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Names In The Game

August 2, 1996

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Joe Gilbride wants to make a deal with Albert Belle: A baseball in return for a handshake.

Gilbride caught Belle’s two-out, ninth-inning grand slam Wednesday night, which gave the Indians a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays after a rain delay at Jacobs Field.

He was later approached by a stadium security guard, who asked for his name and phone number in case Belle wants the ball.

``I’ll give it back to him,″ Gilbride, 19, of Stow, Ohio, said Thursday. ``I told the security guy: `Tell Albert if he wants the ball back he can have it. I just want to shake his hand. That’s good enough for me.‴

Bob DiBiasio, spokesman for the Indians, said Friday that he was not aware of an attempt by the team to get the ball from Gilbride. He said it is standard procedure for a security guard to get the name of anybody who catches a ball in case a player wants it.

In May, Belle got into trouble trying to get a ball from a fan.

Ken Logan caught Belle’s 21st homer, which he hit May 28 at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Logan asked Belle for an autograph in exchange, but he said Belle refused and used an expletive. The Indians apologized to Logan. Belle did not comment.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Reggie Miller wants to end his career with the Indiana Pacers, his agent says.

Like Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles and Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins, Miller wants to spend his entire career with a single franchise, Arn Tellem said Thursday.

Tellem said he, Miller and Pacers president Donnie Walsh will meet early next week to work out a contract that would enable Miller to finish his NBA career with the Pacers. The parties are likely to meet in Indianapolis a few days after Miller finishes play with the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. The gold medal game is Saturday.

Tellem would not comment on the specifics of the potential new contract. The Indianapolis Star reported that it could average between $8 million and $9 million per season over five years.

Earlier this summer, Miller was quoted as saying he was interested in playing with the New York Knicks, but the fan favorite has since said those remarks were taken out of context.


SELMA, Ala. (AP) _ An Alabama basketball recruit accused of stealing $8,000 worth of jewelry got a lecture from a judge but can still play for the Crimson Tide this fall, his lawyer said.

Donnie Johnson was told ``in no uncertain terms″ Thursday that he is expected to ``act appropriately″ when he goes to Tuscaloosa to begin his college career, said defense lawyer Yusuf Abdus-Salaam.

Johnson, 20, was granted youthful offender status last month, meaning his appearance before Circuit Judge Jack Meigs was not open to the public. Court files also are sealed.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward who helped Selma High School win the state Class 6A basketball championship two years ago, was indicted in February on theft charges. He could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, former Yankees elected together in 1974 to baseball’s Hall of Fame, will be honored with a commemorative pin at the induction ceremonies on Sunday.

The pin, donated by Chase bank, also honors the four other members of that class _ former Negro League star Cool Papa Bell, Jim Bottomley, Sam Thompson and umpire Jocko Conlan.

The bank also is honoring the Class of 1945 with a distinctive pin that commemorates the end of World War II.

It honors the only two people inducted during the war, Rogers Hornsby and commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, as well as the eight inducted that year. They were Jim O’Rourke, Dan Brouthers, Mike ``King″ Kelly, Fred Clarke, Hughie Jennings, Ed Delahanty, Wilbert Robinson and Roger Bresnahan.