A Designer Ty
Although she is accustomed to making fashion statements, New York clothing designer Nicole Miller has now made a fashion misstatement. One of the ties in her hot-selling line of neckwear with sports motifs is devoted to baseball. It presents a number of scenes, including Willie Mays's catch in the 1954 World Series and Jackie Robinson stealing home. The tie also features Babe Ruth as he appeared on his 1933 Goudey baseball card. The inscription above him reads GEORGIA PEACH.
The Ingrate One
After signing a six-year contract reportedly worth $15 million with the Philadelphia Flyers last week, Eric Lindros pulled on a number 88 jersey and blasted the hapless Quebec Nordiques, which had held the rights to him for more than a year. "It's the first time in a long time I've been wearing the sweater of a team that has the will to win," said the 19-year-old Lindros. Maybe he forgot that he was a member of Team Canada when it won the 1991 Canada Cup and that he played for the Canadian team that got the silver medal at the '92 Winter Olympics. Maybe Lindros should spend some of his new bounty on lessons in public relations.
Women among Boys
As a tuneup for the Olympics, U.S. women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz wanted her players to compete against opponents who were comparable in height and talent. So what if most of the opposition happened to be of the opposite sex?
In the past month the Olympians lost 93-86 to the Spokane (Wash.) All-Stars, an all-male team of former college and high school players; fell 74-66 to a coed squad of former University of Tennessee players, who rallied in the final four minutes by playing four men; beat the Mid-Atlantic All-Stars, a mostly male team of college and college-bound players, in two out of three periods; and edged the Central Jersey AAU boys' team, which included several top Division I prospects, 110-105 in overtime.
In addition to steeling the U.S. team for Barcelona, the series of intergender games provided an indication of how the play in women's hoops compares with that of the men's game. Said one Division I men's coach who was at the game on July 15 against Central Jersey, "They would get drilled by any Division I men's team and most Division II and III teams. Don't get me wrong, they're probably the best women's Olympic team ever. But they couldn't deal with the height and physical play inside."
Like its male counterpart, the female Dream Team has 11 professionals and only one amateur. Suzie McConnell, a 5'4" point guard who played at Penn State, is a high school basketball coach in Pittsburgh and the mother of a 21-month-old son, Peter. McConnell, 25, had a game-high 10 assists against the AAU team. "If there was any thought of this being a boys-against-girls game, that was gone from the beginning," said Central Jersey coach Rich Leary.
The game blurred gender lines in more ways than one. Afterward, McConnell walked up to Central Jersey guard Jason Murdock, a high school standout who's the cousin of Milwaukee Buck guard Eric, shook his hand and playfully tweaked his ear. "Nice earring," she said.
Oscars in Their Mitts
Jim Caple of the St. Paul Pioneer Press points out that several Academy Award nominees have played catchers on the big screen. To his list we have added a couple of names of our own. Though none of these thespians received nominations for their roles as receivers, here are their diamond credits: Buster Keaton (College), Robert De Niro (Bang the Drum Slowly), James Earl Jones (Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings), Kevin Costner (Bull Durham), Tom Berenger (Major League) and Geena Davis (A League of Their Own).