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November 24, 2003
The Lineup Joe Torre puts on the field as Yankees manager has nothing on the one he assembled for a Nov. 12 benefit at the Ritz Carlton in downtown New York to launch his Safe at Home Foundation. Billy Crystal, who has been pals with Torre since they met at Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium in 1996, was the emcee, and five-time Grammy winner Norah Jones provided the entertainment for the 400 people in attendance. Bob Costas and several current and former Yankees—including Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Yogi Berra—were also on hand. There was an auction, with a round of golf with Torre and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and a weekend with the Yankees at spring training on the block. The party raised $1.3 million for Torre's foundation, which benefits children in abusive families. (Torre wrote about his abusive father in his 1997 autobiography, Chasing the Dream.)
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November 24, 2003

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The Lineup Joe Torre puts on the field as Yankees manager has nothing on the one he assembled for a Nov. 12 benefit at the Ritz Carlton in downtown New York to launch his Safe at Home Foundation. Billy Crystal, who has been pals with Torre since they met at Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium in 1996, was the emcee, and five-time Grammy winner Norah Jones provided the entertainment for the 400 people in attendance. Bob Costas and several current and former Yankees—including Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Yogi Berra—were also on hand. There was an auction, with a round of golf with Torre and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and a weekend with the Yankees at spring training on the block. The party raised $1.3 million for Torre's foundation, which benefits children in abusive families. ( Torre wrote about his abusive father in his 1997 autobiography, Chasing the Dream.)

? Jim McMahon is apparently a punk. Since December the former Bears quarterback has been featured on posters for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission that read DON'T BE A PUNK AND GET DRUNK, OUR SERVERS SERVE RESPONSIBLY and were displayed in restaurants and bars all over the Chicago area. The posters are coming down, however, because last week McMahon, 44, was charged with DUI in Navarre, Fla., after registering 0.261 on a Breathalyzer test—more than three times the state's legal limit. "I'm too drunk, you got me," McMahon told the police who stopped him. He faces a Dec. 18 court date.

?Outfielder Curtis Pride didn't quite make it to the postseason—though in a brief call-up to the Yankees in July he got a curtain call after homering against the Red Sox. He did host, however, that other fall classic: the Palm Beach Wiffle Ball World Series to benefit the Together with Pride Foundation, which works with hearing-impaired children. (Pride, 34, was born deaf.) Forty-eight four-person teams competed, and among those who turned out were Gary Carter, the Famous Chicken, major league umpires Angel Hernandez and Ed Rapuano, and Jay Crawford, the cohost of ESPN2's Cold Pizza. Unlike last year, when Rapuano nearly had to eject a participant for arguing a Wiffle ball call, this year's event was controversy-free. About 600 people showed up, and $16,000 was raised.

?The ball that Cubs fan Steve Bart-man prevented Chicago leftfielder Moises Alou from catching in Game 6 of the NLCS will be sold at auction. Jim, a 33-year-old Chicago lawyer who doesn't want his last name revealed, snagged the ball after Bartman dropped it and has kept it in a safe-deposit box since the end of the playoffs. It will go up for bids on MastroNet, a Chicago-based Internet auction house, on Dec. 1 with an opening price of $5,000. "I don't look at it as profiting off [Bartman's] misfortune," Jim said. "I didn't cause his situation to occur.... He was just a random guy sitting in front me."... Bob Cousy is also getting in on the auction business. The Celtics Hall of Fame guard is selling 155 items, including his championship ring and his All-Star Game and MVP trophies from 1957. The proceeds will go to his two daughters and two grandchildren. "I was never one to go down [to the basement] and say, 'Gee, isn't this wonderful?' " Cousy said. "I'm not a yesterday person."

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