To the family of sportscaster and writer Dick Schaap, $1.95 million in medical malpractice damages. In September 2001, the 67-year-old Schaap checked into Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for hip-replacement surgery. He went into respiratory distress after the operation and, without leaving the hospital, died three months later. Schaap's family sued, saying that he had suffered lung damage from regular use of a drug to treat an irregular heartbeat, and that doctors should have postponed the hip surgery to give his lungs time to heal.
The right leg of Cal offensive tackle Mike Tepper, who was run over by a car filled with men who had been harassing a female friend of his. The 6'6", 312-pound sophomore was walking near the campus in Berkeley with former Cal volleyball player Camille Leffal when the men began taunting the pair and cut them off in a crosswalk. When the two tried to pass behind the car, the driver threw it into reverse and hit the gas. Tepper pushed Leffal out of the way but was run over, breaking his fibula, dislocating his tibia and tearing ankle ligaments. Two men were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Tepper, who had surgery last week, will miss the 2005 season. Leffal escaped with bruises. Bears coach Jeff Tedford said he was "proud of the courage Mike showed."
Former All-Star catcher Dick Dietz, of a heart attack at age 63. Dietz played eight seasons, mostly with the Giants, and homered in the 1970 All-Star game, but he's best remembered for one of the most controversial plays in major league history. In 1968 Dietz batted with the bases loaded against Dodgers righthander Don Drysdale, who had pitched 44 consecutive scoreless innings, 12 short of Walter Johnson's record. Dietz was hit by a pitch, seemingly ending the shutout streak, but umpire Harry Wendelstedt ruled that he didn't attempt to avoid the ball and called him out. Drysdale escaped the inning without allowing a run and went on to set a record of 582/3 scoreless innings.