Mary (Mamie) Ruth Moberly, 91; in Hagerstown, Md. Like her older brother, George Herman, Mamie spent her childhood in an apartment over Ruth's Cafe, the Baltimore saloon their parents operated in what is now centerfield of the Orioles' new Camden Yards ballpark. Her most difficult chore: Making sure the future Babe went to school each day. It proved to be an impossible assignment, which only served to endear him to her. Moberly was fiercely proud of her incorrigible brother, defending him at every opportunity. "You know, they always said he was a bad boy," she told PEOPLE in 1985. "But he wasn't. He was just mischievous."
By Jan Zelezny of what may or may not be called Czechoslovakia by the time you read this, a javelin, to a world-record distance of 310'10", at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Zelezny beat the old mark, set by Steve Backley of Great Britain earlier this year, by 10'9". "I am quite surprised," said Zelezny, who suffers from chronic back pain.
Richard Petty, in his final appearance as a driver at Daytona International Speedway. "This President comes to greet a king," said George Bush, on hand for a prerace ceremony honoring Petty, 55, who is retiring this year. Asked if he had any political advice for Bush, Petty, a staunch Republican, said, "Hang in there. He's got a long, hot race, just like the rest of us." Petty set a poor example, dropping out of the Pepsi 400 after 82 laps because of exhaustion.
To stud, '92 Preakness winner Pine Bluff, winner of more than $2 million in his brief racing career. The 3-year-old tore a ligament in his left foreleg during a workout June 22, and his veterinarian concluded last week that the injury would not heal and could not be surgically repaired.
July 12, 1992
To qualify for Kenya's Olympic track team, 1988 gold medalists Paul Ereng, Peter Rono, Julius Kariuki and John Ngugi, reigning world champions Billy Konchellah, Moses Tanui and Moses Kiptanui, and world-record-holding steeplechaser Peter Koech. The Olympic trials in Nairobi showcased a new wave of world-class talent, including a pair of 20-year-olds, Richard Chelimo (10,000 meters) and Matthew Birir (3,000-meter steeplechase). Marveled Yobes Ondieki, 31, winner of the 5,000 meters and the only Kenyan world champion to advance to Barcelona: "How the mighty have fallen."
Financial obstacles faced by New Zealand Olympic swimmer Toni Jeffs, following a benefit at a Wellington strip joint at which four women and two men doffed their duds, raising $2,700 to cover Jeffs's expenses for a trip to Europe for pre-Games competitions. "Good, clean entertainment," said Jeffs, who was not part of the act.