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Tractors, Rainbows and Chi Chi

Chi Chi Rodriguez was warming up on the driving range for a seniors tournament when a tractor chugged by.

“Hey, that may be Arnie’s tractor,” said Chi Chi, referring to Palmer’s motor oil commercial. “But I got the hub caps.”

Rodriguez, who was paired the previous day with black golfers Lee Elder and Charles Owens, said they called themselves the rainbow coalition.

“Man, we looked like a peace march out there,” he said. “I kept waiting for Jesse Jackson to show up.”

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From former football coach Darrell Royal, admitting that his title of special assistant to the president at the University of Texas is largely ceremonial: “I try to play golf at least once a day.”

Remember when they asked Stan Musial what he did as a vice president of the St. Louis Cardinals?

“I have a darn good job with the Cardinals but please don’t ask me what I do,” he said.

Trivia Time: Former NFL players Don Paul, Gene Washington and Larry Brown share what distinction? (Answer below.)

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When the Portland Trail Blazers traded away Mychal Thompson, Steve Duin of the Portland Oregonian recalled some notable quotes by the Bahamian.

--"I hate it when my man scores on me and I hate losing. Those are the only things in life that bother me. That and not having ketchup on the tray when I order room service.”

--On off-season conditioning: “Run? Sure I run all the way from my beach blanket to the soda pop stand. A number of times.”

--"There isn’t much difference between Sam Bowie and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”

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It-had-to-happen dept.: “I’ve never seen Terry Forster throw better,” Angels’ broadcaster Al Conin said Sunday. Next pitch, Andre Thornton dumped it over the center-field fence.

78 Years Ago Today: On June 30, 1908, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hit no-run game of his career against the New York Highlanders. At 41 years 3 months, he was the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

On this date in 1962, Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to his first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson predicts that San Francisco, under his old pitching coach Roger Craig, will win the National League West.

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“Have you seen some of the lineups the Dodgers have thrown out there lately?” he said.

Add Sparky: Sign on his office wall: “Leave me alone, I’m having a crisis.”

From John Jeansonne of Newsday, suggesting that a franchise player no longer is a savior of teams but one who markets himself through commercials: “Under the new definition, Beowulf wouldn’t be recognized so much for saving the Danes from the monster Grendel as for endorsing the mead he drank between battles.

“Gimme a Mead Light.”

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Trivia Answer: There were two of each--Don Paul (linebacker Rams, defensive back Cleveland Browns); Gene Washington (wide receivers for Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers); Larry Brown (running back Washington Redskins, tight end Pittsburgh Steelers).

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Sam Rutigliano, on rejecting the head coaching job at Northwestern despite all the benefits the school offered: “The problem is those 11 Saturdays, shaking hands with Bo Schembechler, Earle Bruce.”


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