At age 93, longtime baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi. In 1939 Bavasi, a native
New Yorker, began working for the Brooklyn Dodgers as traveling secretary and
publicity director. He replaced Branch Rickey as general manager in '51 and
built eight National League pennant winners around such future Hall of Famers
as Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax; during his
18-year tenure the Dodgers won four World Series—including their only title in
Brooklyn, in '55. Bavasi (above, with Pee Wee Reese, Campanella and Robinson),
whose son Bill is G.M. of the Mariners, left the Dodgers in 1968 to become
president of the expansion Padres, and he also worked for the Angels.
At age 93, Hall of Fame trainer Frank Whiteley Jr. In his nearly 50-year
career, Whiteley trained two Horses of the Year: Damascus in 1967 and Forego in
'76. But he is best remembered for training Ruffian, the filly who won her
first 10 races, then was euthanized after breaking down in a '75 match race
with Kentucky Derby champ Foolish Pleasure. Whiteley died last Friday—one day
before another filly, Eight Belles, had to be put down (page 42).
From a professional baseball career that lasted nearly 30 years, Julio Franco
(right). The 49-year-old was playing for the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican
league when he made the announcement last week. In 2,527 major league games
over 23 years, Franco had 2,586 hits and 173 homers, the last of which came off
Randy Johnson in May 2007 and made Franco, then 48, the oldest major leaguer to
hit a home run. "[Retiring] was the hardest decision in my life," said
Franco, who was hitting .250 for Quintana Roo.
From the LSU football team by coach Les Miles, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux
(left). Miles did not specify a reason, but according to ESPN, Perrilloux
failed a drug test. The backup to Matt Flynn during the Tigers' national
championship run last season, Perrilloux was one of the top prospects in the
recruiting class of 2005 and was set to be the starter as a junior in the fall.
However, he had several missteps; he'd previously been suspended from the team
three times. Said Miles, "Ryan was given every opportunity to be a part of
this football team."
On charges of heroin distribution, former Olympic track gold medalist Tim
Montgomery. According to a report in The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, the former
100-meter world-record holder was arrested on a sealed indictment on April 30
for allegedly selling more than 100 grams of heroin in Virginia over the past
year. Montgomery, 33, was already awaiting sentence on May 16 for his role in a
check-fraud scam and faces up to 46 months in prison. If found guilty of the
drug charge, he could receive up to 40 years in prison. Montgomery said he had
"no idea" why he was being charged.
By Philadelphia police about a shooting that happened near a bar and a garage
he owns, Colts receiver Marvin Harrison. "Why he was interviewed, that is
all part of the investigation," said Lieut. Frank Vanore. "No one is a
suspect." According to radio station WIP, a man was shot in the hand on the
evening of April 29 after arguing with Harrison at Playmakers, Harrison's bar.
The station reported that ballistics tests revealed the shots came from a
custom-made Belgian handgun; Harrison reportedly owns such a gun. Harrison's
agent called the reports "erroneous."
With type 1 diabetes, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. The 25-year-old found out
three weeks ago that he will need daily insulin injections. "It's not going
to change me on the field. I'm going to make some lifestyle changes, but I am
probably going to be a better quarterback this year," said Cutler.