HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
Roger Craig has been hired as a consultant for the film version of the John R. Tunis book The Kid from Tomkinsville. Craig had another brush with the movies in 1973, when he was hired to play an old pitching star throwing to his son. Unfortunately, he says, "the night before they were going to film it, I had a bad back and couldn't get out of bed. I had a back operation, and the movie never got made."
Dodger owner Peter O'Malley sent a T-shirt to George Steinbrenner emblazoned with I READ BOWIE'S BOOK across the front. The message refers to former commissioner Kuhn's book, Hardball, in which Kuhn gives Steinbrenner a few shots. O'Malley made the T-shirt the medium for his message because the Yankee owner sent shirts reading BOWIE'S BOBO to Kuhn supporters during the bitter fight over his ouster in 1985. Steinbrenner wore the new shirt into manager Lou Piniella's office, pointed to the message and said, "I should throw up all over it."
SCENE OF SPRING
White Sox owner Eddie Einhorn was in the Mets' dugout before an exhibition game in St. Petersburg, getting a baseball autographed.
BILL BUCKNER DIDN'T ENTER
At the baseball decathlon in Palm Springs this winter, Eric Davis, Vince Coleman, Bo Jackson, Tim Raines and Brett Butler were among those who participated in three races: home-to-first, first-to-second and second-to-home. Raines won the first two, and Jackson won the second-to-home.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I think we'll get snow before we get Raines."—Seattle's Dick Williams.
"I used to be the toast of Toronto. Now I'm the jelly."—Blue Jays outfielder Lloyd Moseby, the subject of numerous trade rumors.
"I honestly believe I can be as good as Roger Clemens."—Giants pitcher Jim (28-40) Gott, who, last June 24, had a shoulder operation similar to the one Clemens had in 1985.
"I can't figure out how anyone in the American League West finishes as high as .500. I guess the only reason is that they have to play one another."—Cardinal manager Whitey Herzog.