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the zapper
Alan Shipnuck
October 18, 1999
In the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, the title character improbably smashes a foul ball that kills the prettiest woman in town. In Game I of the American League Division Series between the Rangers and the Yankees, New York's Chuck Knoblauch not so improbably smacked a foul ball that bloodied Don Zimmer, the Yankees' Buddha-like bench coach. Zim may not be the prettiest man in New York, but judging by all the airtime he received, the camera loves him, which can only be described as stranger than fiction.... That Rangers-Yankees telecast on NBC attracted a 14 share. Competing against the game, the season premiere of ABC's Sports Night earned a respectable 13.
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October 18, 1999

The Zapper

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In the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, the title character improbably smashes a foul ball that kills the prettiest woman in town. In Game I of the American League Division Series between the Rangers and the Yankees, New York's Chuck Knoblauch not so improbably smacked a foul ball that bloodied Don Zimmer, the Yankees' Buddha-like bench coach. Zim may not be the prettiest man in New York, but judging by all the airtime he received, the camera loves him, which can only be described as stranger than fiction.... That Rangers-Yankees telecast on NBC attracted a 14 share. Competing against the game, the season premiere of ABC's Sports Night earned a respectable 13.

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