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May 25, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ The Yokohama Taiyo Whales blanked the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 Wednesday as Carlos Ponce, formerly with the Milwaukee Brewers, hit his ninth home run of the Japanese baseball season.

The fourth-inning homer was off former New York Yankee pitcher Bill Gullickson, who absorbed his fourth straight loss.

Former minor leaguer Tyler Van Berkleo homered with one on and led the Seibu Lions to a 7-0 defeat of the Lotte Orions.

The Nankai Hawks scored a run on a double by Tony Bernazard, formerly with the Oakland Athletics, in the third inning and another in the fourth on former minor leaguer George Wright’s triple, and downed the Nippon Ham Fighters 2-1.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Former Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen and ex-New York Yankees outfielder Tommy Henrich, who participated in one of the most famous plays in World Series history, were named winners of the Guinness Stout ″Big ‘G’ Award″ Wednesday.

The award, which will be presented to them June 9 in New York, honors extraordinary sports situations that never were included in the Guinness Book of Records.

In Game 4 of the 1941 World Series, the Dodgers led the Yankees 4-3 with two outs in the ninth inning and nobody on base. With Hugh Casey pitching, Henrich worked the count to 3-2 and then swung and missed a breaking ball to apparently end the game. But the ball got past Owen and Henrich reached first base safely. The Yankees went on to score four runs in the inning and defeated the Dodgers 7-4.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma State second baseman Brad Beanblossom and Santa Clara pitcher Wesley Bliven were selected Wednesday as members of the GTE Academic All-America Baseball Team.

The players were chosen by the 1,400-member College Sports Information Directors of America. To qualify for the team, a player must be a varsity starter or key reserve and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 out of a possible 4.0.

Beanblossom batted .335 and had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Bliven, who had a 13-2 won-loss record and a 3.86 GPA, was named to the team for the third consecutive year.

Other members of the first team are Texas Christian first baseman Robert Jones, Bucknell shortstop Joe Markulike, third baseman Matthew Anderson of Oklahoma, outfielders John Gorsel of Miami, Ohio; William Masse of Wake Forest and Kevin Tahan of U.S. International, Iowa State catcher Patrick Heiderscheit, UCLA pitcher Michael Magnante and Texas designated hitter Michael Patrick.

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HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday they have signed import defensive back Rodney Thomas for the 1988 Canadian Football League season.

Thomas, 21, attended Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich.

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