Retired From organized sausage racing, Mandy Block, who was
knocked to the ground by then Pirates first baseman Randall Simon
while she was wearing an Italian sausage costume during a Brewers
game last July. Block is hanging up her casings to study
psychology at Wisconsin. After Simon whacked her with his bat (he
was fined $432 for disorderly conduct), Block was presented with
a certificate of bravery by the National Hot Dog & Sausage
Council. "I'm proud of it," Block said. "I didn't even know there
was a hot dog council."
Reprimanded For giving a 13-year-old player a "Crybaby Award" at
a team banquet, James Guillen, the basketball coach at
Pleasantville (N.J.) Middle School. Guillen, 24, who also works
as a special-ed teacher at the school, presented Terrence Philo
Jr. with a trophy reading PLEASANTVILLE M.S. 2004 BOYS BASKETBALL
CRYBABY AWARD. According to the boy's father, Terrence Philo Sr.,
the coach told the attendees that his son received the award
because "he begged to get in the game, and all he did was whine."
Guillen is expected to host another awards ceremony and deliver a
new trophy and a public apology to the player.
Requested By heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko, that U.S.
Attorney Daniel Bogden investigate Klitschko's April 10 loss to
Lamon Brewster. The fight in Las Vegas was stopped after the
fifth round when Klitschko, who had dominated the first four
rounds, couldn't pull himself off the canvas after being decked
by Brewster. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, who is the former WBO
heavyweight champion, believes that he was drugged or poisoned.
In a letter to Bogden an attorney for Klitschko noted that a
postfight exam revealed Klitschko's blood sugar was twice the
normal level. And shortly before the fight Brewster's odds
dropped from 11 to 1 to 3 1/2 to 1, indicating that most of the
late money had been bet on the eventual winner. (Though one
experienced bookmaker said, "It doesn't take a lot of money to
move a line in a fight like that.") "I have thought long and hard
about requesting an investigation because I am concerned that the
public ... will see me as making excuses," said Klitschko. "That
is not my intention. I simply want to know the truth."
Died Of leukemia, Darrell Johnson, 75, who in 1975 managed the
Red Sox to within a game of a World Series championship. In Game
7 against the Reds the teams were tied 3-3 in the bottom of the
eighth when Johnson made a pitching move that stood as the most
second-guessed in Boston until Grady Little left Pedro Martinez
on the mound in last year's ALCS. Johnson pulled Jim Willoughby,
who had pitched 111/43 scoreless innings, for a pinch hitter,
forcing him to send rookie Jim Burton to the mound in the ninth.
Burton allowed the deciding run. "There wasn't anything negative
about the Series," Johnson said years later. "The only negative
was that we got beat."
Died Of lung cancer, comedian Alan King, 76. An avid tennis fan
who was a mainstay courtside at the U.S. Open, King brought pro
tennis to Las Vegas in 1972 with the Alan King Tennis Classic,
which ran for more than 15 years and featured a pro-am that
attracted stars such as Bill Cosby and Neil Simon. King won the
tournament once with John Newcombe, but he played less in recent
years as arthritis set in. He continued to work, however, mixing
warm wit with outrage. Said comedian Jerry Stiller, "He was like
a Jewish Will Rogers."