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SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2001
As Cal Ripken enters the final lap of his farewell tour, merchandisers are gearing up for what they hope will be a burst of buying. About 60 different products, from autographed balls to collectible trading cards and miniature bases, have been licensed under a unique joint venture among Ripken, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The effort reflects the growing sophistication of "milestone marketing," a specialty within the memorabilia industry that has come of age along with Ripken.
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NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2000
Amid hip-high weeds and scraps of torn turf, nearly 100 sports-connected folks convened yesterday at Memorial Stadium to share tales and a curtain-call farewell to Baltimore's venerable field of past dreams. As VIP guests of the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Babe Ruth Museum, they toured the 46-year-old stadium for a final assessment of what should be saved or sold before the facility is razed to make way for a planned senior citizen housing community and a YMCA aquatics and gymnastics center.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | October 18, 2009
Sunrise, sunset. The actor known by just his last name - Topol - first played the part of Tevye the Milkman in "Fiddler on the Roof" in Tel Aviv in 1966, when he was 30 years old. Some 44 years later, he will play Tevye for the twenty-seven-hundred-and-somethingth time when he opens Tuesday at the Hippodrome Theatre in what is being billed as his farewell tour. "I stopped counting after I reached 2,500 performances," Topol says over the phone. "This is one of the five best parts ever written for a male actor-singer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
"The Phantom of the Opera" returned to the Hippodrome Theatre Friday night with its famed chandelier looming impressively over the audience, and its boogie-man, descending-scale tune for the title character booming ominously into the house. For the uninitiated, this tour — said to be the final one for the original production — should provide all the sensory appeal that helped turn this Andrew Lloyd Webber show into the ultimate musical cash cow (more than $5 billion grossed worldwide, over 80 million people served since 1986 )
SPORTS
By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2005
Did you hear the one about the coach who went 8-50 in his first two seasons but lived happily ever after? "Who gets to stick around after a start like that?" Vermont's Tom Brennan said. "I'm such a dinosaur. It's like I won the lottery, and I get to pay everyone back. The Tom Brennan farewell tour couldn't be going better." That captivating college basketball story makes a stop at UMBC tonight, where the Catamounts (15-3) will try to extend a 12-game winning streak and their dominance of the America East conference.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2003
The Michael Jordan "Love Across America" tour officially commenced with the gaudy halftime celebration at Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. The question now is whether the love for Jordan will wash over the Washington Wizards as they emerge from the All-Star break. As Jordan winds down his 15th and announced final season, he is bound to face some level of tribute at just about every NBA city he and the Wizards visit between now and the end of the regular season in mid-April. For his sake, but more importantly for the health of Washington's up-and-down playoff chances, Jordan has to hope that he and his team will be able to balance the adulation with the task of winning.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
ESPN is bringing its Sunday Night Baseball crew to Baltimore this week to cover the final stop of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's farewell tour at Camden Yards and, oh yeah, to showcase the first-place Orioles, who entered Friday's game 10 games up on the second-place Toronto Blue Jays and 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in baseball. ESPN was kind enough to hook us up with Sunday Night Baseball announcer Dan Shulman, who has called the Sunday showcases since 2011 and is one of the best in the game.
SPORTS
By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
It took a while, but New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera finally got his sendoff in what was likely his final appearance at Camden Yards. A rain delay pushed back the Orioles' ceremony honoring the retiring Rivera. But when the future Hall of Famer trotted out toward the mound before Thursday night's game - an odd sight for a player best known best for his presence at the end of games - he was met with a standing ovation. Orioles manager Buck Showalter presented Rivera with a gift from the organization, a bronze sculpture of a bat and ball, before hugging him. The piece shows the ball hitting the bat underneath the barrel, with the bat beginning to break, an homage to the success Rivera has had jamming hitters over his 19-year career.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | October 9, 2003
Justin Timberlake / 9:30 Club With a multi-platinum solo disc, a beautiful actress girlfriend and a legion of fans who dig his tame brand of R&B, Justin Timberlake has become one of the biggest pop stars this year. You almost forget that he was once a Mouseketeer. He plays the 9:30 Club Monday night at 10. Tickets, available through www.tickets.com are $45. Cher / MCI Center It is perhaps the longest, most overblown farewell tour in pop history. Cher stops in the area -- again -- to dazzle us with her throaty vocals and Alice in Wonderland-like costumes.
SPORTS
By Joe Strauss | September 30, 2001
UP -- Tony Batista A minor adjustment in his unorthodox stance has made him a threat again. Credit Batista for not dumping a tough season. Credit hitting coach Terry Crowley with the suggestion. Now about shortstop ... EVEN -- Peter Angelos Where will the majority owner watch Saturday's Ripken farewell - from his luxury bunker or on the field, where he was last seen in 1995? UP -- Sean Douglass He and fellow young arms Rick Bauer and Jorge Julio have given September meaning ... and next February an air of suspense.
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