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MINOR EVENT? Who is better on the...

MINOR EVENT? Who is better on the baseball diamond, football players or basketball players? Wednesday, the football player was smiling. Damon Allen, former Cal State Fullerton quarterback and a veteran star of the Canadian Football League, struck out Michael Jordan in a minor league game in Sarasota, Fla. . . . Allen is giving baseball two months before deciding whether to go back to football. He says he didn’t even know his victim was Jordan until he returned to the dugout.

ANYONE’S GAME: You don’t have to be a star athlete like them to love playing baseball. You can even be in a wheelchair. Or blind. . . . The seven-team Challenger Little League for disabled boys and girls opens its season Sunday at Estell Park in La Habra. Volunteer youngsters help them swing the bat when needed, or throw the ball. . . . Says Sandra Goldblatt, one of the parents: “Our kids have the same enthusiasm for the game as everybody else. They can’t wait to start.”

NIXON WATCHER: She went to Whittier College, Richard Nixon’s alma mater, and she taught at Whittier High School, where Pat Nixon once taught. But Susan Naulty was chosen as archivist for the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace because of her 19 years’ experience at the Huntington Library in San Marino. . . . The Nixon Library now says it’s ready to unveil to scholars and researchers thousands of new Nixon documents she’s been busy cataloguing (B1). Says Naulty: “I wish I had another five years to get ready, but this material has been collecting dust far too long.”

OLD BATTLE: About everybody in Orange agrees they can point with pride to the city’s historical district, known as Old Towne. What some of them do not agree on is the name. There’s a move afoot to change the name to Old Orange, which outrages some of the traditionalists. It would also be costly to change all the signs. Councilman Fred L. Barrera says of the proposed new name: “It has a certain pizazz, but I think we have a lot more important things to worry about.”

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