"Nor is it particularly gentlemanly. Some club owners in the United States claim that cheating is so rife now that all bats should be x-rayed before games. Buzzie Bavasi, a player [sic] with the California Angels, said: 'I will agree to that if the owners will have their heads x-rayed, too.' "
The Los Angeles Clippers may not be the most talented team in the NBA, but they certainly are the most litigious. In the four years that Donald Sterling has owned the Clippers, they've spent as much time in court as on it. The league has twice sued them over their unapproved move from San Diego. They've countersued. The Clippers have been involved in two suits with their old arena, and another with an Italian pro team over the rights to forward Michael Cage. They've settled with ex-general manager Ted Podleski but have a suit outstanding against Irv Levin, their former owner. Levin, who is still suing Clippers center Bill Walton and his physicians, originally acquired the team through litigation.
Now the club has taken the Milwaukee Bucks to federal court over its contention that the Bucks concealed Marques Johnson's drug problems when they traded the four-time All Star forward to L.A. last fall. NBA commissioner David Stern usually arbitrates such grievances, but the Clippers are suing him, too. That's what you get from a team whose owner, president and G.M. all have law degrees.
SAY OH, CAN YOU SEE?
The enigmatic Warren Cromartie bolted the Montreal Expos two years ago to play for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, and he became an admirer of his manager, the great slugger Sadaharu Oh. As an Expo, Cro once left a field because he thought he might get hit by lightning. And he took off after marketing his own version of the Baby Ruth, the Cro-Bar.
In Japan, Oh taught Cro patience and concentration. Cro showed his appreciation by naming his newest son Cody Oh Cromartie. "Cody goes well with Cromartie," he says. Oh Cro just didn't sound right. "I don't want my kid to remind people of a bottle of bourbon."