EVERYONE INTO THE POOL
In a letter in the Sept. 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, Fritz R. Dixon, M.D., of Boise, Idaho, unveiled a novel approach to testing for banned substances. Wrote Dixon: "[Have] all athletes, coaches, and other persons who appear on behalf of the winning team...contribute a urine sample immediately after winning a competition. Portions from each sample could be mixed, and the combination tested for drugs of abuse. If the sample is positive, the team loses the competition."
TAKING NO CHANCES
In Los Angeles in June, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Scott Scudder was summoned by Reds general manager Murray Cook and informed that he was being demoted to Triple A Nashville. As Cook imparted the bad news, a mild earthquake shook the Los Angeles area (SI, June 26). Deadpanned Scudder, "Does it always shake like this when you send somebody out?"
Two months later, Scudder had been recalled and was with the Reds in San Francisco. In the wee hours of the morning, another earthquake struck. Scudder, who was in bed in his hotel room, rolled over and took the phone off the hook.
Here are a couple of interesting tidbits from California Angel reliever Bryan Harvey's personal file, as flashed on the scoreboard at Anaheim Stadium recently:
WISH—TO END ALL THE KILLING IN THE WORLD.
HOBBIES—HUNTING AND FISHING.