearing brawl that involved 40 people and injured two during a game.

The fight occurred Wednesday night in the bottom of the sixth inning of a district tournament loser's bracket game between Bassett and Hacienda Heights, both of which are near Los Angeles. The game was in the senior division -- for ages 13 to 15.

According to Dick Cianfrocca, a Little League administrator who was at the game, Hacienda Heights was winning, 5-2, when the catcher for Bassett took off his helmet and hit the batter across the face.

As the umpire tried to separate the two, he was hit with the bat.

Plate umpire Ernie Arriola suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized.

vTC Witnesses said a Bassett player who had been ejected from the game for throwing a bat after striking out had hit Arriola, Cianfrocca said.

At its worst, about 40 people, including some parents, were on the field in the scuffle.

The manager of the Hacienda Heights team was treated for a head wound suffered when he went to the aid of a player, he said.

Cianfrocca said everyone had left the field by the time sheriff's deputies arrived, but he provided the names of players and a videotape of the game to authorities.

He said he is pressing for the filing of criminal charges.

;/ The game was forfeited to Hacienda Heights.

Making his pitch

Thirty-seven years ago yesterday in the All-Star Game, Red Schoendienst tried to steal home for the National League after pitcher Dean Stone entered the game for the American League in the eighth, but the pitcher's throw got him for the third out of the inning. Virgil Trucks pitched the ninth. And that's how Stone became the winning pitcher in an 11-9 American League victory

-- without throwing a single pitch.

The quote

Newsday's Steve Marcus on how Rotisserie baseball got its name from inventor Dan Okrent and friends in a Manhattan restaurant of the same name: "Preliminary meetings were held in Tony's Italian Kitchen, so the game just missed being called Tony's Italian Kitchen League. Good thing talks weren't held in the bathroom."

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