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O.K., you guys. Short straw tells Tommy Hearns he no longer merits listing. Then lets Mean Joe Greene know that he's yesterday's news. And don't forget to pass the word to Don Shula. A guy has a couple of 8-8 years and they're filling out death certificates. And whom do they replace him with? Matt Guokas, coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic. Here's a bet: When their careers are all over, Shula will have won more games than Guokas or I'll sweep out Joe Robbie Stadium with a flyswatter.
Even Yogi Berra has been evicted and is now renting a little condo here in Nowheresville. We can only imagine how Yogi must feel about it.
Us: Yogi, bad news. You just got dropped from Who's Who.
Yogi: Whose what?
Us: Who's Who dropped you.
Yogi: How should I know?
Now, some of the newly forgotten had a perfectly nice run and should rightfully hand over their two-inch paragraph of Who's Whoness without grousing. Dwight Clark's little corner of fame was foreclosed, as were Kellen Winslow's and Herb Brooks's. And for every debatable pink slip- Barry Switzer, Mike Bossy—there are two that should have been issued three volumes ago: Tracy Austin, Mark Gastineau, Kelly Tripucka, David Graham.
But how did Orr get axed? Bobby Orr! Mr. Daniels and his five-person research staff would do well to stay out of the greater Boston area for, oh, the next few millennia. Jack Nicklaus is gone too. Can you believe that? If Stan Musial and Willis Reed stay, which they do, then Nicklaus stays 11 editions past them, dead or alive.
And speaking of blunders, George Brett and Willie McGee were dumped, meaning Who's Who exterminated the American League and the National League batting champions for 1990. "They weren't making many All-Star teams anymore," says Daniels, "so we let them go."