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July 13, 2009
July 13, 2009

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July 13, 2009

'89 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
WIMBLEDON
BASEBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
'59 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
'69 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
'79 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
'99 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
'09 WHERE WILL THEY BE?
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Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

• WATCH
MLB All-Star Game
Who says U.S. voters are apathetic? Turnout for the '08 election was the highest in 40 years—and this year a record 223.5 million votes were cast online for AL and NL starters. (Watch them on Fox.) An interesting pick was made by AL skipper Joe Maddon. He chose Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, 42, the second-oldest first-time All-Star ever, after Satchel Paige.

This is an article from the July 13, 2009 issue

• WATCH
British Open
Bad news if an American wins the claret jug: It comes with a pay cut. Though the champ's share at Turnberry will be the same 750,000 pounds as in '08, that's $1.2 million at the current exchange rate—down from $1.5 million last year. Padraig Harrington is trying to win his third straight Open, but he missed his fifth straight cut last weekend.

• READ
Satchel
A bio of Satchel Paige sounds futile; the subject kept his age a mystery, much less other details. (For the record, he was born in 1906.) But Larry Tye pulls it off with a well-reported portrait that contrasts Satchel's crowd-pleasing persona with his troubled soul. Satchel, who was stung that he didn't break the color barrier, said don't look back. Readers will be glad Tye did.

• GET TO KNOW
Baseball spouses
There's more to being a major league wife than looking nervous during playoff games, as fans will discover in Baseball Wives: The E! True Hollywood Story (check listings on the E! Network). The show follows six couples—their hopes, dreams, lavish weddings and hectic schedules. Noteworthy: Josh Hamilton's wife, Katie, discusses his battle with drug addiction.

• SPOT
The fake umps
Blue Jays fans know Tim Williams and Joe Farrell, Toronto stockbrokers who sit behind the plate at Rogers Centre in umpire regalia and mimic the real umps' calls. Now they're international stars after taking their act to D.C. and New York, following the Blue Jays to Nationals Park in June and to Yankee Stadium last weekend. Somewhere, Leslie Nielsen is smiling.

• ENJOY, Y'ALL
Summer Redneck Games
If you can spit a watermelon seed for distance and accuracy then you might be a medalist at the Redneck (their word, not ours) Olympics in East Dublin, Ga. Among the other country competitions on July 11: bobbing for pigs' feet and armpit song performances. (Check out summerredneckgames.com.) Somewhere, Jeff Foxworthy is smiling.

The Pop Culture Grid

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Athletes in the mixFavorite Michael Jackson songI wish I could transform into ...I get the chills when I think of ...Bottles of water I drank todayBest tearjerker movie
GORDON BECKHAM White Sox 3BBeat ItMegan Fox's bedMy black lab, DixieThreeSeven Pounds
MIKE PELFREY Mets PThrillerA '67 Mustang GTGhosts15Marley & Me
KATIE SMITH Shock GThrillerAny 6 Series BMWWinning an Olympic gold medalThreeMarley & Me
CC SABATHIA Yankees PBeat ItA Cadillac EscaladeWinning the World SeriesFive, with five more to comeMen of Honor

Inside the Grid

Smith knew Marley & Me would get to her: "I also read the book and cried." Sabathia shed tears watching the 2000 film about the Navy's first African-American master diver, portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. And Beckham's waterworks often run during movies because "I'm way too sensitive."

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (WAKEFIELD)PHOTOJEFF GROSS/GETTY IMAGES (HARRINGTON)PHOTOCOURTESY E! ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION INC. (WIVES)PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (UMPIRE)PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (SABATHIA)PHOTOBILL FRAKES (REDNECK)PHOTO© 20TH CENTURY FOX/EVERETT COLLECTION (MARLEY & ME)PHOTOCOURTESY OF GENERAL MOTORS (ESCALADE)PHOTONOAH GRAHAM/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (SMITH)PHOTOJIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES (PELFREY)PHOTOJERRY LAI/US PRESSWIRE (BECKHAM)PHOTOEVERETT COLLECTION (JACKSON)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (WATER)PHOTO