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Names In The Game

April 23, 1992

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Former Tulsa receiver Dan Bitson, who overcame life-threatening injuries from a car crash in 1989, has signed a one-year contract with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

″I’m grateful to Toronto for recognizing me and allowing me to go up there,″ Bitson said Wednesday. ″As far as the NFL is concerned, that’s every American boys’ dream. If that does come my way, I’ll definitely take it.″

Bitson’s car was struck in December 1989 by a driver who had a seizure.

He had two broken legs, ligament damage in his knees, a broken kneecap, broken wrist, nerve damage, cut tongue and facial cuts when his car was struck in December 1989 by a driver who had a seizure. He was hospitalized for months and underwent a dozen operations.

Bitson’s 3,300 career yards are 44 short of a Tulsa record.


HOMER, Ga. (AP) - Dr. Lucas Newton Turk has some fond memories from his 40- year medical career. None can match the day 70 years ago when he faced Ty Cobb in a major league game.

″I was nervous to some extent, he having the records he did,″ said the 93-year-old Turk, 93, who pitched one season for the Washington Senators in 1922.

″You didn’t know what would happen to you. Everyone in the stands was hoping he’d get a hit. He was the greatest,″ Turk said in a recent interview with The Times of Gainesville.

Turk entered the game in relief of the Senators Walter ″Big Train″ Johnson, who was losing 8-3 to Cobb’s Tigers in Detroit. Cobb, whose hometown of Royston is just 20 miles from where Turk was born, came to bat in the eighth inning.

Baseball lore in Homer says Turk struck out the Georgia Peach, but the record books don’t support it. The only career strikeout listed for Turk in his 11.2 innings in the majors came later that year against Bob Hasty of the Philadelphia Athletics.

Turk, now retired, practiced family medicine in Atlanta for 25 years and in Homer for 15 years after attending Johns Hopkins and Emory universities.


WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) - Former world 500cc motorcycling champion Wayne Gardner of Australia said today that he has decided against retirement and planned to return to Grands Prix competition within six weeks.

Gardner considered retiring after breaking his right leg during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on March 29. The 1987 world champion broke his left leg in three places three years ago.

″I certainly considered retirement, especially in the days immediately after the accident,″ Gardner said. ″But the more I thought about it, the easier the decision to return became.

″There are lots of other things to do in this world, but I realized that there is nothing I like better than racing. I realized that I couldn’t quit racing like that, with a broken leg forcing me out. I have to go out on a better note than that.″


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