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BETWEEN THE LINES
Peter Gammons
May 05, 1986
DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS
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May 05, 1986

Between The Lines

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DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS

Detroit outfielder Dave Collins had words with Boston pitcher Al Nipper on April 21 after Nipper hit him with a pitch. After the game, Nipper was still upset at Collins's reaction and said, "If he doesn't want anyone pitching inside, put a dress on him."

Two days later, Collins arrived at Fenway Park and found a blue dress hanging in his locker with COLLINS 29 on the back. There was an accompanying card signed, "Hugs and pitches, Al." Collins then tried on the dress and walked around the clubhouse.

The prankster, to nobody's surprise, was teammate Dave LaPoint.

JUST A COINCIDENCE
The Minnesota baseball team has the same number of nonwhite players as the Minnesota hockey team. The Twins have Kirby Puckett and Alejandro Sanchez; the North Stars, Tony McKegney and Dirk Graham.

NICKNAME OF THE WEEK
Don ( Luis Tiant) Mattingly. He got the nickname last week when he claimed that his April 20 birthday was his 24th, not his 25th as listed in the Yankee media guide. He said he would produce his birth certificate as proof.

THE TOPPS MAN OF THE WEEK

Yankee reliever Brian Fisher checked into the team's Kansas City hotel the night of April 20. Waiting for the players was a horde of autograph seekers, and Fisher, who had been struggling on the mound, was about to sign his own baseball card when he noticed something. "I saw what I was doing wrong this year," said Fisher. "I had my elbow outside, and that was causing me to open up too quick. I wasn't getting the same power."

The next night Fisher retired all five batters he faced.

THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

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