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July 08, 2002
PeevedRangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, the Viagra pitchman, after an organist at Pittsburgh's PNC Park played Pop Goes the Weasel and the theme from The Woody Woodpecker Show when Palmeiro went to bat during the June 21-23 series. "It's really not a joking matter," said Palmeiro. "Whether it's hemorrhoids or hair loss, none of us is perfect."
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July 08, 2002

The Blotter

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Peeved
Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, the Viagra pitchman, after an organist at Pittsburgh's PNC Park played Pop Goes the Weasel and the theme from The Woody Woodpecker Show when Palmeiro went to bat during the June 21-23 series. "It's really not a joking matter," said Palmeiro. "Whether it's hemorrhoids or hair loss, none of us is perfect."

Condemned
By Pakistan's Sports Board, tennis player Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, 22, a Pakistani Muslim, for partnering at Wimbledon with Amir Hadad, an Israeli Jew. The duo lost in the third round on Monday.

Hired
By Southeastern Louisiana, football coach Hal Mumme, who led Kentucky to a 20-26 record, including back-to-back bowl games in 1998 and 1999, before resigning. The NCAA later placed Kentucky on probation for three years and stripped the program of 19 scholarships for more than three dozen violations committed during Mumme's tenure.

Resigned
As wrestling coach at Avon ( Ind.) High School, Aron Bright, 31, who admitted that he bit off the head of a live sparrow in front of several team members last December in an effort to fire them up for a meet. He will remain at the school as a history and geography teacher.

Died
Of lung cancer, Jay Berwanger, 88, the first winner of the Heisman Trophy. Known as the One-Man Gang at the University of Chicago, the 6'1", 195-pound halfback, punter and linebacker received what was then called the Downtown Athletic Club Award in 1935 for his two-way excellence. (The honor was renamed the following year for DAC director of athletics John W. Heisman.) Berwanger was the first player selected, by the Philadelphia Eagles, in the inaugural NFL draft, but he turned his back on a pro career after the Bears, who'd traded for his rights, refused his demand for $25,000 over two years. He served as a Naval aviator instructor during World War II before founding Jay Berwanger Inc., a manufacturer of plastic and sponge-rubber strips for car doors and farm machinery.

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