On Anaheim outfielder Adam Riggs's jersey, the word angels. Riggs took the field last Saturday against the Tigers wearing a jersey that read ANGEES and didn't notice the error until teammates began laughing in the first inning. Undaunted, Riggs played on, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in an 11-7 Anaheim win. Manager Mike Scioscia did his best to explain the gaffe, saying, "We've had some kindergartners chip in and do some sewing for us."
On $100,000 bail in the Pinellas County ( Fla.) jail after being extradited from Germany by U.S. marshals on Aug. 3, former tennis star Roscoe Tanner. Tanner, whose legal woes stretch back nearly a decade (SI, Aug. 4), faces charges of grand theft and obtaining property by passing a worthless check in Florida, where he is accused of swindling a yacht broker out of $35,595. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted, and officials in Florida have indicated that when the state is through with Tanner, they will send him to New Jersey, where he faces charges of failure to pay more than $70,000 in child support.
By Bill Jenkinson of the Society for American Baseball Research ( SABR) as the longest home run ever hit, a shot Babe Ruth launched at Artillery Park in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Ruth's homer capped a remarkable three-day stretch in October 1926. On the 10th he hit the longest homer in World Series history, a 510-footer at Yankee Stadium in a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, which gave St. Louis the championship. The following day he visited Johnny Sylvester, a sick 10-year-old New Jersey boy who, legend has it, had earlier asked Ruth to hit a home run for him in the Series. (The Bambino obliged with four.) On the 12th he visited Wilkes-Barre for an exhibition game between Hughestown and Larksville, two local semipro teams. Ruth challenged Larksville pitcher Ernie Corkran to throw his fastest pitch and belted it to rightfield. According to newspaper accounts, it was still rising as it cleared the fence 400 feet away. For the only time in his life, Ruth asked for a measurement, and he was told that the ball traveled 650 feet. Jenkinson, who has been researching homers for 23 years, doubts it went that far. But after studying aerial photographs of the field and taking measurements, he said, "I think the people from this area can rightfully claim the longest ball in competitive baseball history was hit here. I think we can fairly conclude that this ball traveled well over 600 feet."
On a floor at New York City's JFK Airport last Thursday night, Giants outfielder Tony Torcato. Summoned to New York to join the team from Triple A Fresno, Torcato landed 20 minutes after the city's power went out. Unable to get a cellphone signal, he was stranded in the airport—a mere eight miles from Shea Stadium, where his teammates were stuck on a bus—for 27 hours before a league official picked him up. Said Torcato, 23, who met up with the team in Montreal, "It was the worst experience I've had in my life. I don't ever want to go back there."
After serving 70 months in prison for the armed robbery of a Eugene, Ore., pizza parlor, Olympic hopeful Jonathan Gill, 34. The once-promising prep miler trained by circling prison tracks—running up to 100 miles a week—like Peter Strauss in the 1979 TV movie The Jericho Mile. "I sincerely believe he has a chance to make the Olympic team," says Gill's coach, Dick Brown, who trained Olympian Mary Decker Slaney. In solitary confinement on his 30th birthday, Gill vowed to represent the U.S. in the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Games. To do so he must place in the top three at the July trials—and run the equivalent of a 3:52 mile. "It's about desire," Gill says. "This is my way out."