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February 10, 1997
Bowe Joins the Corps...Jets Fumble on Parcells...Another A's Homecoming...Ruthian Remembrance...High Schoolers Against Racism...Super Bowl Celebrations
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February 10, 1997


Bowe Joins the Corps...Jets Fumble on Parcells...Another A's Homecoming...Ruthian Remembrance...High Schoolers Against Racism...Super Bowl Celebrations

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JOSE CANSECO—who hit 231 home runs but nothing new for a franchise that has done for the Oakland Athletics between 1985 and some traveling itself, from Philadelphia (1901 '92, was traded to the Texas Rangers and to '54) to Kansas City (1955 to '67) to Oakland, traded again to the Boston Red Sox in '94—As this chart shows, the A's have a history of was sent back to the A's last week. It was news welcoming back celebrated wayward sons.

A's Debut




Second baseman from 1906 to '14; hit .337 and led American League in runs three times.

Sold to Chicago White Sox in 1915 and played for them through '26; led league in steals three times and managed Sox from '24 to '26.

Returned in 1927 and batted .326 over his final four seasons, the last three as a pinch hitter.


Outfielder from 1924 to '32; won batting titles in '30 and '31.

Sold to White Sox in 1933; after three seasons there played with Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators. Boston Braves and Cincinnati Reds from '36 to '39.

Returned in 1940 for 46 games before retiring in '42; came back with Red Sox in '43; finished with A's in '44.


Outfielder from 1967 to '75; hit 254 homers and won the '73 MVP award.

Traded to Baltimore Orioles in 1976; a year later went as a free agent to New York Yankees for five years before going J to California Angels for another five.

Returned as a free agent in 1987 for his 21st and final season; hit .220 with 15 homers in 115 games


Outfielder from 1979 to '84; set single-season stolen-base record of 130 in '82.

Traded to Yankees in 1985; played in pinstripes until June '89 and won three stolen-base titles in those years.

Returned in a 1989 trade and won '90 MVP award; with the San Diego Padres—for now.

Can He Handle the Truth?

In 1992, when Riddick Bowe won the heavyweight title for the first time, outpointing Evander Holy-field—who had knocked out Buster Douglas after Douglas had upset Mike Tyson—Bowe proclaimed himself "the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the man." That's a few good men right there, which of course is just what the U.S. Marine Corps is looking for. Well, last week the Corps got Bowe, who, while not the man he once was in the ring, seems determined to become a good Marine.

At a press conference in New York City the 29-year-old Bowe announced that he was fulfilling a lifelong dream of joining "the best outfit out there" by signing on for a three-year hitch in the Marine active reserves. That put him in the company of leatherneck heavyweight champs Gene Tunney, Ken Norton and Leon Spinks. On Feb. 10 Bowe will report to Parris Island, S.C., for a three-month boot camp that likely will be far tougher than any of Bowe's prefight camps—Big Daddy, after all, has not always been semper fi in his training. If he goes the distance there, he'll be assigned to a reserve unit near his home in Maryland and will be free (and presumably fit) to box between monthly meetings. However, Bowe's manager, Rock Newman, said that were it up to him, Bowe, a two-time champion who has earned more than $100 million in the ring but who has looked terrible in his most recent bouts, would retire. Certainly Bowe has earned his stripes in boxing. It may well be time to march on.

Still Losers

The New York Jets can't win. Not on the field, where they've gone 4-28 over the past two seasons, and not off it, either, as their lame effort to hire coach Bill Parcells, who quit last Friday as the coach of the New England Patriots, underscores. While the Patriots took control of their own future (on Monday they locked up well-regarded Pete Carroll as coach for the next five years) and the immediate football future of Parcells (he can't take any other NFL job in the next year without Pats owner Bob Kraft's O.K.), the Jets seemed to be left in a lose-lose situation, with little leverage in their negotiations to land the right to sign Parcells.

New York has a few options, all of them unappealing: 1) hire Parcells and give New England the No. 1 draft pick (Orlando Pace? Peyton Manning?) that last year's 1-15 Jets suffered so much to get; 2) hire an interim coach to guide New York until Parcells's Patriots contract runs out on Jan. 31, 1998, creating a potentially chaotic relationship between the players and a lame-duck coach; or 3) abandon the Parcells quest and hire someone else for the long term, a scenario that would disappoint and anger the New York faithful.

Former Cleveland Browns coach and current Patriots' assistant Bill Belichick, a Parcells ally from their days together coaching the New York Giants, talked with the Jets on Monday and has been named as the possible coach in options 2 and 3. But he's no Parcells. And it will take someone of that ability to turn the Jets around.

The Jets' biggest error was in apparently believing that Parcells would be delivered to them after the season by his longtime agent, Robert Fraley. (There's no evidence that Fraley or Parcells had direct contact with the Jets until after the Super Bowl.) The Atlanta Falcons trusted Fraley when he told them he could deliver Parcells in 1987, but then-commissioner Pete Rozelle blocked the move because Parcells was still under contract to the Giants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trusted Fraley when he told them he could deliver Parcells for the '92 season, but Parcells, then a TV analyst, waffled and lost his chance at the job. And the Jets seemingly trusted Fraley, only to have commissioner Paul Tagliabue rule that Parcells's contract, which Kraft modified a year ago at the coach's behest so that Parcells would be free to leave after four years instead of five, did not permit Parcells to coach elsewhere without Kraft's permission. Whether Fraley and Parcells simply misconstrued the contract or thought they could skip out on New England regardless of the contract provisions, the Jets' naiveté in the Parcells mess illustrates why the team just keeps on losing.

Sitting Down to Stand Up

In the second quarter of a Jan. 28 game at rival Brewster High in Putnam County, N.Y., Fox Lane High's Lesean Coackley was ejected after a shoving match with a Brewster player. Later, Lesean, who is black, told his coach, George Masters, that he had been reacting to racial taunts from the Brewster side. Brewster coach John Martino and his players insist no racial comments were made.

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