By the Orange County, Calif., district attorney on four felony counts for placing explosive devices in various public places, the heretofore omnipresent Rockin' Rollen Stewart. Stewart, who has appeared in a multicolored Afro wig at sporting events since the late 1970s, holding a sign reading JOHN 3:16, is suspected by police to be responsible for setting off several foul-smelling smoke bombs, such as the one that exploded at the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman title fight. In April, Stewart was briefly detained by authorities after he allegedly triggered an air horn as Jack Nicklaus was about to putt on the 16th green at the Masters.
As chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters golf tournament, Hord Hardin, 79. Hardin, who in 1979 became only the third chairman in the club's 60-year history, said that age was the primary factor for his stepping down. He will be replaced by investment executive Jack Stephens of Little Rock, Ark., who is 67.
Seven-hundred-and-sixty dollars, by the Kansas City Royals-to-Boston Red Sox slugger Jack Clark, for destroying a dugout toilet in Royals Stadium on April 26, following an 0-for-4 performance in Boston's 5-3 loss that evening. Clark used a 34-inch black Louisville Slugger on the commode, which, it happened, was the replacement john for the one Joaquin Andujar demolished during the 1985 World Series.
Into Mario Lemieux's swimming pool, the Stanley Cup, two days after Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the NHL title with an 8-0 win over the Minnesota North Stars. The Cup spent its first night in Pittsburgh on goalie Tom Barrasso's front lawn and was then driven to Lemieux's house where, mysteriously, it wound up at the bottom of his 10-foot-deep pool during a team party. It took three Penguins to bring the grail back to the surface. Said left wing Phil Bourque of the Cup: "I think it had a good time."
June 9, 1991
As Babe Ruth in the movie biography The Babe, actor John Goodman. The film, which recently began production, is being shot primarily in Chicago because the Windy City has more Prohibition-era architecture than New York City, where Ruth played for the Yankees. Wrigley Field will be slightly reconfigured to pose as both the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium. As for Goodman, he underwent a not-so-minor reconfiguration of his own, being one of a very select company of actors who actually had to lose weight (60 pounds) to play the Bambino.
In the supporting role of Ty Cobb in another Ruth bio, Pete Rose. The made-for-TV movie The Babe Ruth Story will begin shooting this month in Cleveland, whose Cleveland Stadium looks more like the old Yankee Stadium than the renovated House That Ruth Built in New York does, but as SI went to press it was unclear if the baseball commissioner would allow the suspended Rose to wear an exact replica of the uniform worn by the Georgia Peach. If not, Rose will wear an approximation of the uniform.