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Posted: Friday December 14, 2001 3:18 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Other examples of sports figures with resume problems:
Danny Almonte, Rolando Paulino Baby Bombers
Danny Almonte created quite a stir last summer.AP
Featuring a sizzling fastball, sharp curve and
commanding presence, he pitched his Bronx, N.Y., team to a
third-place finish in the Little League World Series in August. His
manager insisted Almonte was 12 years old, the maximum age allowed,
and produced a birth certificate and passport as proof.
Later, a birth certificate was found showing Almonte was really
14 -- a document the Dominican Republic government later verified.
This week, Little League Baseball announced changes in the way it
will check player eligibility.
Tim Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays
Tim Johnson told war stories out of school. Scott Halleran/Allsport
Johnson was fired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in March
1999 after lying about his Marine service in Vietnam. He taught
mortar training to recruits going to Vietnam, yet never served
there. But he made up stories, including one about shooting a young
girl, trying to inspire the club.
The truth about Johnson's background was revealed during the
1998 season and caused friction in the Blue Jays' clubhouse. He
apologized to the team the next year early in camp and was fired in
the middle of spring training. Jim Fregosi took over Toronto and
Johnson later managed in Mexico.
Also, Johnson's official Blue Jays bio said he was a high school
All-American basketball player who turned down a chance to play for
UCLA, but it was not true.
Al Martin, Seattle Mariners
Al Martin's uncle did play for USC ... but he didn't. AP
The Seattle outfielder had claimed for years he
played football at Southern California in the 1980s. The Mariners'
2001 media guide said he "attended the University of Southern
California on a football scholarship" and "played two seasons at
strong safety for the Trojans."
The school said it had no record that Martin ever enrolled,
received scholarship money or played in a game. A Mariners
spokesman talked with USC this year and said the erroneous
information would be removed from the guide's next edition.